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!
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