Landscaping in Fremont, Ca
Landscaping for Fremont, Ca
Choosing landscape plants that perform well in your climate and microclimate is the single most important way to prevent plant decline and loss. Making the right selections can save water, time, and other resources in the long run. A plant's performance is governed by the total climate: length of growing season, timing and amount of rainfall, winter lows, summer highs, wind, and humidity.
The climate in Fremont features mild, wet, almost frostless winters and cool summers with fog or wind. Some heat-loving plants (citrus, hibiscus, gardenia) don’t get enough heat to fruit or flower reliably. In a 20-year period, the lowest winter temperatures ranged from 36 to 23°F (2 to –5°C). The lowest temperatures on record range from 30 to 20°F (–1 to –7°C). Of further interest in this heat-starved climate are the highs of summer, normally in the 60 to 75°F (16 to 24°C) range. The average highest temperature is only 97°F (36°C). In all the other adjacent climate zones, average highest temperatures are in the 104 to 116°F (40 to 47°C) range.
Trends we have noticed
Organic gardening in Fremont
People have been growing vegetables for centuries, but gardening is something that is slowly becoming more popular, particularly among the younger generation. People can be amateur farmers and get all of the benefits that come with growing their own food. Those who don’t have the space for a traditional garden have been creating compact planters that utilize their window space or outdoor patios and decks. They're not shy about adding flowers to their edible garden! There’s no reason you can’t add the beauty of flowers to an otherwise practical garden. You can also install plants like violets and daffodils, which attract butterflies, and yarrow and hyssop to attract bees. And a bird bath (birds prefer shallow water) can bring the birds in.
Mulching in Fremont
Another trend we have noticed is mulch. Because of the drought more and more home owners are turning to mulch in Fremont, Ca to lower their water bill. Apply 3 to 4 inches of mulch (e.g., wood chips, straw) on the top of soil around your landscape plants. Be sure to keep mulch at least 1 foot away from tree trunks to avoid causing wet crowns, which are subject to disease-forming pathogens. Mulch reduces soil evaporation, controls weeds, reduces erosion, buffers soil temperature, reduces compaction, and prevents bark damage on trees from string trimmers and lawnmowers. It is important to recognize that organic mulches decompose over time and need to be supplemented regularly to remain effective. While inorganic materials (e.g., rocks, pebbles, landscape fabrics, shredded tires) do not need to be replaced often due to decomposition, they are frequently more expensive and provide no benefits to soil health.
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Gravel in Fremont
Lastly we've noticed homeowners have been using a lot of gravel. What's the point of a well-maintained yard if trying to get around it means trampling the marigolds and leaving your paw prints in the perfectly clipped lawn? The best landscapes guide amblers with paths—well-defined ribbons that say, "Hey, go this way," and, gently, "Keep off the grass." Gravel paths are easy to construct because they aren't set very deep. You only have to dig down a few inches to make room for the pebbles—even in cold-weather climates. Because the tiny stones move fluidly, winter's freezes and thaws won't heave and crack the surface in the same way they would with a rigid material like stones or pavers. Not only that, a gravel path can take on many shapes. "You can make a twisty, curvy, organic walk," says Roger Cook, This Old House landscape contractor. "And you don't have to worry about cutting the stones."
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