Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

September, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Five Steps to Bulb Planting Success

National News

The best time to plant spring bulbs depends on where you live. Ideally, wait until the soil temperature is below 60°F. As a general guide, plant in September through early October if you live in...

Fall Cleanup Q and A

Cutting Back Perennials Question: After the first frost, should I cut back the flower stalks on my perennials? Or is it best to leave them as is and cut them back in the spring?...

Plant Protector Bags

With fall around the corner, thoughts turn to protecting prized plants from frost. Many gardeners watch the forecast for threats of frost and then run out to protect plants with blankets, buckets,...

Shrub Dogwood Trials

Shrub forms of dogwood (Cornus) make excellent landscape plants and are widely used by landscapers around the country. They are known for their green or variegated foliage, attractive flowers and...

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In the Garden


Add a Tree to Your Yard

This is the perfect time of year to plant a tree to beautify your yard. The roots will get well established before they go dormant, and the tree will be ready for the spring surge of both foliage and root growth. Decide what you want from a tree...
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Shows & Events

Fall Plant Sale Quail Botanical Gardens will hold their annual plant sale October 22-23, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The...

Clever Gardening Technique

Hosing Plant Foliage Hose off plant foliage -- both top and underneath leaf surfaces -- to lessen insect populations....
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Regional Reminders

  • Pinch Veggie Tips
  • Sun-Dry Last Fruit
  • Bring Houseplants Indoors
  • Transplant While the Weather's Cool
  • Fertilize and Prune for Bigger Flowers in Spring

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