Gardening Tip for March: Prune Fruit Trees

By tonipogue

This applies to pome fruits like apples and pears, and stone fruits like peaches, apricots and cherries. Once fruit trees start leafing out, it’s a good time to prune because you can see and remove the branches that became damaged or diseased or didn’t survive winter. You can also remove suckers from the base of…

Trees to Avoid in your Home Landscape

By tonipogue

When you see these trees coming, run the other way… We’ve all met that person – the one that seems great, but as time goes on, reveals themselves to be a gossip or a liar. Well, the tree universe has those people too. I’ve chosen a list of common trees (and a vine) that seem…

Planting for Pollinators

By tonipogue

The decline of pollinators such as honeybees and monarch butterflies has been prominent in the news recently, and as a result I am frequently asked if I can design pollinator gardens. The good news is that different types of pollinators exist everywhere, and it does not take much space to provide a place for food,…

Inspiration Station: Visit a Garden

By tonipogue

In late summer, it may feel too hot to be working in the garden any time but the early morning hours, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t work on improving your landscape in some manner. There are dozens of gardens and arboretums open to the public in the Los Angeles County and surrounding areas.…

Caring for your garden in extreme heat

By tonipogue

Plants aren’t that different from the rest of us in many respects. When it is very hot outside, we need shade, sun protection and hydration, and so do our gardens. Plants carry some tools with them to deal with sun, heat and wind. Many develop light or grayish leaves or fuzzy leaves that act as…