August RYL Series 2015

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All Saturday workshops start at 9:30 am

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Saturday September 5
RYL IV - Tour of Nursery - Desert Inspirations

Come get inspired for your landscape project by seeing beautiful native plants in our nursery gardens. We will lead a tour of the nursery gardens with a focus on desert plants that thrive in our hot summers and are better suited to summer planting than some of our more temperate natives. On the tour you will be inspired by both our mature and newer plantings as well as by our extensive explanations and abundant enthusiasm.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 07:26

Mike Evans on Turf Replacement

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OK, we can’t just keep on bein’ quiet about a subject that is screamin’ for attention. Turf replacement... and the new look that is transforming the southern California landscape. Time to weigh in. Read the article below or click here for a PDF download... sorry about the article’s length. We hope the content makes it worth the read. Enjoy.

"Ugly" Is Not a Turf Replacement Casa La Paz
Mike Evans
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© Tree of Life Nursery, August 2015

A practical approach to authentic beauty instead of grass.

The statewide drought is fast making every useless (not utilized) patch of lawn a thing of the past, and it’s high time. Not only does that grass use copious amounts of water, but the polluted runoff, the impacts of constant maintenance (including noise), the green waste, and the whole carbon footprint for turf adds up to one big negative in our seasonally dry climate. “Useful” grass, i.e.; a playground is not the issue here. Turf managers can look forward to successful careers properly managing healthy green lawns for sports and leisure. It’s the default lawn that serves no function or purpose we need to eliminate completely.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 August 2015 15:20

Plant it Right!

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Learn how to "Plant it Right" in this Video Tutorial Series

Mike planting

Planting a plant is a big part of making a garden... but it is not the only part. At Tree of Life Nursery, we like to emphasize the importance of good planning, natural design, site preparation, and most of all, addressing the question: How will the garden be utilized and enjoyed by people?

But once you are ready to plant some plants, you have to do it right. Some plants are more forgiving to improper handling than others, but all plants appreciate a little TLC, especially when you are moving them from the nursery container to their new permanent home in the ground.

Watch this video series to see how to “Plant it Right!”

Plant it Right! - Part I - Digging the Hole
Plant it Right - Part II - Getting the Plant in the Ground

Plant it Right! - Part III - Initial Watering of New Native Plants  
Plant it Right! - Part IV - Follow-up Watering of New Native Plants

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 August 2015 13:54

September Sage Advice Series

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Sage Advice Series This September

Our Sage Advice articles have been written to help orient native plant newcomers to important themes and topics. The online articles cover topics ranging How to water your native plants and Easy Summer Planting to Native Plants for Slope Planting and Native Groundcovers. Join us for our Sage Advice Series where we will highlight and expand upon several of our new and updated Sage Advice articles in anticipation of planting season this October! All workshops start at 9:30 am.

Saturday September 12Lemonade berry screen
Native Screens

Join us as we highlight evergreen, densely growing natives that function well as screens. These low maintenance shrubs require little water once established and many can be shaped into formal hedges. As natives they will provide great habitat for birds and other wildlife in your yard while they effectively block elements of the landscape that are better left behind bushes!

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 August 2015 07:37

Summer 2015

Summer Hours:

M-F 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Sat 8:00 AM - 1:00PM

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