Schnetz Landscape eNewsletter – April 2008
by Bill Schnetz
Spring is in full force! Out of the ashes from the October fires, the positive effect on Spring is evident all around us. Even if you were not threatened by the flames the amount of ash that blanketed the county, along with the extra rain this winter, caused even more spring blooms in San Diego County than normal.
This treat is luring us out into our gardens earlier in the year than normal, making us more aware of our needed garden changes and chores.
This is the best opportunity and horticultural timing to prune and plant until next October. April and May are the best times to plant your vegetable garden, early summer annuals, perennials, succulents and palms. This is also a great time to prune winter flowering vines as they finish blooming, prune hibiscus, bougainvilleas, brugmansias and prune all other warm loving semi-tropical and tropical plants. Don’t forget to aerate your lawns and adjust your irrigation clocks and sprinklers for the upcoming warm weather.
Enjoying Outdoor Living
a reminder from Bill Schnetz
Come April and May you may start venturing to your outdoor living space to enjoy the warm evenings. Like your garden, your outdoor living space needs review in order to make it more enjoyable when you are lounging outside enjoying the longer days and warmer temperatures.
- Are your trees and screen shrubs blocking distant views?
- Do you have a need for a barbeque, fire pit, outdoor fireplace, spa or pool?
- Is your current BBQ, fire pit, outdoor fireplace, spa or pool in good working condition?
- Is your patio furniture in good condition or does it need repairs or replacing?
- Does your patio have good traffic flow or is it over cluttered with too many small pots and last years latest and greatest garden collectibles?
Open space and free movement makes your outdoor living space more enjoyable and easy to care for.
Summer blooming bulbs add surprise!!!
Now is the time to start planting summer blooming bulbs. Your local nursery has a large selection of summer blooming perennial bulbs. Many of the bulbs are native and drought tolerant and will come up year after year. The bulbs come in many colors. Brodiaeas come in shade of blues and purples. There are other kinds of bulbs like Ixia which come in cream, orange, yellow, red, pink. Dahlias and Gladiolus come in every color while Asiatic lilies come in oranges, yellows, corals, and pinks. Sport your bulbs in a sunny location in between some shrubs or groundcovers and the bulbs will give you a surprise when most plants aren’t blooming.
Summer annual and perennial color can also interest in a dull drab spot. As the weather changes different kinds of blooming plants also come into season. This is the time to change your color beds for the hotter drier months.
Bill Schnetz on BisTalk
Bill Schnetz, owner of Schnetz Landscape, was interviewed on KCEO Radio on BisTalk with Bob Ryan! BisTalk airs live on AM 1000 KCEO, Tuesday mornings from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and is focused on delivering useful financial and business information to their listeners.
In his 20 minute interview, Bill spoke about the cost of today’s gardens and how to plan around less available water for gardens. He also spoke about what new garden features people are asking for this year, such as eco friendly gardens and functional gardens. Thanks to the folks at AM 1000 in San Diego for this great opportunity!
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