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Sep 22

One Beauty of Fall

Posted on September 22, 2016 at 3:06 PM by Ann Vallee

by Christina Mountanos, Water Conservation Specialist

Once the Chinese pistache outside our offices start turning their deep shade of red again, I know fall is officially on its way.

Amidst the hustle and bustle of getting back to our school routines and beginning to plan for the holidays, the change in season is also an ideal time to think about (and start implementing) our landscaping projects. That’s because with shorter days, cooler weather, and winter rains on the way, new plantings won’t need as much supplemental watering to get established.

green poinsettia
 Green poinsettia
I’m personally capitalizing on this natural offer by finalizing the changes I’ll be making to my own garden, in time for our upcoming wedding at the end of October. Adding more star jasmine and creeping fig to the “living wall” I’m creating are on the list. So is putting down a fresh layer of organic compost. And, I always enjoy a new experiment so currently that’s covering the poinsettias I still have from last year with boxes, to see if I can get them to turn red again.

What are some of your plans? Don’t forget, if your upcoming landscaping ideas include replacing a lawn, we offer many resources that can help get you started. Looking for inspiration? A couple of the gardens we’ve recently featured as part of our 2016 Virtual Garden Tour transformed their lawns into wonderful expanses of color and art. Can’t figure out how to get rid of your current lawn? Our online sheet mulching guide offers you an environmentally friendly option. And finally, the State of California is still offering their Turf Replacement Rebate of up to $2 per square foot. All the details of the program can be found at

All the best for this change in season,



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