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Our soils are alkaline (pH above 7) because of the areas low annual rainfall and the lack of organic matter. Alkaline soil can be problematic to some plants because if the soil pH is too high it makes it hard for some plants to take up vital nutrients. By selecting plants that enjoy these soil conditions it a lot less work to keep them happy. A good looking landscape with minimal effort, is much easier to maintain.
Below is a list of plant families that thrive in alkaline soil with little to no pH adjustments. From here you can find a variety that fits your yards needs and personal taste.
Feather Reed grasses
Hydrangeas (though big leaf varieties are pink in alkaline soils)
Butterfly Bush (sterile varieties)
Common Snowball Bush
Red Hot Poker
Black Eyed Susans
Golden Rain Tree
Green Ash (Urbanite is resistant to Ash Bore)
June is the best month to determine the light exposure (generally referred to as exposure) in your yard because it's has the longest days and the sun is at highest angle. By checking now you can better account for hot, sunny summer days that can wreak havoc on shade loving plants or help heat lovers thrive. It also a good idea to check your exposure every couple of years to account for tree growth or other changes.
Here are the steps to checking your exposure.
2. Name the different beds you want to track on the chart.
3. On a leisure day at home, check every hour or so, particularly in the afternoon and fill in the circle for that hour if the bed is shaded.
4. Once it's all filled out you can now research plants online or at the nursery. You are welcome to show our staff the chart and we can show plants as well.
5. Now plant your new landscape additions when you have time or best luck and watch them thrive.
Here are three plants we wanted to share this week.
Gold Tide Forsythia is a dwarf Forsythia that stays low and spreads. It’s an early bloomer ahead of some of the taller growing Forsythias. Full Sun to Part Sun.
Cardinal Redtwig Dogwood is a full size Redtwig Dogwood that has orange red stems throughout the winter. It is striking against snow and winter gray. Full Sun to Part Sun.
Pink Dawn Viburnum is a early flowering shrub that smells like lilacs. It grows tall and can work as a screen or early spring show piece. Full Sun to Part Shade.
We know you miss your plants over the winter, here are few things to know while dreaming of spring and the new planting season.Read More
Google Maps is a wonderful tool for directions but did you know if use it to measure distance?
The answer is yes, yes you can if you house is a couple years old. Simply go to maps.google.com and type in your address. Then click over to satellite view to see you yard details. Then with your mouse or track pad, right click and select "Measure distance." When a white dot appears, drag it to where you want to start your measurement like your house, click then drag the second white dot to where you want to plant the tree. This gives you the distance. Now you can do your research on trees based on their diameter. A tree is best planted half it's diameter away from homes, buildings or pools.