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09 Jan 2018

Farm to Table: The First Steps [Infographic]

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What’s Farm to Table?

It’s growing and eating your own produce.

Let’s start with the first steps.

You’ll know where your food (or at least some if it) comes from, and it gets you and your family outside working together.

Here’s how to start Farm to Table

• Work with a landscaper
• Have a soil sample taken and tested
• Consider renting a tiller to save cash
• Learn about tools

Working with a landscaper saves you from errors that may make you decide to throw in the towel.

Your landscaper can help you select the best area for your garden.

They’ll take a soil sample and tell you if your soil needs nutrients.

Researching tools before buying saves you money.

If you know what you actually need before you go to the store, you won’t overspend.

Tools meant for little hands let young children help.

Plants

Choose plants that grow well in your area and your space.

Some choices you’ll need to make are:

• Which vegetables your family likes
• What’s missing from your regular diet
• Which vegetables and herbs will grow all year
• The easiest veggies to grow

A garden is a great way to encourage your kids to eat a variety of vegetables.

You can plant their favorites and introduce them to new things.

The best gardens produce all season.

Some plants have a specific growing season.

Others produce all year.

Some will be ready to harvest in a couple of months.

Others won’t be ready to harvest until fall.

Good vegetables to start with are tomatoes, bell peppers, hot peppers, beans and peas.

Don’t forget herbs such as basil.

In Part 2, we’ll discuss late-season crops and seedlings or planting from seed.

If you’re ready to get started with your own Farm to Table, contact Evergreen Landscaping to help get you off on the right foot.

 

27 Oct 2017

10 Benefits of Aloe Plants [Infographic]

10 Benefits of Aloe Vera

You probably know that cutting a leaf from an aloe vera plant is the best treatment for mild burns.

However, aloe gel in stores usually isn’t pure and can contain chemicals and dyes that do the opposite of what you want.

Check out these other surprising benefits of aloe:

Treating minor burns is the main use for aloe plants. You only need to cut off the tip of a leaf to get enough juice for a burn.
• You’ll need more aloe juice for mild sunburn, but a little goes a long way.
• Aloe vera juice is frequently used as part of a regimen for revitalizing natural hair.
• Ashy elbows and knees will benefit from regular applications of aloe gel.
• Treating your heels and toes with aloe is like a daily mini pedicure.
• Smearing aloe on unpeeled fruits and veggies helps them stay fresh.
• Aloe can ease gum problems.
• Turn down the itch of mosquito bites with a fresh aloe application.
• Aloe is a great alternative to antibacterial creams if you have allergies to over the counter products.
• Aloe is a succulent. It requires little care, beautifies your decor and keeps skin and hair healthy.

Aloe plants make great housewarming gifts. Pick up one for yourself and a friend.

If you need help finding the right plants for your landscaping needs in the San Luis Obiso area, contact Evergreen Landscaping today.

25 Jul 2017

How to Keep Pets from Destroying Indoor Plants [Infographic]

how to keep pets from destroying indoor plants

Cats and dogs will make a mess of your houseplants if they can reach them. In addition to protecting your plants, it’s important to keep pets away from them because many common houseplants are toxic.

  • Hanging baskets in your windows are a good solution for trailing plants like philodendrons, and they’ll get plenty of sun.
  • Indoor plant stands work well if you have a small dog that can’t knock them over.
  • If you have cats, try a plant shelf located away from furniture and appliances.
  • Wall planters are a unique decorative choice. They work especially well for growing herbs in the kitchen.
  • Cats particularly dislike citrus scents. Some pet owners use essential oils to keep cats away from planters and off furniture.
  • To create an enclosed plant stand, paint a sturdy metal birdcage and stand to match your decor. Put small or medium plants inside. Make sure the stand is well braced.
  • Do you have built-in bookcases? Reserve the top shelf for plants.
  • “Cat grass” may satisfy a cat’s urge to chew on plants.
  • If all else fails, designate a “no pets” plant room. A sunny garden room will allow you to overwinter plants from your patio.
  • To keep your pets safe, ask your landscaper about non-toxic houseplants.

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28 Jun 2017

Lawn Decorations Do’s and Dont’s [Infographic]

lawn decorations do and donts

Everyone knows bad lawn decor when they see it.

Do you have any of these “don’ts” lurking in your yard?

Birds of a Feather
Don’t: Flocks of flamingos take the attention off your landscaping.
Do: A birdbath and feeder makes everyone happy.

No Outdoor Plumbing
Don’t: Yes, an old toilet has the characteristics of a great planter, but it’s just plain tacky.
Do: If you want a novelty planter, try an old wheelbarrow with holes drilled in the bottom for drainage.

Check Your Rear
Don’t: Wooden grandmas with their bloomers showing aren’t stylish.
Do: An elegant piece of statuary can be a beautiful part of your landscaping.

•Keep On Trucking
Don’t: Old tires will deteriorate and spoil your lawn.
Do: Ask your landscaper about building an attractive raised flowerbed.

Gnome You Didn’t
Don’t: Some lawn gnomes can be as frightening as creepy clowns.
Do: Gazing balls are popular, and classier than staring gnomes.

Apostrophes Are Possessive
Don’t: Name signs like “The Jones’s” are all too common displays of grammatical errors.
Do: Skip the sign altogether. It can be dangerous to advertise your name to passers-by.

Holiday Fusion
Don’t: Red, white and blue bunting doesn’t flatter reindeer.
Do: Take holiday decorations down before they lose that special seasonal vibe.

