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Drought: What does it mean for my property?

We as Californians are resilient, resourceful and need to be respectful of our land and all that it gives us. I believe most Californians take seriously the privilege and obligation to keep our great state beautiful and healthy.

When we purchase a home, we buy into a neighborhood, and we have an obligation to beautify our homes and gardens for ourselves and the community.

Research has shown that Californians overwater their gardens by 25% or more. So, what does that mean to you as a homeowner?  As a top landscape contractor in Orange County, Prunin Arboriculture and Landscapes, has spent the last couple of years educating homeowners on how they can have the yard and garden they love (and keep their neighborhood beautiful) while reducing the water they use.

When I see billboards, slogans and mailers from our local water municipalities that say, “brown is the new green” it has the feeling of giving up and letting everything die. Californians never give up, so why start now?  California has been through many hardships and will always rise to the occasion that best serves the state. We live in one of the most beautiful states in the country and we have a responsibility to keep it that way while being reasonable with its resources.

Here at Prunin Arboriculture and Landscapes we don’t believe that giving up and accepting that “brown is the new green” is how we deal with the stewardship of our state. As a responsible landscape contractor, arborist and Californian, I would like you to know that is doesn’t have to be that way.

Our team at Prunin Arboriculture and Landscapes has pulled all of our resources together to give California options:

  • Home consultations/evaluation for water-wise landscaping/gardening
  • Landscape design services
  • New irrigation systems and irrigation maintenance plans to lower water usage
  • A large selection of beautiful, blooming plants that are drought tolerant for homeowners to choose from to upgrade their landscape
  • E-Newsletter tips for landscaping/gardening responsibly

I hope this summer you’ll allow Prunin Arboriculture and Landscapes to show you how brown is not the new green, but planting, watering, and gardening responsibly is.

If you would like more information on drought tolerant landscaping please contact Prunin at: Info@Prunin.com or 714-236-9887, or visit our website at: www.Prunin.com


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Preparing for Santa Ana Winds

Now is the time to start preparing for the ‘Santa Ana Winds’, which typically blow late September through mid-December. Safeguard your home against the danger of falling branches and debris from your trees, be aware of wildfire dangers, make sure you have plenty of clearance around your home and be aware of evacuation plans if you live in fire prone areas.

Being proactive this time of year can save you time, money and heart ache. Have a visual ‘Tree Inspection’ to spot actual or potential hazards and recommend any hazard control measures that may need to be taken.

Then, for example, we can prune any heavy branches that are directly over your house, driveways, garage, fences, play areas, walkways, picnic tables, or any other potential problem areas. This is especially important if the branches or trunks show any signs of disease, insect infestation, decay or other physical damage (perhaps from vehicles, lawnmowers or storm damage). Or if there is significant damage to a tree we can inform you of your options.

Keeping your trees pruned and free of any unwanted debris is the first step to keeping your home and family safe during the ‘Santa Ana Winds’.

The second step is making sure your property is clear of any dry brush near your home if you live in fire prone areas. California has been hit hard by the lack of rain and our ground is extra dry this year. The vegetation around homes and properties has become kindling to fire and it is urgent to make sure that your property has the proper clearance to maintain fire safety as we head into the ‘Santa Ana Wind’ season.

Third, the U.S. Forest Service unveiled a website, http://www.santaanawildfirethreat.com for the Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index, which it developed with meteorologist at San Diego Gas & Electric, UCLA researchers and the Desert Research Institute, which is the environmental research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education. The public now has access to the same daily predictions of wildfire danger that fire agencies have used for years, allowing residents to safeguard their homes.

The index rates how likely Santa Ana winds are on a particular day to rapidly spread a fire based on wind speed, humidity and moisture in plants and trees. The color-coded ratings are none (gray), marginal (yellow), moderate (orange), high (red) and extreme (purple).

With the new system, visitors to santaanawildfirethreat.com can click on one of four regions: Orange-Inland Empire, L.A.-Ventura, San Diego and Santa Barbara – and view the threat level for that day, as well as a five-day forecast.

Clicking on the region will reveal icons for weather stations. Clicking on a station will provide visitors with air temperature, wind speed and direction, humidity and elevation for that area.

Now is the time to get prepared before it’s too late. It’s just a matter of time before the first of many strong ‘Santa Ana Wind’ storms will hit the area. The health of your trees is essential to keeping your home, your property, family and pets safe year around.

Don’t get blown away by the Santa Ana’s! Take the first step and call Prunin Arboriculture and Landscapes for your FREE tree evaluation.

