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Fall Planting Season Events at Tree of Life Nurserytime to plant!

In Southern California we follow seasonal patterns slightly differently from the rest of the nations’ pumpkin latte, back to school and football season starting on September 1. Like many things Californian, we do it a little different here and our weather patterns bring us our most intense heat waves during our “Indian Summer” in through late September when we hit the Autumnal equinox. We do not benefit from the consistent cool relief of Autumn weather until we squarely hit mid-October.

Though possible to plant native plants year-round... fact is that everything about planting and establishing our tough adapted-to-dry-summer natives gets much easier once the weather truly cools off. This is why we deem October the start of our true "Planting Season" when water and initial care of your new native plants becomes a piece of cake!

To celebrate, we have lots of planting and replacing lawn events lined up for this planting season, we hope you will join us!oct 18 OCGF event

THIS SATURDAY!! October 18, 2014 - Hours 9am - 4pm
9:30am-2pm - Orange County Friendly Gardening Fair!
9:30am-10:30am - Three Part Workshop

Speakers: Water specialists, see details below


OC Friendly gardens are drought tolerant gardens that save water, look beautiful and reduce runoff that can pollute our beautiful coast. At this special event, various organizations and companies will promote water rebates, garden care and irrigation system options to help you save water and take advantage of all possible rebates. In attendance for this event will be local water districts who will help direct you to turf removal rebates and OC Stormwater management to help you with addressing any runoff issues. The UC Cooperative Extension will promote their Master Gardener program as well as their resources for plant care and best management practices. Irrigation companies will also be onsite to promote the rebates available as well as the options they have available of sprinkler solutions, smart timers and drip systems.

9:30 am - (20 mins) - Low Impact Design
Speaker: Andrew Kanzler, City of San Clemente Water District
9:50 am - (20 mins) - Cycle and Soak Watering: Save money, time and make healthy plants!
Speaker: Nate Adams, City of Santa Margarita Water
10:10 am - (20 mins) - Common Garden Pollutants
Speaker: OC Stormwater Management

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 07:33 Read more...
 

STAFF PICK: Dudleya

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Dudleya: California Live-Forever

Tree of Life Nursery's own contract specialist, Suzie muses about Dudleya...

California’s native succulents, like Transformers™, are more than meets the eye. Or so my colleague describes them… And though sort of nerdy (yet trendy at the same time), the pop culture reference does fit these little native accents!monarch chrysalis on dudleya

The live-forevers, genus Dudleya, are a group of plants that offer us an opportunity to be amazed at seasonal changes. Like many native plants, the Dudleyas have the ability to take what nature gives them and survive! In nature they seem to hang effortlessly from crevices on cliff faces. After fading during the dry months, many of these plants appear out of nowhere emerging from their dormant shadow during the rainy season. The semi desiccated dormancy allows Dudleyas to withstand the dry season and as a bonus adds, what one may call, a stealth plant, to the gardeners arsenal. In nature, the seasonal replumping and blooming never fails to make me stop short when I realize again that there are these gorgeous plants on a seemingly uninhabitable rock wall!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 18:21 Read more...
 

City of San Clemente Pilot Program

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City of San Clemente Water Pilot Program: Design Assistance Rebate

SoCal WaterSmart Rebates...
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If you are thinking about removing your lawn and replacing it with native plants, all Orange County residents are welcome to cash in on reimbursements for lawn replacements at up to $2 per square foot through Municipal Water District of Orange County, (MWDOC). The MWDOC rebate is for new projects removing turf and replacing with water efficient landscaping, apply for your rebate BEFORE removing or killing your lawn. (Here’s the website for details on that rebate program.)

Pilot Program Reimburses City of San Clemente Water Customers $30 for Design Assistance provided by Tree of Life Nursery’s Designers in Residence.

Attention Residents of the City of San Clemente!
This just in: City of San Clemente Water customers can cash in on reimbursements for design consultations at Tree of Life Nursery in addition to the MWDOC square foot rebate program. In order to help their customers save water, the City of San Clemente has partnered with Tree of Life Nursery to create a simple and straightforward pilot program providing their customers assistance as they convert thirsty turf into beautiful native gardens.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014 15:25 Read more...
 

Avoid Traffic at Ortega Hwy!

Exit on Camino Capistrano if you're headed Northbound on I-5, or Juniperro Serra if you're headed Southbound to avoid congestion at the I-5/SR-74 (Ortega Highway) interchange. Please see our article for information HERE. Or, DOT official information HERE.

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