Tag: gardening

Magical Meyer Lemon Trees

Bonnie Nowicki Lemon tree aficionados take notice! Can anything be yummier than lemon bars, lemon curd, and refreshing homemade lemonade? Meyer lemons are prized because they are sweeter, juicier, less acidic, and completely edible (even the peel). Some of my Quail Creek neighbors grow Meyer lemon trees and kindly share their plentiful harvest. I wanted to learn…

March Gardening and Landscaping Tips

Cindy Mayhle, Maintenance Manager for AAA Landscape We hope that you will find this month’s tips helpful for keeping your trees, shrubs, flowers, and plants healthy. Grass * Ryegrass should be watered about once or twice a week depending on the weather. Bermuda grass needs water about once a month. * If you are planning for new…

Appreciate Your Garden

Bonnie Nowicki Happy January 2021, dear Quail Creek gardeners. It’s a new year and, hopefully, many new beginnings. Perhaps now is a good time to review our home landscapes. Of course, there are many features we love about our personal gardens. We move through our yards so quickly; we don’t always savor the beauty before us. Are…

January Gardening and Landscaping Tips

Cindy Mayhle, Maintenance Manager for AAA Landscape Here are this month’s tips for keeping your trees, shrubs, flowers, and plants healthy. Grass Fertilize once a month with Ironite for a dark green lawn and less mowing. If you did not overseed the Bermuda grass, water the dormant Bermuda at least once a month. Flowers January is…

Plants for the Holiday Season

Bonnie Nowicki, Master Gardener Hello Quail Creek neighbors. It’s time to shake off the almost year-long stresses and allow peace and joy to overcome us. Festive holiday plants are waiting to grace our tables, countertops, and patios. Support your local stores and purchase a cheerful plant or two. My December 2019 article on holiday plant…

December Gardening and Landscaping Tips

Cindy Mayhle, Maintenance Manager for AAA Landscape Here are this month’s tips for keeping your trees, shrubs, flowers, and plants healthy. Prepare for Frosts Now If you don’t care for your sensitive trees, bushes, flowers, and vegetables before the first frost, it’s probably too late, since the first frost will permanently damage them. It is…

November Gardening and Landscaping Tips

Cindy Mayhle, Maintenance Manager for AAA Landscape New from your Landscape Maintenance Team, each month we’ll be publishing tips for keeping your trees, shrubs, flowers, and plants healthy. They are provided by our landscaping contractor, AAA Landscape, who maintains the common areas of our community. We hope you enjoy them! Grass * Bermuda should be watered…

Add a Graceful Vine to Your Landscape

Bonnie Nowicki, Master Gardener As we continue to be ever hopeful about these challenging times in our country, perhaps envisioning a lovely arbor covered with lush greenery and fragrant flowers is just what we need to boost our spirits. Visualize a charming vine meandering up a wall, arbor, or trellis. Vines, actually, are a practical…

Container Herb Gardening

Bonnie Nowicki, Master Gardener Two books devoted exclusively to herbs sit on my bookshelf and need attention. Both books extol the versatility and medicinal value of herbs. So much information! For this article, I decided to focus on growing herbs in containers for their beauty, practical uses, and movability. You don’t need a garden or…

Gardening for the Love of Butterflies

Bonnie Nowicki, Master Gardener A recent butterfly article in the SanDiego News gave me cause for concern about the noticeable decrease of butterflies everywhere. The article centered their attention on the tiny Quino checkerspot. Its remaining habitats are under threat from development projects, and environmental groups have filed a petition to have this butterfly added…