Time to Plan, Then Plant.
Many readers have reported that July's extreme heat caused
severe damage to their desert gardens. A half-ruined
garden, however, is an opportunity to remake the space into
something very useful and beautiful. So before you
rush to the local nursery to buy new plants, take time to
draw up a plan.
Your garden plan does not have to
look like a landscape architect's detailed drawing.
You can simply make a rough drawing of the shape of your lot
or garden, then draw circles to indicate the current
function -- or non-function -- of each area.
After you have completed this, use
another color pencil or pen to note what you would really
like to have. Do you need more
shade? Do you
seating around the patio? Would you like a
replace your lawn? How about more
color in your garden
next summer? Or what should you do with that
narrow space between
your house and the neighbor's wall?
Then begin. You may only do
one or two new things this Fall, but hang onto your plan as
a reminder of your long-term goal.
Invest in The Garden.
With each tree or shrub you plant you are adding
significantly to your property value. A young Chinese
Elm (Ulmus parvifolia). for example, might cost less than
$40. Plant it this month and within five years it
could be 30 feet tall and worth thousands! And if you
plant it on the South or West side of your home, that tree
will definitely save much more than $40 on air conditioning.
Reliable Summer Color.
If you want plants that you can count on for colorful blooms
all summer long
go to our
July 2004 newsletter.