Fairy Yardmother Landscape Design

by Kathy Oberg, Landscape Designer, Los Angeles, CA.

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.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Fall is Planting Time!

Beginning in October, and continuing through January, is the best time to plant drought-tolerant species in Southern California. New plants always need lots of water to get established. Plants from mediterranean climates like ours expect to receive the most water during our rainy season in the Fall and Winter months. Thus, this is the best time to plant drought-tolerant natives and non-natives, and water them regularly for the first 3 to 6 months after planting. During this period, you can expect to water 2 to 3 times a week depending on rain, soil, and sun exposure. As the plants become established, you can do less watering, especially during the hot summer months when mediterranean species prefer to stay on the dry side.

Fall is also the time to scatter seeds of native beauties like California Poppy. And there are plenty of cool-season vegetables to plant now.

Tropicals and Citrus are best planted in warmer months, though you can still sneak in a few before winter hits. Drought-tolerant trees and shrubs grow more quickly and are much happier when planted in mid to late Fall. So get out there and plant that tree you've been wanting to shade the house or patio! California natives also respond well to January planting.
On a budget? Buy Sages, Lavender or Rosemary in small and inexpensive 4" or 1 gallon pots to plant now, and they will take off quickly in Spring, often catching up with their 5-gallon-size cousins!

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