|Six foot 4 inch Jim checks the
busy insects on Patrinia
lawn in San Diego
just a pretty flower....
It wasn't so long ago that gardeners would choose perennials
simply because they liked the flower. If it had a sweet scent,
so much the better! However times have changed and now gardeners
have much more savvy when it comes to choosing
Here at Bluestem Nursery, I have a short list of attributes
that our perennials must have in order for us to carry them.
First, I go for longevity. We want plants that will last many
years without extra help.
Second, they must require little to no fertilizer. We never
fertilize our perennials, but we do provide water once a week
in our hot dry climate.
Third, I look for a long season of interest. Not just for blooming,
but also for fall colour and even structure in the snowy winters.
Besides hardiness, I look for plants that are easy to grow
and are undemanding of our time and energy. I want to simply
enjoy the plants and not have to prop them up or fiddle with
them in any way.
Our current list of these low maintenance plants :
have the above attributes, plus they are particularly well-suited
for use as green roof plants.
By selecting our perennials you can expect these attributes
to extend to the home landscape.
Enviro-Turf Lawn Seed in San Diego, California
For those of you who were interested in the Enviro-Turf lawn
that George Baboi has planted in San Diego, and the dramatic
reduction in his water bill, here is the latest from George
(March of this year):
"Well, over a year has passed since I used your Enviro-Turf
lawn here in San Diego. As you may recall, first 4 months Nov.,
Dec., Jan., and Feb 2012 were outstanding as far as water reduction
in using your product. Following that time, I still paid close
attention to the water usage in the summer months and then in
Here is some good news, during hot summer months, I still used
anywhere between 30% to 42% less water than the previous grass.
Probably could have gone even more in water reduction since
we had such hot summer, but I was nervous with not knowing the
grass and did not want to stress it too much. Actually, I know
for sure I could have used less water especially during the
3 months of June, July and August when we had a very hot and
humid weather. Reason I say that is because I used too much
water and start to develop some fungus inside the grass which
was not very good. After I found out my reason for fungus, and
done the appropriate correction, my grass start looking very
well again. The only issue I had, in those areas where I had
fungus, I lost some grass, but in the winter I have receded
with some left-over product from you from the year before."
Read more of
George's update here on our blog....
We are so happy for George and all the others who are saving
money and being kind to the environment at the same time. This
info and 5 previous reports from George, are on our Bluestem
See more info regarding our Enviro-Turf: www.better-lawn.com
Wishing you all a wonderful Holiday Season and great
gardening successes in 2015!
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