Landscaping

Video: 3 Ways to Save Water in Your Yard

Posted on February 01, 2019 by James Florence

WATSONVILLE — Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to landscape irrigation, small changes in methodology can add up to significant water savings. Today we’re in Watsonville with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Francisco Cortes of Green Environment Landscape to learn three water-wise tips.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Francisco Cortes: I’m going to give you a tip, how can you save water? Most the lawn mowers, they have a part they sell, you can remove your garbage bag and you can put it right there. And all the clippings for the grasses is going to be into the section grass. That way, when you water it, you’re going to save water, Read more

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3 Tips to Conserve Water in Your Yard

Posted on February 01, 2019 by James Florence

WATSONVILLE — When it comes to irrigating your yard, small steps and smart practices can go a long way toward conserving water. Consider the following tips:

Water less often for longer intervals. Many people water their lawns and gardens every day, but this actually isn’t the most efficient method. A better strategy is to water less frequently but for longer intervals. For example, instead of watering your lawn for 15 minutes every day, a better method is to water it for 45 minutes two to three times per week. This extended watering interval will soak the area and ensure water permeates deep into the root zone, which will sustain your lawn and plants for a few days until the next watering. Read more

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Repurposing Wine Bottles for Landscape Irrigation

Posted on March 05, 2018 by James Florence

MENLO PARK — After enjoying a bottle of wine, you probably discard the empty bottle into the recycling bin. However, did you know that empty bottle can be used to irrigate a plant on your landscape?

Here’s how it works: Fill the empty wine bottle with water and take it over to a plant in your yard. Turn the bottle upside down and place it into the soil near the plant’s root zone. Upon entering the soil, a plug will form in the bottle’s neck, which will keep the water from immediately draining out. Over the next few weeks, the water in the bottle will gradually seep into the soil, providing the plant with a slow, Read more

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Video: Repurposing Wine Bottles for Landscape Irrigation

Posted on March 02, 2018 by James Florence

MENLO PARK — Host, Saran Rutan: If you’re a gardening enthusiast who also enjoys wine, you’ll be interested to learn about an innovative, water-saving use for your old wine bottles. Today we’re in Menlo Park with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Stephen Wood of EW Landscape to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Stephen Wood: Is watering a problem for you? Do you not have time? Do you not have the money? Got a solution: wine bottles.

This is a 1-1/2 liter California Merlot. Once you’ve emptied it, it either goes into the recycle, or you could fill it with water, find a plant that’s stressed, invert the bottle in the soil. Read more

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Cause for Hope: Understanding the Landscape Recovery Process Following the North Bay Fires

Posted on October 30, 2017 by Mari Patrick

SANTA ROSA — In addition to the lost homes and businesses, large portions of the landscapes in Napa and Sonoma Counties were destroyed by the recent North Bay fires, including both private and public areas. However, despite the current desolate appearance of the once-lush North Bay countryside, there is cause for hope—hope that nature can, and will, reverse the damage.

For example, many of the large trees that now appear singed and stressed out will survive and return to their former health. Even if their trunks and branches were badly damaged, most trees’ roots have likely been spared because they’re situated safely underground. In a few months, the winter rains will rejuvenate these roots and, Read more

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Video: Landscaping After the North Bay Fires

Posted on October 30, 2017 by James Florence

SANTA ROSA — Host, Sarah Rutan: If your landscape was damaged by the recent North Bay Fires, you’ll want to get a professional’s insight on what to do moving forward. Today we’re in Santa Rosa with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Linda Gottuso-Guay of Manzanita Landscape Construction to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Linda Gottuso-Guay: Hi. I’m here to discuss all the severe fires that we had in Napa and Sonoma Counties. A lot of us lost our landscaping, our beautiful woodlands. And I want to offer some hope to how this can be reversed – and how it will be reversed, just by nature itself. A lot of our critters in the woodlands were either burrowing, Read more

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How to Plant a Tree

Posted on October 02, 2017 by James Florence

CONCORD − Planting a tree on your property may seem like a simple task: dig a hole, put in the tree and refill the hole. However, to ensure a healthy transplant, it’s important to know some of the nuances involved in the process. Consider the following tips for correct tree planting procedure:

Dig an appropriately sized hole. Your hole should be just deep enough to house the tree’s root ball while about twice as wide as its diameter. A wide hole will ensure the soil surrounding the roots is soft and loose, which will give them room to develop. However, while additional width is good for a new tree, additional depth is not. Read more

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