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Spring Irrigation Tune-Up

Want to save water and money irrigating your landscape? Not sure what you can do? I'll be leading an online workshop and hosting one on one consultations for the Water Conservation Garden on the Cuyamaca College Campus in El Cajon April and May 2020. Online workshop: Spring Irrigation Tune-up (choose one) Tuesday April 14 @ 11:00am-1:00pm Saturday May 16 @ 10:00am-12:00pm Online or phone: One on One [...]

Low Water Use Plant for Erosion Control

We get a lot of requests for slope plantings and how to manage soil erosion in landscaped areas. Erosion can be mitigated with plantings of various types of material with differing rooting depths and structures. Ideally a mix of trees, shrubs and ground covers will grow in to stabilize soils on slopes. Renovations to replace aging plant material on slopes offers an opportunity to update the plant palette [...]

Smart Controllers and Efficient Irrigation Systems

Which Comes First? Managing high volumes of water on a large landscaped site is no easy task. It takes diligent effort and frequent monitoring to deliver just the right amount of water plants and trees need. Considering new technology, aging irrigation systems and municipal rebate availablity, choices get confusing real fast for property managers and landscape committees. That confusion costs money on every months water bill. Smart irrigation [...]

By |2020-02-15T20:09:50-08:00February 15th, 2020|Uncategorized|2 Comments

What Should We Plant in Our Landscape?

Wondering what plants to choose for your associations renovation? Register here for our seminar focusing on landscapes for HOA sites! Topics include plant choices for specific areas, risk management in the landscape, landscape specifications and maintenance contracts, and a landscape walkthrough on site with Tiffany Faulstich of Botanicon and Brad Brown of Tree Life Consulting. Fri. Nov. 15 11am-4pm at Stonecrest Village Recreation Center, 3110 W. Canyon Ave., [...]

What Size Container Stock Should I Plant in my Landscape?

  Bigger Plants Are Not Always Better   Because we are coming upon the best planting season of the year, fall, let's talk about container plant sizes. Plant material comes in a range of container sizes, 1, 5 or 15 gallon, 24", 36" 48" boxes and up, and some species come bare root in the winter.   The natural human instinct of instant gratification leads many clients [...]

By |2020-02-14T20:32:52-08:00October 10th, 2019|Planning, Plant Selection, Trees|0 Comments

Fall is the Best Time for Landscape Planting

Establishing new landscape plantings is most successful if timed right Here in San Diego and Southern California, we are coming up on the best season for planting landscape trees, shrubs, perennials, turf and ground covers. On large homeowner association, estate and municipal sites, it is difficult to have a good new plant establishment rate without extra care like additional watering and monitoring. That extra care takes time away [...]

What to Look For in an Irrigation Inspection?

3 Items for Visual Inspections of Landscape Irrigation Landscape water use is a big concern here in Southern California. It is a very hot topic with many facets. Water costs a lot of money here, and without oversight, can be a source of complaints, liability and cost over-runs for Homeowner Associations, site users and communities. Landscape managers must be experts at proactive water management! We need to spot [...]

Want to Learn More About Plants?

I'll be teaching OH 170 Plant Materials: Trees and Shrubs again Fall Semester at Cuyamaca College. Class starts August 21. We will be having some of our class meetings at Balboa Park, the best place in San Diego to learn about woody plants! Please email me with any questions. We hope to see you there! OH-170-Promo-FlyerDownload

5 Takeaways From Our Garden Tour

A couple weeks ago Botanicon led a tour of the Water Conservation Garden in El Cajon, CA. Our focus was educating HOA Board members and Property Managers on low maintenance, water wise plant choices for their communities. And who doesn't like to get outside and look at beautiful plant specimens? Thank you to all who attended and sponsored our event. 5-Takeaways-from-HOA-Garden-TourDownload Weeping bottlebrush - Drought tolerant tree with [...]