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The first step to consider is to decide what type of pond you want to build. You should consider what type of aquatic life you want in the pond. Is it going to be a home for goldfish or koi? Or is your main concern for the aquatic plants? Perhaps you only want the pond for the sound of a waterfall. Each type of pond will need to be planned for its specific features. Keep in mind that the most common mistake water gardeners say they made when building their first pond was making it too small. A small pond limits the number of fish and plants you can add.

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KOI POND

A koi pond is different from a water garden because koi limit the amount of plant life available to be grown. Simply put: koi eat some plants. A koi pond should also be larger because...

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Trees and shrubs often are forgotten when it comes time to fertilize the yard in the spring. Young trees, especially those with a trunk diameter of less than six inches, can benefit from regular applications of fertilizer.

“When young trees soak up nitrogen fertilizer, they grow quickly, develop a dense canopy and stay green into the fall,” said Ross Penhallegon, horticulturist with the Oregon State University Extension Service. “It might not be necessary, however, to fertilize large, established trees or shrubs in or near lawns or groundcovers that are fertilized regularly.”

Tree root systems extend for a long distance and they absorb nutrients when the area around them is fertilized. Additionally, as trees matur...

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Spring chores for your fruit trees and grape vines.

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DO YOU REALLY NEED TO FERTILIZE THE LAWN IN THE EARLY SPRING?


Although spring fertilization is recommended as part of a complete lawn care program, applying it too early could throw off the whole program.

When cool season grasses “wake up” in the spring, they enter a natural growth cycle where the root system begins growing and building carbohydrate
(energy) reserves. Additionally, if you fertilized in the late fall, the slow release function of the fertilizer will still be lingering, providing extra green up in the spring. Fertilizing in the early spring is often encouraged by fertilizer companies and lawn care services but not by agronomists and turf specialists.

WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME TO FERTILIZE?

Rather than fertilizing in the early spring, it is better to wait until the late spring, (late May/early June) just before...

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Turf grass is one of the most water intensive plant types in your landscape. It’s high water uses and frequent maintenance make it a time consuming and expensive landscape option. By replacing turf with a California Friendly landscape, you could save money on your water bill, reduce landscape maintenance costs and show that you care about conserving water.

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Originally developed for drought-afflicted areas, the principles of xeriscape today have an ever broadening appeal. With water now considered an expensive and limited resource, all landscaping projects, residential or commercial, can benefit from this alternative. Xeriscapes do not have a single look – almost any landscaping style can be achieved. The principles can be applied to all or part of a yard, in any geographic region of North America. Cascade Gardens has been specializing in Xeriscaping techniques in the Northern California area. With the California Drought many homeowners are looking for ways to have a beautiful yard while saving water and energy. We’ve complied a list of Xeriscaping benefits. If you have any questions, please give us a call. We’d be happy to talk with you for any xeriscaping project.

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