by Charlene Burgi
December is a great time of the year. All the bare root plants will be coming into the nurseries this month. ‘Tis the season to assess what new roses you can’t live without; to replace poor producing fruit trees with new bare root varieties; and to consider planting strawberries, asparagus, rhubarb, grapes and berries. Look around: Do you have a place to plant a beautiful deciduous shade tree to protect the house from the glare and heat of the summer sun for energy efficiency?
Before purchasing plants, think of the location where they will be planted for water compatibility with the irrigation system in your garden. Will the new plants need the same amount of water as the other plants in the area? Or will you need to put in another irrigation valve so the plant doesn’t drown or die of thirst? And if a new valve is needed, do you have an opening to wire into on your irrigation controller?
A few notes of interest for landscape professionals and homeowners:
MMWD is partnering with Marin County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program (MCSTOPPP) for the Eco Bay-Friendly Tour on May 15, 2010. We are looking for gardens to be on the tour. If you designed, installed or own a garden that you would like us to consider, please call Elena at (415) 945-1164 by no later than January 30. There is more information forthcoming on this fun event.
The Bay-Friendly Landscape Professional training and certification classes are filling up fast. The classes start February 3. To register, please call Gina Purin of MCSTOPPP at (415) 499-3202. This series of seven weekly classes is only offered once a year. Click here to download the registration form.