• With Spring Upon Us, Time To Make Garden and Landscaping Plans
    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at



  • Spring officially begins March 20 but there is no need to wait to start planning and planting your spring garden and landscape projects.

    Evaluate Your Soil: With the heavy rains over the past few months, important nutrients from the soil may have leached out. Add soil amendments with the proper pH balance to encourage strong plant growth. Cultivate the soil down one foot. Add appropriate organic soil amendments before any new planting.

    Start Your Spring Garden: Plenty of vegetables and herbs can be planted in the ground in March. Vegetables include beets, carrots, cucumber, eggplant, endive, lettuce, onions, peas, peppers, radishes, strawberries, squash and tomatoes. Herbs to plant now are basil, chives, cilantro, dill and parsley. These vegetables and herbs can be planted from seed or as seedlings.

    Plant Blooming Flowers: For an instant spring flower garden, plant blooming flowers such as azaleas, petunias, marigolds, bearded iris and geraniums. These and more are available at nurseries this month.

    Add Fragrant Shrubs: A garden should smell nice as well as look nice. Add star jasmine, lilac or gardenia to your garden. Their scent will enhance the beauty of your landscape. Don't forget sweet smelling herbs too such as sage and thyme.

    Plant Avocado Trees: Now is the time to plant avocado trees. Patience is key, as the trees may not produce fruit for three to four years (longer if planted from seed). New trees need deep watering (especially during summer). Trees need full sun and plenty of room to grow (they can grow as high as 35 feet). Avocado trees are also available in dwarf size.

    Practice Weed Control: If you haven't kept up on weed control, by now, weeds could easily account for much of the greenery in your garden. Spend an afternoon or two weeding your yard and then add a layer of mulch. Mulch not only invigorates plants, but also suppresses weeds before they start. Add at least a two to three inch layer around trees, shrubs, flowers and plants.

    Fertilize Citrus Trees: Add a well-balanced citrus fertilizer early in March. Nitrogen is the primary nutrient that needs to be replaced (once in spring and again in fall). If leaves are yellow, the tree may be experiencing an iron deficiency. Follow the directions on the fertilizer package to determine quantity. Don't apply the fertilizer directly to the base of the tree. Instead, place at the drip line.

    For more gardening tips, go to www.agromin.com.

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  • Agromin and Waste Management Turn Santa Monica Green and Food Waste into Mulch
    Friday, February 17, 2017 at



  • Agromin and Waste Management are collaborating by helping Santa Monica to become a zero waste city by processing green waste and food scraps from city residents. The amount of food we throw away that ends up in landfills is staggering. Agromin currently processes more than 380,000 tons of organic and food materials each year and turns it into compost and soil amendments.

    Just think, the food and organic waste you put out for recycling is being turned into compost and then used in landscape projects around the Los Angeles area. Some of the locations using the materials include the California Science Center, Natural History Museum, San Vincente Park, Watts Towers and Pepperdine in Malibu.

    The compost is also great for yards in:

    Veggie gardens
    Container gardening
    Turf maintenance
    Pathways (ES2 mulch for a natural look)

    Agromin's Dave Green often gives talks to Santa Monica Community College students about organics recycling (next up is March 28).

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