Australian Natives

If you take a map of the world and draw a horizontal line through Los Angeles, you will eventually reach southwestern Australia.  Any plant that grows there can grow here, too.  The sea- bordering, s...

Replant Disease

Have you — or, more precisely, one of your newly planted fruit trees or roses — ever been a victim of replant disease? Now that spring is upon us in earnest, planting decisions are being ...

From Aleppo Pine to Silk Tree

“For about 8 years we enjoyed a lovely Aleppo pine on my hillside yard.  This tree was purchased in a large box and was quite mature when we brought it in and it flourished for many years.  We ...

Slope Planting, Plumeria Pruning

We moved to a new house in Castaic twenty-seven years ago.  There is a steep slope in back.  It requires a combination of trees, bushes and ground cover to keep the soil in place. We have sprinklers ...

Rough Bark vs. Smooth

It happened that a certain student, full of philosophical curiosity, went to a sage, someone steeped in ancient wisdom, and complained, “I don’t understand,” the student began. “Why did God create a ...

Aleppo Pine

“For about 8 years we enjoyed a lovely Aleppo pine on my hillside yard.  This tree was purchased in a large box and was quite mature when we brought it in and it flourished for many years.  We ...

Weeping Trees Bring Smiles

How is it the thought of a weeping tree can provoke a smile? This phenomenon is but additional proof that gardeners are an iconoclastic, rebellious and “au contraire” sort of group. Tell ...

Just Let Sycamore Trees Be

I have planted a small sycamore tree that is about 1 foot tall. It is in the sun and doing fine, with new growth on it already. My question to you is: Besides topping the tree, is there some way I ca...