The Rise and Fall of the Lawn

Eleanor Porter, who lives in Laguna Hills, emailed as follows: “I need my whole yard of 2500 square feet re-sodded. I have no grass now. I need a low water, low maintenance yard.” You might wish to c...

Whitefly Combat

If you happen to have a persistently annoying insect pest in your garden, doing absolutely nothing about it may be the best form of managing its spread long term. In due course, natural predators ...

Kalanchoe, ka-lan-KO-ee, ka-lan-CHO-ee

The name Kalanchoe — pronounce it either ka-lan-KO-ee or ka-lan-CHO-ee and you’ll be just fine — may sound strange and foreboding and, if truth be told, some of the plants included in thi...

Black Fruit, Red Fruit, and Birdscapes

There is a reason that mulberries and blackberries are so attractive to birds. In whatever stage of their development, whether red and unripe or black and ready to pick, mulberries and blackberries s...

New President, New Oval Office Plant

The results of the Presidential election were an unbelievable surprise to many people but, at least for plant watchers like myself, the backdrop to the photo of Trump and Obama in the Oval Office was...

Small is Beautiful in the Garden, too

“Small is Beautful” was a best-selling collection of essays on economics written in 1973. The lifestyle encourage by the author, E.F. Schumacher, would lead to “the maximum amount of well being with ...

Gopher Control Options

I hope you can give us some suggestions as to what is best to plant on a hillside in poor soil and is not liked by gophers.  Red apple iceplant (Aptenia hybrid) seems to do well but is eventually eat...

Oomycetes: Strange Word, Familiar Problem

Oomycete. No,‭ ‬it’s not a typo.‭  ‬Oomycete really does start with two o’s. It’s pronounced oh-oh-MY-seat,‭ emphasis on “my” ‬although the presence of oomycetes in the garden is mo...