by Charlene Burgi
May 14 is set for the 5th Annual Eco-Friendly Garden Tour. For the tour we’ve found some of the most unique, efficient and green landscape gardens in Marin. This one-day-a-year event features elite creations not typically found at the average garden tour. You will find touches of elegance, imaginative garden art, strictly native plantings, intense color, edible gardens, worms at work, chickens using natural methods of controlling insects, laundry-to-landscape methods of irrigation, rainwater catchment systems and much more.
All gardens are using old, but not forgotten, methods and new technology known to help keep our environment green and our reservoirs full and promote healthy living. The leading-edge landscape contractors, designers, gardeners and architects will be present at these wonderful gardens they created. They will share their knowledge and assist with questions you might have concerning your garden.
May I suggest you take a day off from your own garden chores to explore? There is so much to see, so many ideas to capture, and surprisingly many short cuts you can learn to lighten your garden work. The ticket cost is $10.00. The experience of the event is priceless. If you need an idea for a Mother’s Day gift—why not a day touring the gardens together? Please click here to reserve your tickets . . . and hopefully our paths will cross along the way.
Tune Up Before You Turn On
A few weeks ago we experienced sleet and threat of snow. We managed to go from snow to 90 degrees in a very short period of time. Please, if you haven’t done so, inspect your irrigation system first before turning your controller to automatic.
Why go to this trouble? Earwigs love to plug up irrigation nozzles, the winter critters manage to pop off drip emitters, and the controller will need to be adjusted from last year’s runtimes if you don’t have a smart controller. You may have experienced a lateral line break caused by the freezing temperatures we experienced this winter. Turn on each valve separately and walk around to see how that station behaves. Adjust misaligned heads, clean nozzles and fix leaks.
Watch your plants closely. Hydrozones will “talk” to you if you are paying attention. Note the microclimates in your garden and adjust the irrigation runtimes to mirror the needs of the plants. Hot and sunny locations will require more minutes of runtime than cool and shady parts of the garden. You may see some plants currently requiring more water if they are catching the winds and warm sunny days we’ve been experiencing. Water in the early morning to start the plant’s day off hydrated. The winds are at a minimum during that time and your irrigation system will be far more effective if the wind isn’t carrying the spray in the wrong direction. If you need help, call us at (415) 945-1520. We have a staff of experts who can help you assess your system and identify steps that can be taken to be more effective and efficient with your water use.