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 to ask for larger sized container plant stock at initial installation.… Read the rest “What Size Container Stock Should I Plant in my Landscape?”

Nice Plant Selection #2

A Great Small Tree Selection for Spring Blooms

Tired of seeing the same trees being used over and over again? Tree species diversity is important to the urban forest, so let’s mix up the planting palette. Chionanthus retusus, or Chinese fringe tree, is blooming here in San Diego, and what a show! I took these photos about a week ago when I hit the brakes at the sight of these blooms.… Read the rest “Nice Plant Selection #2”

IPM Training for Landscape Professionals

Daisy flowers under magnifying glass

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources is hosting the IPM Training for Landscape Professionals on May 23, 2019. Location is the
Scottish Rite Event Center 1895 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108.

Topics of interest for pest management in the landscape setting and CEU’s available. I’ll be speaking on the topic of Diagnosing Landscape Plant Problems, and highlighting the steps and resources useful for an accurate diagnosis.… Read the rest “IPM Training for Landscape Professionals”

Tree Planting

Maple tree leaves

When conducting landscape inspections, I commonly see all of these offending practices in regards to trees….poor quality nursery stock, planted too deeply, soil is amended instead of proper species selection, holes dug too large, tree “snorkels” installed, staked improperly and left on too long, hardscape and infrastructure interference, root barriers, the list goes on. None of this has a basis in horticulture or promotes healthy tree establishment and growth.… Read the rest “Tree Planting”

Celebrate the Benefits of Urban Trees

Video Trees Provide Amazing Benefits by Davey Tree

Thank Goodness for Trees!

Arbor Day is April 26, 2019 here in San Diego and across the nation. So look up and around at the valuable assets in your area. Communities would not be the same beautiful, livable spaces without trees.

Statistics on The Benefits of Trees by The Arbor Day Foundation

The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.… Read the rest “Celebrate the Benefits of Urban Trees”