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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tonight's Lecture recommendation by Torrey Pines Landscape Company

It is last minute, but we didn't want the event to pass without letting you know that tonight at 6:30pm at the Water Conservation Garden in Rancho San Diego, Greg Rubin is putting on a seminar about fire-wise gardening. He'll present the essentials of using native plants, including: plant identification and selection, proper placement and grouping and native plant care.
Be sure to visit the Garden's Firewise exhibit which demonstrates how you can make your home and landscape safer from devastating wild fires.

from the office of Torrey Pines Landscape Co., Inc.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Torrey Pines Landscape Company's Picks for Garden Tours this Weekend

There is still time to purchase tickets for the 'Autumn in the Garden Tour' put on by the San Diego Master Gardeners Association. The event, which showcases eight Point Loma homes, will be held on Saturday, October 1rst from 10am to 4pm.
"These gardens will highlight diverse water-wise landscapes and amenities ranging from outdoor kitchens to potagers and orchards. All will feature educational displays on everything from citrus care to composting, birds and butterflies, and growing tomatoes. Notable plants will be identified and labeled. A school garden (with Master Gardener consultants) will also be featured.
The event also will include a marketplace featuring Master Gardener hand-crafted garden art including birdhouses, butterfly water dishes, crystal garden totems and hypertufa pots. Plants, including many of the plants seen in the tour gardens, also will be for sale. Other vendors will be selling a variety of foods and beverages, plants, new gardening books, and other garden related items."
For more info call them at (858) 694-2860 Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or visit the website at
 from the office of Torrey Pines Landscape Co., Inc.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Letting Go of the Lawn in La Jolla by Torrey Pines Landscape Company

These La Jolla home owners were ready to make the move and get rid of the expansive water-guzzling lawn in their front yard. We were delighted to help them with the design and installation because we specialize in creating lush landscapes that are water efficient. The final product speaks for itself!

Harry Thompson, the company's owner, created an enchanting space with intertwining flagstone garden paths. The Gaura lindeheimeri, which grows from a deep tap root making it drought tolerant, adds an air of whimsy. While the Anigozanthos or Kangaroo Paw gives the garden a real punch of color. He also re-designed the entry, incorporating a brick walkway that looks as if it has always been there. Now, the homeowner has a true garden that invites her out to enjoy the flowers and the beauty year round while still conserving water.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Torrey Pines Landscape Tips featured in San Diego Home and Garden EClub

We are pleased to report that our blog on tree care was picked up by San Diego Home and Garden Lifestyle's EClub this month. Visit their website to sign up:
Here is the article.....
Torrey Pines Landscape Company has been planting trees in the San Diego area since 1983. We want to ensure that the trees we plant not only survive, but thrive. Here’s the process we generally follow:

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 backfill 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 tree’s life is critical. It will need regular slow, deep watering until the roots are established. Use aeration tubes, especially for larger specimens, for deep watering and feeding.

7.Check the warranty and reputation of your tree installer.

8.A wonderful reference book is Ornamental Trees for Mediterranean Climates by Steve Brigham, with photographs by Don Walker.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Lecture pick for September in San Diego from Torrey Pines Landscape Company

The San Diego Horticultural Society, whose mission is to "promote the enjoyment, art, knowledge and public awareness of horticulture in the San Diego area, while providing the opportunity for education and research," is hosting a lecture by Tom Spellman, Southwestern States Sales Manager for the Dave Wilson Nursery (the largest growers of deciduous fruit, nut and shade trees in CA) on Backyard Orchard Culture this Monday, Sept 12th 2011,6:00pm in Del Mar.  Tom will discuss how the objective is the prolonged harvest of tree-ripe fruit from your small space. He will discuss: planting, pruning and training techniques, compatible variety selection, espalier fruit trees, hedgerow growing and other space saving techniques. So whether you have a sprawling estate in Rancho Santa Fe or a small space assigned to edibles in La Jolla, this lecture will have something in the way of tips for you.
For more info visit

from the office of Torrey Pines Landscape Co, Inc.

What's still blooming in September by Torrey Pines Landscape Company

As I was trapped in traffic, creeping along the streets yesterday, I actually had the opportunity to notice the riot of yellow blooms still gracing our San Diego landscapes. The cause: the Gold Medallion Tree. A wonderful option for a tropical looking tree without high water usage is the Cassia letophylla, or Gold Medallion Tree. It is related to the Golden Shower tree, Cassia fistula, which you can find in such tropical climates as Hawaii or Thailand, but we have a harder time finding here. The blooms and leaves are shaped differently than its tropical cousin, but the color palette of vibrant greens and yellows is the same. Look for the yellow showy flower clusters all around the county. This semi-evergreen native of Brazil has proven to be well adapted to San Diego's climate and remarkably hardy in both cold and heat. We wouldn't plant in areas that get frost.  Its growth is between 20-30' tall and wide. It does best in full sun, in well drained soil, with support and training when young and requires little water once established.

from the office of
Torrey Pines Landscape Co., Inc.