Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

March, 2007
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Gardening Without Petrochemicals
On Thursday, April 12, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Friends' Hall at the Huntington, landscape architect Owen Dell will discuss the need to change our gardening practices to better safeguard the environment, including how home gardeners can avoid the use of petrochemical-based fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. A plant sale follows the talk. The even is free. For more information, call (626) 405-2100, or go to: http://www.huntington.org.

Clever Gardening Technique

Staking Trees
Newly planted trees may need support for a year while they develop strong root systems and trunks. First, remove the stake that came from the nursery. Into the ground on either side of the trunk and a foot out from it, drive two sturdy 1-inch-wide or 2-inch-wide stakes about 16 inches deep. About two-thirds the way up the trunk -- just high enough to keep the top of the tree from flopping -- tie loops from each stake around the trunk; use "soft" material like stockings or rags or old garden hose pieces. Tie the loops loosely so the trunk can sway gently in the wind; this strengthens the trunk and stimulates strong root growth. Remove the stakes after a year.

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