Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

January, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Two Bright New Echinacea

National News

Echinacea have become the trendy flower. Every year there seems to be new varieties on the market stretching the imagination of what's possible with this hardy, native perennial. Breeders have...

The New Revised Pruning Book

Pruning is one of the most essential and intimidating tasks a gardener can do. The best way to learn pruning is to have someone walk you through it step by step for each plant. That may not be...

New Colorful Crape Myrtle

Crape myrtles are considered the lilacs of the South. These beautiful, small trees feature attractive, lilac-shaped flowers that bloom from mid-summer until frost as well as exfoliating bark for...

Smaller Lawns for Some Cities

Parts of California have been in drought for the past three years and the lack of water is starting to cause lawmakers to take extreme measures. One of the biggest sources of water usage is the...

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In the Garden


Prune Cane Berries

Cane berries are most easily pruned when all their leaves have fallen off and the buds have just begun to fill out and show their light pink color. The dead canes and the plant structure are then quite apparent, and the thorns are more easily avoided....
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Shows & Events

Common Landscape Diseases On Thursday, February 11, 9:30-12, Dr. Jerry Turney will discuss the fundamentals for prevention,...

Clever Gardening Technique

Using Plastic Sheeting and Jugs to Help Seeds Germinate You can help seeds germinate -- and early seedlings grow -- outdoors by covering the seed or...
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Regional Reminders

  • Start Seeds Outdoors and Indoors
  • Hold Off Pruning Spring Bloomers
  • Pruning Disinfectant
  • Transplant Roses
  • Layer Soil Amendments

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