For the best-decorated and landscaped lawn on the block, contact Evergreen Landscaping at (805) 773-5395.

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23 May 2017

Dangerous Landscaping [Infographic]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From amateur landscaping to upcycling carried too far, dangerous landscaping requires professional assistance.

Pallets

People are grabbing pallets and using them for walkways, fencing and even aboveground pools. Stop right there. Unfinished or unmaintained pallets will attract damaging insects and eventually rot, posing a danger to your family.

What is This Plant?

Some of the most attractive landscaping plants are toxic to humans and pets. Before you buy that plant on sale or take a cutting from your friend, make sure you know what it is.

But It’s Rustic

You can’t spell “rustic” without “rust.” Leave it in the field unless you want a Family Tetanus Shot Day.

There’s a Mailbox in Here Somewhere

Flowers around your mailbox are great until you or your mail carrier gets stung. Choose something attractive that doesn’t grow out of control.

Rocky Road

Uneven, amateur pathways are dangerous. Call a pro for hardscaping.

Don’t Get Burned

The leaves of some landscaping plants contain flammable oils. Again, make sure you know what you’re planting close to your house.

They Were There First

Got destructive wildlife? A landscaper can help with solutions that allow everyone to live in harmony.

Don’t Get Burned, Part Two

Fire pits are enjoyable when you’re entertaining or just relaxing, but they have to have a wide stone or brick base for safety.

When you need help with landscaping dangers, Evergreen Landscaping is just a phone call away.

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04 May 2017

Plants and Gardens that Attract Bees and Butterflies [Infographic]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plants and Gardens that Attract Bees and Butterflies
Pollinators are dying off at an alarming rate, but you can help them by planting a bee and butterfly garden.

What Are Pollinators?

Pollinators include both insects and birds, including:

• All species of bees
• Butterflies
• Moths
• Wasps
• Birds

Birds carry pollen when they forage flowering shrubs for berries. Hummingbirds are important pollinators. Wasps eat pest insects and get pollen on themselves in the process.

What Are the Elements of a Pollinator Garden?

Start with a variety of plants to appeal to all pollinators. Different insects prefer certain colors, so plant a colorful garden. Hummingbirds need flowers that accommodate their long beaks.

Recommended native California flowers are:

• Hollyleaf Cherry (Pale Swallowtail butterfly)
• Coffee Berry (songbirds, bees and butterflies)
• California Aster (birds and butterflies)
• California Buttercup (native bees)
• Kotolo Milkweed (Monarch butterfly)
• Laurel Sumac (bees, butterflies and birds)
• Purple Owl’s Clover (Bay Checkerspot butterfly)
• Elegant Clarkia (hummingbirds and bees)
• Greenbark Ceanothus (native bees)
• Texas Paintbrush (hummingbirds and butterflies)

These are all drought-tolerant flowers and shrubs.

Pollinator gardens need a birdbath and a butterfly puddle. A butterfly puddle is a sunken puddle with pebbles or colorful stones for insects to perch on while they drink.

We’re ready to help you create your butterfly garden, from plants to water elements.

16 May 2016

How do I Prevent Crabgrass from Growing in My Yard? [Infographic]

crabgrass

If you plan ahead, you greatly increase the chances that you will never have to face crabgrass in the future. Let’s take a closer look at what crabgrass is and what you can do about it.

What is Crabgrass?

  • Crabgrass is an annual plant.
  • It’s a low plant with very thin leaves that seems to infect yards like a virus.
  • There are more than 300 different types around the world.

How to Prevent Crabgrass from Growing

  • Keep your yard healthy as possible.
  • Let your grass grow a bit higher. Four inches during the summer, and three inches during the winter and fall seasons.

Tired of crabgrass? Consider switching to synthetic turf. It’s low-maintenance and looks great year- round.

Contact us for a Free Consultation.

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01 May 2016

Advice to Make Gardening More Fun and Fruitful [Infographic]

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Gardening includes many benefits making it an excellent hobby.  From enhancing property value to growing fresh ingredients for cooking, it’s a great way to spend your time.

Here are some tips to get started on your personal garden!

First Time Gardeners

  • Find plants that are good for beginners.
  • Use organic mulches to keep moisture within the soil by reducing evaporation.
  • Consider asking friends or family for clippings using their existing plants.

Landscape designs

  • Where water is scarce, home gardeners need to change to plants that need little moisture.
  • Lawns can be changed to gravel, wood chips or patio decking.
  • Taking advantage of clippings can help you save in landscape designs and gardening costs.

Excessive Amount of Fruits & Vegetables

  • Don’t let your veggies go to waste. Offer then them to family, friends, and neighbors.
  • Preserve for future use by canning, freezing or dehydrating the surplus.
  • Call the local food bank to see if they except donations.

Need a jump start with your gardening? Contact Evergreen Landscaping for a free consultation.

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14 Oct 2014

7 Questions you Need to Ask Before Hiring a Landscaper [Infographic]

7 Questions You Need to Ask Before Hiring a Landscaper

 

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31 Oct 2013

Simple Landscaping Ideas [Infographic]

Want to learn  simple landscaping ideas? You may be thinking that it will be difficult to impress anyone with your landscaping skills because you simply do not have enough time during the week to take care of the yard. The good news for anyone who never has time to take care of the lawn is that there are some simple landscaping ideas that you can use to your advantage.

Let’s take a look at a few different simple landscaping ideas that could work for your home.

Simple Landscaping Ideas

 

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