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  • May
  • 2016

5 (frugal) ways to get your plants and garden ready!

Winter is normally a quiet time in the garden. But now that spring is here, you’ll likely be eager to get caught up in the frenzy of seed-sowing, growing, and nurturing your garden as it comes to life!

The gardening season is upon us and horticulturists are thriving with the thought of blooming flowers and blossoming trees. Fortunately, getting and maintaining a beautiful garden doesn’t require you to break the bank!

To get you started on spring gardening, check out these tips:

  1. Clean your gardening tools: Give your tools a clean! Caring for your garden tools not only helps preserve them, but it also saves you money in the long run and prevents the spread of disease. Sharpening your tools will also improve their performance – they’ll be easier to work with and will give cleaner pruning costs.
  2. Clear up flower beds and borders: Have a general tidy up and remove dead leaves and other debris from your flower borders, lawns, and ponds. If the soil is manageable, dig a 5 cm layer of organic matter such as well-rotted manure, compost or recycled green waste into empty garden borders.
  3. Declare war on weeds: Weeds are only going to get bigger and strong as the growing season continues, so nipping them in the bud (literally) will save you time and expensive herbicides in the months ahead.
  4. Tend to your perennials: Many perennials can benefit from some attention at this time of year. Since these plants can add significant value to your home, consider treating these guys with a little TLC.
  5. Get planting!: Order summer-flowering bulbs (such as lilies, gladiolus, and ranunculus) to plant in spring for a colorful summer display! Check out our guide on how to grow lilies for a colorful and healthy plant!

If you want to have an expert help you start the process so you can enjoy a beautiful garden throughout the year, contact Enhanced Landscape Management. Serving Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, and all of the Conejo Valley, we’re experts on planting in our California climate. For all of your landscaping needs, we’re here!

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  • May
  • 2016

With graceful growth habits and dainty flowers, these petite plants deserve prime placement!

The warmer weather of spring brings a chance for many gardeners to get out and start working on their summer gardens! Whether you are new to gardening or just lack green thumbs, spring is the perfect opportunity for you to get in the garden and reap the success of your planting!

Check out these garden beauties that are ideal for planting during spring, thrive in summer heat, and bloom nearly nonstop into fall!

Gloriosa Daisy – Few plants can brighten a tired corner like these tough perennials! Their deep golden petals radiate from chocolate centers on 2- to 4- inch wide flowers, with yellow petals to liven up any garden!

Dahlia – Bold blooms in a range of vibrant colors grow from tuberous roots. They come in a range of colors from red to yellow, to pink and coral.

Gaura – These white flowers cluster like butterflies atop tall spikes on these airy plants! These dainty plants are beautiful and ideal for summer.

Purple fountain grass – Feathery, rose-colored plumes fade to beige atop clumps of reddish brown foliage. We’re not selling it too well so check out these pictures of the airy plant! While it’s not typically the first choice for planting, this grass can compliment gloriosa daisies very well!

Penstemon – These bushy plants are relatively short lived, but to make up for it, they produce lots of trumpet-shaped blooms over a long period of time.

Succulents – These are ideal go-to plants that are perfect for the dry California weather!

As you add some summer flowers to your garden, why not let the pros tend to the landscaping? If you’re looking to revamp your garden for summer, contact Enhanced Landscape Management. We know exactly what grows well in the Conejo Valley – including Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village – and can make sure your outdoor areas look fantastic no matter what the time of year!