Using California Pepper Tree Leaves

Gardening Question From Kathleen: I’m testing my young orange tree with a ph tester, and noticed the soil is too far on the acidic side. I was wondering if the leaves fallen from my California pepper tree would help to balance the levels out?     Answer From Pat: Never dig anything into the soil […]

Pepper Trees

Gardening Question From Glennis: We are in escrow of a home in Banning, CA. There are what we believe to be two very large California Pepper trees lining either side of the driveway. I can direct you to the website that will show you the front of the house if you would be so kind […]

Columnar Aspen

Gardening Question From Barb: I have a group of columnar aspens in my yard and this year they have grown huge leaves at the very top.  The leaves are easily 5 times larger than the other leaves and have appeared only on the new growth.  The trees are bent over on the top due to […]

Shaping A Young CA Pepper Tree

Gardening Question From Sylvia: Hello, I have two single trunk trees around 40 ft away from each other…… I wanted multi trunks but they were not available. I was wondering how to shape the tree so that some of the lower branches can grow in a dramatic fashion. Do I pick a branch that I […]

New Zealand Christmas Tree

Gardening Question From Roz: I have bought each of your b ooks. I live in OceanHills Country club. I want to know when is the best time of year to prune Metro………New Zealand Xmas tree.l? I grow all my own vegs: I am English…what more can i say? Answer From Pat: New Zealand Christmas tree […]

Gold Medallion Tree

Gardening Question From Jack: I planted a 7 year old Gold Medallion tree 3 years ago its 10 years old 15′ tall 8-10′ around very healthy tree trunk 8″ in diameter beautiful tree. The problem is no blooms in 3 years the first year I planted it bloomed every year after none. Fertilizer. I was […]

Blue Chinese Wisteria Tree

Gardening Question from Linda: I love your website. I would like to purchase a Blue Chinese Wisteria Tree, I have a Bottle Brush Tree that has been planted by the city on the green belt in front of my house. I HATE this tree as it always gets in the plumbing. I wanted to replace […]

Brazilian Pepper Tree

Gardening Question from Nancy: Bouganvillia has invasive roots like the pepper tree – can it be planted near/under the pepper tree and survive.  pepper tree is on  neighbors’ bank and is killing the star white jasmine I have planted on my iron fence to serve as a green barrier between our houses. Answer from Pat: […]

Drought Tolerant Fast Growing Flowering Tree

Gardening Question from John: Hello Pat!  I bought a house on the top of a hill in Pasadena that has no trees on the west side of the property.  The sun blasts that side of the house in the afternoons and our temperatures can get up to 105 degrees.  Can you suggest a fast growing […]

White Birch Trees

Gardening Question from Rod: I hired a new gardener last week and have 4 beautiful tall multi trunk birch trees in the front yard.  He said they needed trimming so I said ok and found after that he had topped them all off leaving horizontal cuts at the top of the trees.  I didn’t think […]