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Water-Conserving Yards

Here is a menu of suggestions, from easiest to most difficult and from least expensive to most costly, that you can incorporate into your own landscaping.

Retaining Wall Basics

Retaining walls make it is possible to create a dynamic backyard retreat. Here are some things to review when deciding on your retaining wall.

Five Ways to Soften Your Hardscape

The defined lines and bold look of pavers create a sense of organization and order that is a welcome addition to any garden. This can be achieved with the right combination of plants, which will highlight your hardscape by creating a colorful contrast of textures. Just a few of many, these five plant options are a good start toward “painting” your landscape with soft, natural colors.

Rose Pruning

As the universal symbol of love and beauty, the rose enjoys widespread popularity. Here are the 10 biggest mistakes people make when pruning roses.

Accent With Concrete Pavers

Concrete pavers’ affordability and durability make them a smart choice. And with the great variety of colors being offered, concrete pavers can be a powerful design element for your exterior. Here are a few ideas to consider when choosing paver color.

The Role of Shrubs

As a landscape designer, I consider shrubs to be the backbone of good design for the exterior of a home. Here are a variety of significant roles that shrubs play.

Reduce Garden Pests Naturally

Here are tips from Monrovia that home gardeners can incorporate to reduce or eliminate the need for pesticides and herbicides.

Focus on Color

An Encinitas property awash in a rainbow of flowers is picture-perfect Six million blossoms — that’s Ralph Peters’ approximation for the number of flowers that carpet his Encinitas garden every spring.

Keys to a Fruitful Garden

Save money in the long run and give yourself a garden space that you’ll enjoy for years to come by taking care of the three basic foundations needed for a successful landscape: good drainage, soil and irrigation.

6 Apps to Add to Your Gardening Toolkit

From the beginner gardener to the master horticulturist, there are mobile apps galore for gardening enthusiasts of all experience levels. After weeding through many of these apps, AT&T San Diego has compiled a list to help you bring your garden to new heights.

Succulents in Shady Places

People often ask me which succulents do well in the shade. Unfortunately, most do not. Aloes won’t bloom. Agaves rot out. Cacti become thin and sickly. But there are a few succulents that can do well in shade. And some — such as most members of the Sansevieria family — even prefer it.

Create a Living Wreath

A living wreath can be planted with almost any type of plant or flower, and the combinations of plants and decorations you can use are endless. Here is a list of materials and step-by-step instructions for creating a wreath.

Heavenly Bamboo — Not Bamboo at All!

Natural to areas in China and Japan, Nandina domestica is an ornamental plant that has been sold in San Diego for almost 100 years. Although commonly known as heavenly bamboo because of its many bamboo-like upright stalks, it has no relation to true bamboo.

Starting the Xeriscape Process

Plants For a Hummingbird Garden

Make the Most of the Month

Let a Permaculture Garden Work for You

Garden Tour Etiquette

March in the Garden

Garden Pavers: Choosing a Contractor

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