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The season within the landscape maintenance industry most commonly associated with growth, is waning. The additional sunlight and warm weather we have had, helped to promote plant growth as well as unwanted weeds. Keeping the landscape trimmed and flower beds weed free continues to be a big challenge this time of year. The end of summer and the beginning of fall becomes one of our busiest and challenging seasons as our enviable warm weather usually moves right through mid-October.

This summer has been exceptionally long in light of numerous imposed water restrictions. The beginning of fall can bring with it some of the year’s highest temperatures, yet this is usually short lived. Fall is a wonderful time of year, as daylight bein...

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The California legislature has passed an unprecedented statewide minimum wage hike. By 2023, the minimum wage across California will be $15 an hour. Adjusted for inflation, this will be higher than any statewide minimum wage in U.S. history. It will also be higher than the national minimum wage of any country in the world. The real increase will be even greater in inland and rural areas that have lower costs of living. When fully implemented, this law will cover one-third of all employees in California.

The wage mandate will make it very difficult for many Californians to find work. Businesses will respond by cutting jobs, raising prices, investing more heavily in labor-saving technology, or leaving the state. All of these responses cost...

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Various species of Manzanita will appear on a variety of recommended lists of drought-tolerant suggestions, and still they are missing from many landscapes. It is hard to imagine this is the case with more than forty species, not including the subspecies and hybrids. Many local nurseries grow close to 60 to 70 different types of Manzanita.

Manzanitas are varied, and grow from two inches, representing many of the coastal species, to twenty feel tall; for more interior species. Manzanitas are extremely popular and they are known for their shiny red or deep mahogany colored bark. The flowers have an urn shape that vary from white to pink. The blooms are extremely popular with hummingbirds and butterflies and the plants are very drought to...

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Kikuyu grass is an extremely aggressive weed of ornamental plantings and turf throughout California. It thrives within our micro-climate and is very fast growing. It usually turns brown in November and remains dormant until February or March, depending upon the temperature. Its negative impact is vast. Within planting areas it invades ground covers and flower beds; and if not managed, completely chokes them out. It can also invade low-growing shrubs, reducing much-needed light for the plants to remain healthy. Within turf areas, kikuyu grass forms thick mats that crowd-out the desired species.

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The best way to manage the infestation which spreads both from seed and stem sections, is to prevent its spread into new areas. It appears to be most commonly spread by mowing, and cultivation. Our best practice at Earthco is to clean equipment to remove any kikuyu grass seed and stem sections before moving out of the infested areas. It can also be known to spread in contaminated soil, sod and planting materials, so we ensure that any incoming new plant material is free of contamination.

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This is a good season to plant California Native Plants as it is the beginning of the growing season. It appears that the “frost” season may be behind us, but we had purposely stalled some of this planting, waiting for the down pour of rain to pass that was expected from El Nino. So, even though meteorologists are still predicting the rain, hoping for another “March Miracle”, we are beginning to plant, with concentration on water-wise, California native, and drought-tolerant plant materials.

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“The journey of a thousand miles, begins with a single step”. – Loa Tzu

Well over a year ago, our team set some lofty goals and we wrote them down with strong conviction. We wanted to become the landscape maintenance firm that did a little more than we had to, even needed to, as we are constantly striving to help make the jobs of our clients a little easier. The economy is moving forward at a steady pace, and we see the portfolios of the managers we work with, increase. We also see more opportunities with new-home development, as new homeowner associations have been set in place. This is a good thing, compared to years past, and we are grateful.

I have learned over the years, that it is one thing to sit down and create ...

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1225 E Wakeham,

Santa Ana, CA 92705

Phone. 714-571-0455

Fax. 714-571-0580

Email. info@earthcompany.org