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Handful of mulch Anne of Green Gardens

Using mulch is a great way to save water and control weeds in your garden. There are two categories of mulch, organic and inorganic. Mulch Types Examples of organic mulch include compost, shredded bark or shredded leaves, wood chips, composted sawdust and straw. Grass clippings can be used as mulch if you do not have […]

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Mulch, Mulch, Mulch!

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The word “mulch” can be a verb OR a noun. To clarify, let’s use them in a sentence. “I am mulching around my plants with shredded bark mulch.” Now, underline the noun and verb just for fun! (kinda takes you back to English class, doesn’t it?) Mulching serves several purposes.  It helps conserve soil moisture by […]

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Plant Profile: Daphne odora

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Daphne is an evergreen shrub with deliciously scented flowers. The fragrance lingers in the air in the garden, inviting you to get closer. The fragrant flowers may be light pink or white. Flowers bloom in late winter to early spring, depending upon your region. Plant leaves are either leathery, dark green and shiny, and one […]

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Anne’s Top 7 Gardening Tips

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These 7 tips are helpful ideas I’ve learned during my lifetime of gardening.  There are many more I could have written but 7 is such a good number I decided to stick with it. Feel free to post your tips below! Tip #1 Everybody makes mistakes! All of the gardeners you know and admire (even […]

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Summer Fall Color: Drought StressFall Color Trees


The drought in California is well into its 3rd year. Many people have cut back on watering their landscapes and let their lawns die. Lawns are easy to replace, but landscape trees are not. Sprinkler water may be the only water landscape trees receive during summer. One of the symptoms of drought stress in trees […]

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Pacific Coast IrisPlant Profiles

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If you need a plant with show-stopping color for shade, Pacific Coast iris, also called Douglas iris, is your plant! It resembles bearded irises in leaf and flower appearance but is more diminutive. Bearded iris flowers tend to stand tall above their leaves, while Pacific Coast iris flowers are shorter. Pacific Coast iris grow from […]

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Weed growing, Crabgrass Banner for Anne of Green Gardens

By definition, a weed is a plant in the wrong place. Weeds compete with garden plants for water, nutrients and even sunlight. Find out how to prevent and control weeds in your garden using organic or non-toxic methods. Weed Identification It’s important to know what kinds of weeds grow in your garden. Once you identify […]

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Animal Pests

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Unlike insect pests, animal pests tend to take big bites out of your garden or others may prevent you from having a garden. Learn how to deal with garden visitors who tend to overstay their welcome.  Animal Pests Animal pests can cause a lot of damage in a garden. Deer, rabbits and gophers can decimate […]

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Planting a Tree

The proverb, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time to plant is now,” leaves out the importance of planting that tree correctly! It also doesn’t mention that trees planted incorrectly do not live very long and can cause a lot of problems in the landscape. Best Time […]

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Did you know that you can grow a vegetable garden with 4-6 hours of sunlight? Leafy greens like lettuce, chard and spinach and other vegetables like broccoli, peas, beets, radishes, and cauliflower can do well in partial shade if they receive several hours of sunlight. Warm season vegetables like corn, peppers, tomatoes and eggplant need […]

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