California Gardener

Here is an interesting article about California gardener, this article is an excerpt from the book called ” Tough plants for California Garden” by “Felder Rushing”. Some useful tips and insights about California gardeners.

You might be a California Gardener If…

For the uninitiated, here are some general guidelines to tell if you are a California gardener:

  • You don’t “landscape”-you arrange.
  • Your tool shed is starting to look like a half-million-dollar investment property.
  • The  !##*!! Pesky Argentine ants are in your ears when you wake up in the morning.
  • You know what “fog drip” is and/or your city’s school was closed because of a fog-out.
  • Our garden center checkout employee has six body piercings and none are visible.
  • Gas costs more than your shrubs.
  • You can’t remember if growing pot is illegal.
  • Both you and your dog or cat have therapists.
  • Ser naco es Chido-being tacky is cool.
  • The familiar phrase “invasive exotic” means you feel sneaky about still growing ivy.
  • If you have ever thought about eating the snails in your garden with garlic butter.
  • The neighborhood cell tower is dressed like a metal palm or pine.
  • On a clear day, you can see the mountains.
  • You feel guilty for owning a redwood deck-because you’ve visited its forest home.
  • Xeriscape-okay, okay, you GET it already!
  • Your bumper sticker says “I Brake for Agapanthus.”
  • You know how many bags of compost your car can hold, and you’ve cleaned it with a leaf blower.
  • You worry about losing your tennis bracelet when digging in the dirt.
  • Your garden has black spaghetti drip irrigation tubes running everywhere.
  • You can amuse yourself for an hour with a garden hose.
  • It gets so dry the trees start whistling for the dog.
  • You can grow prickly pear and crape myrtles side by side.
  • You can’t mow or blow leaves on certain days because of a noise pollution ordinance.
  • You speed more money trying to grow tomatoes that they’d cost at the store.
  • High winds always arrive right after you have planted a 5-gallon tree.
  • You don’t really understand the Sunset plant zones map.
  • Your shrubs were selected according to fire resistance.
  • The freeway has a better-maintained irrigation system than your own yard.
  • Hummer is a vehicle, not a bird.
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