Category Archives: Horticulture

Patio Garden Renovations

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Water Wise Landscaping can transform your patio with a custom garden design and installation. At this home in Alameda, a sunny but overgrown patio became a welcoming space for the family to gather and tend to the fruits and vegetables.  Call (510) … Continue reading

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Planters and potted plants are great additions to outdoor seating areas, decks, and balconies. Planters create garden spaces within seating areas, whether ceramic, wooden, terra cotta, stone, plastic or other material. A colorful and varied planting will provide an elegant … Continue reading

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Spring Wildflower Season Pictures

Spring is wildflower season in the Bay Area! Did you know that the San Francisco Bay’s climate only as three true seasons? They are: wildflower season, summer, and the rainy season.  The wildflower season starts as early as mid-February as … Continue reading

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Trees and tree stakes

There are times when trees require staking but all staking should be temporary. Unfortunately, more often than not, tree stakes are left in place too long and damage the tree! Stakes are needed at planting time in areas of strong wind … Continue reading

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Native and Drought Tolerant Gardens

Water wise gardens use native and drought tolerant plants like Flowering Currant and Cleveland Sage instead of water thirsty plants.  There is an abundance of plants to design water-friendly gardens including many from the Mediterranean region like Lavender or Strawberry … Continue reading

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Aesthetic Prune Rhododendrons, Camellias

For two weeks a year, Rhododendrons really put on a flowering show. Rhododendrons in gardens in the East Bay are just finishing their main bloom for the year.  The dry winter with late rains have pushed their flower cycle into … Continue reading

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Fertilize for Spring Growth

As the month of March passes, so does the chance of frost in the San Francisco Bay area.  Temperatures slowly creep up while rain continues. Check the weather forecast for night-time temperatures staying above 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Above this temperature, … Continue reading

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Bare-root roses, fruit trees, and more

Now is the time to purchase bare-root plants at the local nursery. Roses, deciduous fruit trees, nut trees, cane berries, grapes, clematis, wisteria, and forsythia can all be found bare-root for purchase now. Bare-root means that the plants come with … Continue reading

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The San Francisco Bay area only has a few nights with frost a year.  But these infrequent cold temperatures pose a threat to some of the sub-tropical plants that we like to grow- like Citrus, Bougainvillea, Hibiscus and Tibouchina. What … Continue reading

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January is Rose Pruning Time!

January is rose pruning time in the San Fransisco Bay area.  Whether the weather is rainy or sunny, be sure to call Water Wise to have your roses pruned for structure, disease control, and optimum future growth by our experienced … Continue reading

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