Grouping plants that have similar needs

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We love watching our clients landscaping mature. This beautiful design was a result of excellent care & perfect plant placement.

Varying the plants can produce an aesthetically pleasing appearance. Juxtaposing plants with contrasting textures or forms can create a fascinating pallet.

However, there are also practical reasons for grouping different plants together. You want to place plants with similar growing requirements together.

Grouping plants that have similar needs for sun, shade & water will cut back on maintenance. When plants share common ideal growing conditions, they will thrive.

Give us a call if you have any design needs. We’re here to help! (831) 465-0144

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The joy of fall prep and planning

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Fall is the perfect season to plant a wildflower garden. All you need is a sunny spot, seeds & some compost.
Getting your space ready by taking out weeds & grasses will ensure that your flowers thrive. Adding organic compost will give the soil more moisture retention.
Then your ready to scatter your seeds & gently rake them in. Spread another light layer of compost, pack it down & water.
Your hard work will produce beautiful results & will be well rewarded come spring!

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Prepping the soil

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Feeling the love this week at the Soquel Creek Water District office.
Thanks to all of those loyal CLCA members for volunteering their time.

Now with the soil prep completed, everything’s in place for a beautiful memorial garden to be planted this spring. Sure feels good to give back to our amazing community!

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Continuing to reduce our carbon footprint

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In our efforts to continue to reduce our carbon footprint, we have recently invested heavily in Stihl battery powered equipment. This move has been beneficial on many fronts.

It has made us stewards of the environment through a reduction in noise & air pollution. This beneficial change is also much more efficient, saving us money & time.

Our employees are enjoying the quiet sound as well as the reduction in vibrations. This is a common problem with 2 stroke engines which often result in arthritic joint & bones for many landscapers.

The light weight of the new equipment is also an added bonus. This makes them easier to move around & aids in injury reduction.

Making these changes often takes a leap of faith but usually once we’ve done it, we are grateful that we did.

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The Importance of Pruning

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Pruning is a crucial component in keeping your landscaping aesthetically pleasing. We consider it one of the primary components of our maintenance services because it effects the vitality of your plants & as such the health of your property.

Removing dead/browsing leaves, dead limbs & non essential growth is critical in promoting new growth & allows the plant to maintain its proper habitat.

Natural growth patterns is what we strive for – The plant should look like nature intended it to look. These results can only be achieved by care & attention.

Knowing how to prune correctly is important because improper trimming can drastically effect the health of the plant. Our crews are always familiar with proper pruning techniques because they have years of experience. They will know how to promote growth & keep your plants thriving.

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Your Irrigation specialist

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Prepping for an irrigation redo on this Branciforte estate.
Hours of trenching goes into this stage. It’s time consuming but is part of the process if you want the job done right.
The irrigation on this property is getting redone because it was installed incorrectly the first time. You always want to make sure to use an irrigation specialist when installing a new system.
Improper installation can cause all kinds of damage to your property. So, call the pros at Green and growing!

We’ll help you get summer ready 💦


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Our landscape installation division has resumed construction

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Hey everyone! We are very happy to announce that we will be resuming new construction per the counties most recent order. Our landscape installation division will be up & running as of May 3rd  and will be ready to tackle all of your landscaping needs.

Give us a call so we can help you with those projects that have been driving you crazy. We’ll get your property ready for the summer so you can really enjoy being outside.

Stay safe and healthy!


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Healthy distractions to help during times of uncertainty

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We all need healthy distractions to help us cope with our current anxiety. According to the American Institute of Stress, gardening can drastically reduce your stress levels. There are many reasons why but here are just a few.

Because gardening is a full body workout, it can decrease feelings of anxiety & depression through movement. It also burns calories, keeps joints flexible, builds strength & keeps your heart healthy by increasing your cardio.

Anytime outside is a great opportunity to fill up on vitamin D. An increase in your D levels are associated with a growth of calcium, increased immune system, a healthy heart & lungs & a decrease in cancer. Having a healthy body will make a difference in your overall response to stress.

Regardless of your skill level, gardening can be a proven stress buster. Your levels of cortisol can be reduced in 45 minutes through engaging in some form of creativity. Creating a relaxing space will give you a peaceful mind.

Mindfulness is a popular way of combating stress. Gardening allows you to be present in the moment & to focus on your breath. It’s an opportunity to smell the flowers, let the stress melt away & to simply exist.

So, spend some time outdoors & let all of life’s stress fade away. There will be plenty of gardening to do after all of the rains 🌱

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COVID-19 Update from Green & Growing

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Green & Growing Landscapes is doing what we feel is the responsible thing by suspending our services until April 10th.

Our offices are however always open to anyone that’s experiencing a landscaping emergency. We are also happy to schedule out any appointments to discuss your landscaping needs once operations return to normal.

We hope that you all stay safe & healthy 🌱

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Erosion Control

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Using plants as a blanket is a very cost effective solution to controlling erosion. We planted this Grevillea, “Scarlet Sprite” with jute netting as a preventative for this client.
Jute does not need pesticides or fertilizers to grow which makes it a sustainable alternative. It is also completely biodegradable & is a recyclable fiber.

Jute is also an efficient source of renewable material because it reaches maturity quickly. Thus making it a green alternative. After the plants grow in, the final stage will be covering the netting with mulch. The jute will eventually break down leaving the hillside protected.

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