Fairy Yardmother Landscape Design

by Kathy Oberg, Landscape Designer, Los Angeles, CA.
FairyYardmother[at]gmail[dot]com

Thank you for visiting my site. I enjoy bringing you pictures of gardens, plants, and ideas from sunny Southern California. I love sharing after-photos that show how my landscape plans, plant lists and layouts come to life.
As a designer, I use plants to create drama, provide color and form, and compliment the architectural style of your home.
I strive to provide a buffer from sun, street, and neighbors while still fostering connections.
Inspired plant choices and site layout can make any space a success.
I am a Certified Watershed Wise Professional, with techniques to improve soil health and keep more water on your property.
I can help you makeover your patio, paths, planting areas, or entire property. I will consult with you, choose a look you love, and compose a plan and plant list to update your landscape, re-using what you already have wherever we can.
Each project is different because it is about making your space really shine.


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Trees -- Pyrus kawakamii, Evergreen Pear Tree

In January, all the Fruitless Pear trees begin to blossom around L.A.  It is quite a sight. The white blossoms are very showy on a tree that's a wonderful work horse for the garden or parkway. Its roots are non-invasive. It keeps its leaves most of the year, and does not drop as many leaves as some trees.
You have probably seen these trees on the streets of Los Angeles, and not always been impressed. When they are left unpruned, and allowed to sucker (that is, when shoots come up from the bottom of the trunk), they can look pretty awful. They are also susceptible to Fireblight, which causes some leaves to turn brown and die. These branches need to trimmed back to a healthy place, and the loppers should be cleaned with alcohol after every cut.
With just a minimum amount of care, they are a very pretty smallish tree which does not outgrow it's space, nor cause many problems. They are valuable as a street tree or shade tree. They do best with regular water while getting established in the first year or two after planting. Then watering once a month is fine.
A good way to water any new tree is to create a basin around the trunk, but not right up against it, and let a hose drip slowly into the basin for 20 to 30 minutes. This encourages deep roots.

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