Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

April, 2012
Regional Report


Front Yard Gardening
If you don't believe that landscape styles are changing just look around your own neighborhood. Traditional green lawns are being replaced by amazing new landscapes that incorporate drought tolerant perennials and colorful shrubs. Front Yard Gardens by Liz Primeau (Firefly Books Ltd.) clearly illustrates to readers how they can do the same. Tips on planning and design, plant selection, garden styles and soil maintenance are all covered in this beautifully photographed book. The cottage garden, the secret garden, the minimalist garden and others are clearly illustrated for the reader. It's like visiting a garden show with instructions! This is a very nice publication for those considering making a change in their landscape. 256 pages including introduction, resources and index.

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Deer Repellent
Bobbex Deer Repellant is all natural. Made from a combination of ingredients that blend the scents of putrescent eggs, garlic, fish, clove oil, and vinegar (among other things), it works by mimicking predator scents, and is classed as a fear repellent. It also tastes unpleasant, so deer have a good reason to avoid it. The key to Bobbex's success is the use of proteins and the redundancy of protein repellent ingredients. The product dries clear, will not burn plants, and requires reapplication every couple of weeks during rapid springtime growth. For more information go to

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