714.236.9887 | Info@Prunin.com | http://www.Prunin.com


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Prunin Arboriculture and Landscapes Receives ‘AAA’ Rating

Prunin Arboriculture and Landscapes is honored to have been given a rating of ‘AAA’ by Business Ratings, LLC.

This signifies that Prunin Arboriculture and Landscapes has had no complaints filed against our business. We are very proud of this fact as customer satisfaction is always job number one with Prunin!

As a licensed, bonded and insured arboriculture, landscape and maintenance contractor, Prunin offers a myriad of new installation services. Our installations are performed only utilizing the top quality product and supplies. Prunin Arboriculture and Landscapes takes great pride in providing product installations that will last. Meeting and exceeding the needs of our customers is always our top priority!

Whether you need: landscape installation in Huntington Beach, tree trimming in Laguna Beach, custom hardscape in Coto, tree removal in Irvine, pavers in Portola Hills or property maintenance in Mission Viejo the experts at Prunin guarantee your satisfaction. We serve customers throughout Orange County, South Los Angeles County and Riverside County.

Contact Prunin Arboriculture and Landscapes today for more information on how we can assist you!
Phone: 714-236-9887 | Email: Info@Prunin.com | Website: http://www.Prunin.com


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How to Change Hydrangea Color

The secret to changing the hue of these popular blooms.

Hydrangeas are wonderful performers in the garden. Even better, they are the mood ring of plants, apt to change color depending upon soil conditions. Here we’ll tell you how to change the color of the flowers, if you want a different palette in your garden.

How to Change Hydrangea Color:

Unlike most flowers, lacecap and mophead hydrangeas (H. macrophyllas) can change colors. Eighteenth-century gardeners were the first to notice this, and experimented by burying rusty nails, pouring tea or even chanting spells around their plants.

But it’s the pH of the soil that determines flower color—specifically, whether or not the hydrangeas are taking up aluminum from the soil. If the flowers are pink, the plant is getting aluminum. If they’re blue, it isn’t. You can control the color by altering the pH.

Start by using a purchased soil test kit to find your pH. You can also send a soil sample to many county extension services for testing; Check with your local office to see if they offer this service.

Generally speaking, acidic soil, with a pH lower than 6.0, yields blue or lavender-blue hydrangea blooms. Alkaline soil, with a pH above 7.0, promotes pinks and reds. With a pH between 6 and 7, the blooms turn purple or bluish-pink.

To lower your pH, add garden sulfur or aluminum sulfate to your soil. To raise the pH, use ground lime. Follow the directions on the product you use, and retest your soil to make sure the pH is in the range you want.

You may have to reapply the garden sulfur or lime several times, and it may take several months for a change to occur. Don’t be disappointed if the color stays the same. Some selections resist changing, and white hydrangeas tend to remain white.
And don’t be surprised if the hydrangea you bought in a foil-wrapped pot changes color when you plant it outside. Remember: the pH of the soil determines the bloom color.

If you would like for information about setting up a garden, landscaping or other projects around your yard please contact Prunin Arboriculture and Landscapes. Website: http://www.Prunin.com Email: Info@Prunin.com Telephone: 714-236-9887


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2014 Best of Cerritos Awarded to Prunin Arboriculture and Landscapes

Prunin Arboriculture and Landscapes, Inc. received the, 2014 Best of Cerritos Award!

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Cerritos Award Program Honors the Achievement of Prunin Arboriculture and Landscapes, Inc. for their outstanding work in our community and Shrub Services!

 

CERRITOS June 11, 2014 — Prunin Arboriculture and Landscapes, Inc. has been selected for the 2014 Best of Cerritos Award in the Shrub Services category by the Cerritos Award Program.

Each year, the Cerritos Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing, service and success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Cerritos area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 Cerritos Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Cerritos Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Cerritos Award Program

The Cerritos Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Cerritos area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Cerritos Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

 


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2014 Best of Mission Viejo Awarded to Prunin Arboriculture and Landscapes

Prunin Arboriculture & Landscapes received the, ‘2014 Best of Mission Viejo Award’!

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Mission Viejo Award Program honors the achievement of Prunin Arboriculture & Landscapes.

MISSION VIEJO June 6, 2014 — Prunin Arboriculture & Landscapes has been selected for the 2014 Best of Mission Viejo Award in the Tree Service category by the Mission Viejo Award Program.

Each year, the Mission Viejo Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing, service and success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Mission Viejo area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 Mission Viejo Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Mission Viejo Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Mission Viejo Award Program

The Mission Viejo Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Mission Viejo area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Mission Viejo Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.