Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

August, 2000
Regional Report

Pull Those Weeds

Weeds will rob nutrients and water from nearby plants. Water the day before you decide to pull weeds. The damp soil will help those roots to slip easily from the ground. If you don't get the roots, the weeds will grow right back. Compost all weeds except those that spread by underground roots.

Check Drip Irrigation

Set soaker hoses around redwood and other trees that aren't under irrigation. Redwoods have shallow root systems. If an emitter is blocked, your first indication will be a dead plant. Turn on the system manually and make a thorough inspection of all emitters. If one is not putting out water, take off the fitting and either remove the blockage or replace the part.

Set Soaker Hoses

Set soaker hoses around redwood and other trees that aren\'t under irrigation. Redwoods have shallow roots and will appreciate biweekly watering during the dry summer months. I like those rubber soaker hoses that are made from recycled tires. They ooze rather than drip. I make the hoses a permanent part of the redwood grove by covering them with a layer of mulch to protect them from the sun.

Deadhead Annuals

Flowering annual plants need a trim to prolong their bloom time. Since the mission of plants is make a seed, if you remove the faded flowers, the plant will try to make another seed, meaning more flowers. Cut the faded flowers at the base of the stem, near the foliage, so the plant looks tidy. Compost the trimmings.

Make A Miniature Railroad Garden

When planting a miniature railroad garden, use miniature and dwarf varieties of plants, such as miniature roses, to keep the garden in proper scale with the railway. Miniature roses are hardier than hybrid tea roses, but they do need some winter protection in cold-winter areas. The shallow roots need regular water and fertilizer. Mulch the soil surrounding these tiny plants with bark mulch to cut down on weeding and watering.


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