Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Frost is on the pumpkin...

Oh, OK, OK it's 97 degrees out there! but the nights are much cooler here in the Victor Valley and Inland empire of Southern California. It got down to 47 degrees two nights ago and Darling Hubby is worried about freeze protection.

He has always been one to be prepared. So we will check all our hose faucets ( hose bibs) and valves and make sure the insulation is up to par and check on all our jobs in the mountains to make sure they are all set too.

It still is a little early to winterize your irrigation system just yet. I look forward with great anticipation to the chill weather. It makes it easier to work outdoors. I am not a fan of hot weather. The plants need less water, ( saves $$$) in the fall and winter.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Shocking, Really

I LOVE helping people with their gardens. It's the most, best thing I do. I often get calls and help people with a little advice over the phone if they are not ready for a full on paid consultation.

People really are surprised sometimes at the simplicity of the advice. I often advise people with pest issues like aphids on a favorite shrub just to wash it off as a first step. This often washes off most of the bugs and they become less of a problem. Plant then recovers. Seems crazy as I am a licensed and trained pest control operator here in the State of Cali for nia and make no money off that advice.

OR... how about this? Small plant having extreme problems? Try REPLACING it. Cheaper than spraying usually.

This week, however I was the one surprised when speaking with a woman over the phone. She sounded quite intelligent and spoke well. She was concerned with the potential for bark beetles in the Pinion Pines on her heavily wooded lot (which is why she bought the lot in the first place). She was genuinely surprised that I said the best defense against the bark beetle was a healthy tree, which included WATERING them. Something she had not considered before.

OK, I am just glad that I could help. I sometimes forget that things that are elementry to me may not be so obvious to others. I will keep that lesson in my head when I am helping others.