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Good bugs: Insects that are welcome in the garden

Good bugs: Insects that are welcome in the garden Taking down insects with toxic pesticides can seem like a necessary step in maintaining a beautiful landscape. And to the uninformed gardener, any creepy crawly with six legs and antennae are fair game. Therefore, learning which insects are actually beneficial—and effective in the [...]

By | 2018-03-21T17:20:47+00:00 March 21st, 2018|Gardening|0 Comments

March gardening checklist

March gardening checklist So soon after the new year and it’s already time to start preparing for summer! Here is a list of some to-do items for the home gardener: Plant warm-season annuals and annual seeds once the threat of frost has passed. Choose plants according to microclimate conditions such as shade [...]

By | 2018-03-21T17:17:48+00:00 March 21st, 2018|Gardening|0 Comments

Gardening tips for sandy soil

Gardening tips for sandy soil In coastal areas like Santa Barbara, sandy soils are a reality that can bring frustration to even the most adept gardener. Fast draining and often lacking nutrients, the soil is also unworkable, falling apart easily due to its gritty makeup. However, having a beautiful garden in the [...]

By | 2018-03-21T17:14:00+00:00 March 21st, 2018|Gardening|0 Comments

Pruning and shearing: Understanding the difference

Pruning and shearing: Understanding the difference To the layperson, “pruning” can be regarded as a generic term for cutting back trees and shrubs, often interchangeable with “shearing” or “trimming.” But when the time comes to change the shape or size of overgrown trees and shrubs, it’s critical to understand the differences. For [...]

By | 2018-03-21T17:06:38+00:00 March 21st, 2018|Gardening, Landscaping|0 Comments

Planting Annual Flower Seeds to brighten gardens

Planting Annual Flower Seeds to brighten gardens There is no denying that the warm, consistent climate of California’s southern coast is a showcase of lush, gorgeous plants year round. But even here the region experiences seasons and so property owners ought to take advantage. Brighter and showier than many of [...]

By | 2018-03-21T16:43:19+00:00 March 21st, 2018|Gardening|0 Comments

Soil types in Santa Barbara

Soil types in Santa Barbara While the average gardener might direct their efforts toward selecting plants that will look best in their garden and complement the architecture of their home, it is often a myriad of other factors that determine a plant’s true success.  From sun exposure to maintenance concerns, the landscape designer must weigh [...]

By | 2018-02-28T00:31:50+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Gardening, Landscaping|0 Comments

Your January gardening to do list

Your January gardening to do list Ringing in the new year brings about thoughts on how to improve our lives, from diet and exercise to cleaning and organizing.  Residents of the Santa Barbara region often look beyond the limits of themselves and their homes and out into their gardens, seeing room for improvement.  And, just [...]

By | 2018-02-28T00:40:19+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Gardening|0 Comments

Brush clearing in Santa Barbara

Brush clearing in Santa Barbara Considered a necessary evil by many, clearing brush is a service that is not only a crucial part of general upkeep, it can also be a life and property saving measure.  Anyone in the Santa Barbara region understands the importance of maintaining a defensible zone around buildings in preventing damage [...]

By | 2018-02-28T00:46:40+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Gardening|0 Comments

Mulch Materials – Your Garden Canvas

Mulch Materials – Your Garden Canvas Gardening Expert in Santa Barbara-SB Evolution Landscape There is no doubt that plants take center stage when it comes to garden design.  Selecting just the right colors, choosing materials that complement or contrast each other, and adding interesting focal points throughout the garden are key design considerations [...]

By | 2018-02-28T00:48:31+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Gardening|0 Comments

The Spanish Colonial Revivalist garden

The Spanish Colonial Revivalist garden Early colonization of California’s coast by the Europeans was led primarily by the Spanish who named the land “Alta California.”  The early influence of these settlers remains apparent in the architecture of Southern California today.  Deemed the Spanish Colonial Revivalist style, homes new and old here boast its most iconic [...]

By | 2017-12-13T09:46:27+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Gardening|0 Comments