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California Natives: Meet the Real Stars of the State

Are you looking for low-maintenance plants that not only look beautiful but also support native pollinators? If so... look no further than these native stars of the golden state. Check out a few of our superstar natives below to incorporate with other waterwise plants for a garden of abundance.
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Peach tree with ripe fruit

Fruit Tree Q&A, Part I

Now that fruit trees are starting to produce fruit, we're getting questions. Our garden gurus have some advice for fruit tree growers in our area. Part I of our Fruit Tree Q&A series answers customer questions about pests and disease. 
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Beneficial Insects, Part III

Our series on beneficial superheroes continues. First it was lady bugs and lacewings as controls for smaller, soft-bodied insect pests. Then it was on to mantids, those bigger beneficial insects that can take on the bigger insect pests, including caterpillars and grasshoppers. The next superhero may not be an insect, but it is a pest control star that deserves top billing.

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Perennial garden in bloom

Summer Series Part II, Pollinators

Pollinators play an essential role in our ecosystem and in the habitat of your garden. So why not invite those insects or animals that move pollen from one flower to the next—into your garden? Flowers are designed to attract pollinators with their bright colors and enticing fragrance. Bees and butterflies are probably the most well-known pollinators—but others include hummingbirds, bats, and small mammals, along with insects like beetles, and ants.
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Pollinator friendly plant combination in a container

Playful Pollinator Paradise

Playful Pollinator Paradise
An Instagram Live Event!
4:00pm on Friday, June 26 

We're going LIVE for our second Summer Series focusing on the pollinators, in celebration of National Pollinator Week. Mark your calendar and join us for a hands-on pollinator container garden, a lavender-honey cocktail, and special music provided by our guest DJ so you can plant, sway and sip.
Check the garden supply list to make sure you have everything you need to play along with us in pollinator paradise.
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Praying mantis on squash plant

Beneficial Insects, Part II

In this second part of our series on beneficial insects, we're focused on the superhero beneficial insects to take care of those larger garden pests. 

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Ladybug on a leaf

Beneficial Insects, Part I

Did you know that 98% of all known insects are considered good bugs? If your plant is suffering due to a bad bug, there are beneficial insects out there hungry to get at that bad bug. Let's look at a few....

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Image of established raised garden bed

Ready. Set. Grow!

It's time to get your warm-season veggies in the ground, and raised beds are a great option for growing all your edible plants. Learn how to position your plants, choose a soil, get tips for watering, and more. 
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Aphids on a plant

An Ounce of Prevention

Spring is here, the weather is warming up in the garden, and that means we’re seeing a lot more activity among our plants—both good and not so good. Many of you have contacted us with questions about what’s going on in your garden, so we’ve pulled together answers to some common questions about pest and disease problems, along with recommended treatments.  

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