| A Master Gardener's guide to gardening in a hot dry climate
La Nina Rules. A
quick look at a map of world ocean temperatures reveals chilly
waters off the coast of Peru -- a sure sign that this is a La
Nina weather year. That means low winter rainfall in Southern
California, southern Nevada and other areas of the U.S.
Southwest. In other parts of the world, for example, western
Africa, the La Nina conditions mean increased rainfall.
Mother Nature Needs
Assistance. You will get little irrigation
help from Mother Nature this winter so be sure to water
your garden. Trees, in particular, needs long slow drip
irrigation during winter months because that is when
their roots are growing. And stronger roots mean more
vigorous trees when summer heat arrives. It takes more
than a few minutes to get water deep enough into the
soil to encourage this root growth.
While some horticulturalists
advocate overnight deep watering once a month, we think that
is excessive. But an hour or two of slow deep irrigation
will make your trees stronger.
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Arlington Garden. It is rare to
see a public garden under development from the ground up, so
the new Arlington Garden in Pasadena, CA may be worth a
visit if you are in the area.
This 3 acre, water-wise garden is a
private/public collaboration -- with the emphasis on private
efforts. That means the garden is not being installed
all at once. Rather, trees and shrubs are being
planted over a period of years following a master plan
created by noted garden designer Mayita Dinos.
She designed the Arlington Garden to
incorporate several garden rooms on the site of an old
estate: a Mediterranean garden, a citrus garden, a
meadowlands, an oak grove and desert garden. Because
it is still new, there are plenty of bare areas, but the
Mediterranean section is maturing nicely.
More gardening news for you
|Learn which big beautiful trees,
like this Fan Tex Ash,
best in hot, dry climates.
|See an online preview of
the many gardens at the
Los Angeles Arboretum.
can give you
nuts and shade if grown
in the correct conditions.
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