Monday, July 7, 2008

Landscape Design Class Question...

Just a Note…

If you missed my class on Landscape Design and Renovation at Victor Valley College in June, there will be another one in September. Give me a call and I’ll get you registered for the September class.
One of the more interesting questions from the class was a question regarding Joshua trees: Can they be trimmed?

Joshua trees are either loved or hated. They are native to the high desert and do well in our climate and soils. Although they grow very slowly, many of us have inherited some very large specimen trees on our property. Not all of them are in a convenient place. Since they are a protected species, some people are concerned about trimming them. The quick answer: yes, go ahead.

Joshua trees get very top heavy and have shallow fibrous roots, which can be seen when the occasional JT falls over. I recommend limited trimming of the flower/seed pods and/or branches sprouting from the side of another branch resulting in an uneven weight distribution. The trimming can promote a healthier more structurally sound tree if done correctly.

And so it begins.....

Hello All,

I've created this blog to help you with the Scenery of Your Life. As a landscape designer, installer and maintainer since 1972, I've ben around the block a time or two. I have met a lot of incredible people and have seen some great landscapes. I hope to bring some advice to your garden that will help you bring peace and serenity to your world.