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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Alstroemeria tips by Torrey Pines Landscape Company

Alstroemerias, or Peruvian lilies, are members of the lily family that are considerably drought tolerant and whose cut blooms can last up to two weeks. Since they can be tall, they do well in the back of a border planting arrangement. The flowers are available in white, cream, yellow, orange, pink, and red...with or without streaks of a darker color. The foliage is lily-like and the stalks are hearty. There are different hybrids available but we recommend the Meyer hybrid because they bloom longer and can be transplanted, divided and moved with greater success than other hybrids. Along the coast, we can plant them in full sun. Inland planting requires partial shade and using mulch to cool the soil in the summer. No matter where your garden is located, alstroemeris need loose well drained soil, fertilizer and adequate space for their roots to spread. After the flowers have finished blooming, you remove each spent stalk by pulling it individually from the tubers which will stimulate the plant to produce more bloom spikes. The same applies when using the flowers in an arrangement...pull the stems out singly first, then cut them for your vase.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Designing a Landscape that Compliments the Stlye of your Home by Torrey Pines Landscape Company

Although nothing is set in stone, a successful landscape design, including both soft and hardscape elements, will be aesthetically compatible with the style of your home. Here are some loose historical guidelines for several architectural styles:

Italianate and French - formal and/or bilateral symmetry

Tudor, Cottage or Bungalow - some symmetry, but less formal

Modern - crisp, clean geometric shapes and/or lines

These are merely historical suggestions from which you may start...there are endless hybrids and adaptations.
Remember that a truly successful garden design is not only aesthetically pleasing but also satisfies the needs of those using it.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tree Planting Tips from Torrey Pines Landscape Company

Rancho Santa Fe

We have been planting trees in the San Diego area since 1983 & here are a few tips to ensure that the trees not only survive but thrive.
1. Timing. Generally autumn or early spring are ideal. Palms and tropicals are ideally planted in the summer. Deciduous trees plant best when they are dormant in the cooler months.
2. Choose the right tree for the right area. Research with Sunset's Western Garden Book or a landscape design company.
3. Select a healthy specimen. Avoid ones with scarred trunks and broken or cracked limbs.
4. Successful planting relies on digging a hole that is the proper depth (the crown of the root ball should sit an inch above the surrounding ground) and width (2.5 times the width of the root ball).
5. The back-fill depends on the type of tree that's planted. An avocado tree does better with only natural backfill whereas a magnolia prefers a blend of soil that was excavated with added amendments
6. The first year of any transplanted trees life is critical. It will need regular slow deep watering until the roots are established. Use ariation tubes, especially for larger specimens,  for deep watering and feeding.
7. Check the warranty & reputation of your tree installer
8. A wonderful reference book, or "Owners Manual", is Ornamental Trees for Mediterranean Climates (the trees of San Diego) by Steve Brigham & Don Walker

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Monday, August 15, 2011

What's Blooming in August by Torrey Pines Landscape Company

Yucca gloriosa, commonly known as the Spanish Dagger, is blooming 'gloriously' around the county right now. This native of the south eastern United States usually grows to 8-10 ft in height here in San Diego providing it has full sun and well drained soil.  It is perfectly suited, once established, for a water-wise garden. It has pale blue green leaves with soft pointed tips that are less hazardess than some of the other Yucca varities. The bloom stalk rises up from the foliage and has creamy white and fragrant flowers that hang delicately in contrast to the plants spear like foliage. Make sure to prune back the flower stalk once this seasons bloom have faded to encourage new growth and flowering for the upcoming bloom season.
To see some beautiful blooming specimens, visit Balboa Park's Desert Garden located along

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