Gardening Tips

  • Work in the Garden – Continue to fertilize regularly because plants are using food as quickly as you supply it.  Prune faster growing plants to keep them vigorous and to control water use.  Fertilize lawns when the grass is dry but the ground is moist; then water thoroughly.  Leech container plants by flooding to remove excess salts.
  • Work in the Garden – Take the time to look at small jobs in your garden this month.  Remove any unwanted suckers from trees and shrubs.  Pinch tips of Chrysanthemums, Fuchsias, Geraniums and Marguerites to encourage dense growth.  Stake dahlias, delphinium, tomatoes and other vines.  Mulch annual and perennial borders to keep the soil cool and help retain moisture during the hot summer months.  Deep water rather than light sprinkle if the weather is dry.
  • Work in the Garden – This is a good month to plant new shrubs and hardy perennials and to prepare for the coming summer. Keep roots cool and weeds down by applying mulch around flowers and vegetables, particularly Azaleas, berries, and Camellias which have more shallow root systems. Plants will benefit from a dose of an all-purpose fertilizer such as Gro-Power. Tie vines to supports.



This is a very common question we get asked quite a lot at the nursery.  It is a question with many answers.  Let’ start with our native soil.  It is normally full of clay and high in salts or it is very sandy and depleted of nutrients.   The problem with clay is it absorbs water which will normally cause your plants to rot and the salts will cause the leaves to burn. The sandy soil does not hold a lot of moisture so some plants dry out too fast and the fast drainage also does not store nutrients well.  

Fall Is For Planting

The end of summer generally means fire season is approaching. Unlike the mugginess we have experienced lately, strong Santa Ana winds will create dry hot weather which is the perfect mix for wild fires. The canyon brush has been growing all year and is tall and dry right now. Although rural communities away from the coast tend to get hotter and drier, homes in the urban areas need to take action as well. San Diego has many neighborhoods with canyons and as we saw with the recent fires we had in Carlsbad and San Marcos these dry areas are very combustible.


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