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 ...

Living Art

Gerda Maxey is an artist in the truest sense.   As you tour her home and garden in Sylmar, you appreciate Maxey’s need to be surrounded by art, both indoors and out.  Maxey is a portraitist and her w...

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...

From Dallisgrass to Leyland Cypress

Q: My home was a rental for 15 years. When I actually moved in here a few years ago, I noted that dallisgrass had taken over the front lawn. I first plied a little trowel and hand hoe – neither...