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Gardens as a metaphor for life

kathy mg

An acquaintance recently told me about a favorite and once thriving shrub that was in serious decline.  The problem: over time, branches from a nearby tree had grown and spread so widely that they were shading out the sun-loving plant. The only...

Posted on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 9:32 AM
  • Author: Kathy Ikeda

Master Gardeners – we’re here to help you

A San Joaquin Master Gardener working in the Learning Landscape

Have you ever wondered where to go for advice about landscaping or vegetable gardening? Does a pest problem have you stumped? Do you need guidance on how and when to prune your favorite specimen plant or fruit tree? Master Gardeners are here to...

Posted on Monday, February 5, 2018 at 10:26 AM
  • Author: Kathy Ikeda

Avoid problems with some smaller trees for shade and color.

Red maples in my neighbor's front garden.

A friend asked me recently if there are modest sized trees to plant for shade. Her recent experience was removing a Magnolia tree which had cracked up her driveway. The back-hoe operator, who took out the root-ball, said it was the largest he had ever...

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 11:20 AM
  • Author: Lee Miller

Managing Mistletoe in Trees


You may have seen Mistletoe hung in doorways over these past few weeks. It is a traditional holiday decoration, but when it's growing on trees in the landscape, this parasitic plant may not seem quite as charming. There are two types of mistletoe:...

Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 8:14 AM

Dormant sprays can help reduce pests and disease in fruit trees

Peach Leaf Curl

If you have a fruit tree, you know that gardeners are not the only ones who enjoy the bounty of the harvest.  There are many pests — such as scales, aphids and mites –that feast on the tender plant parts and these same pests overwinter...

Posted on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 7:10 PM

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