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GARDENING CORNER

Make the Most of Your Garden This Fall

Receive a $15,000 Rebate from the LADWP
Take advantage of LADWP’s most popular water conservation program and get up to $15,000 rebate when you replace your grass with California Friendly and native plants. For more details and how to apply, click here.

If you would like additional guidance, the LADWP offers free, monthly introductory California Friendly Landscape Training (CFLT) classes for customers. The three-hour classes provide a broad overview of the benefits of a California Friendly Landscape. Click here for the schedule.

Add Color & Seasonal Vegetables
Consider adding autumnal color to your space by planting barberry, holly or hydrangea shrubs or perennials such as fortnight lily, primroses, Kaffir lily and cyclamen. On the edible side, now is a good time to plant any one of the following: beets, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, chervil, chives, collards, endive, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce and green onions.

Plant Now for Spring
Looking ahead to spring, September and October are the best times to plant the following: amaryllis, daffodils, freesias, Dutch irises and peonies. For a complete list, please visit here.

Consider Using Compost Instead of Fertilizer
Compost is great and it is the cheapest; you can make it yourself, it is slow release, it contains micronutrients and it is organic. To start, get a compost bin – they are either stationary or rotating. The next step is to get the ingredient mix right. A low-maintenance pile has a combination of brown and green plant matter, plus some moisture to keep the good bacteria humming. Shredded newspaper, wood chips and dry leaves are ideal for the brown elements; kitchen waste and grass clippings are perfect for the green add-ins. Lastly, make sure to turn the pile with a pitchfork or compost aerator every week or two to make sure that all of the materials are blended in and working together.

Solve Your Pest Problem
If you’ve had problems with pests in your garden over the summer but couldn’t figure out what they were or how to get rid of them, the University of California Agriculture & Natural Resources has a dedicated online library that provides all the information you need including the safest pesticides to use in your home and how to select a pest control company.