March 1, 2011

According to John: Tough Love for Trees

TOUGH LOVE  IS BEST FOR HEALTHY, WELL BEHAVED TREES There is a lot of confusion and misinformation, when planting trees, regarding backfilling the planting hole with compost or other loose, rich, wood based planting mediums. Be tough, don’t do it. Planting holes should be backfilled with the same soil taken ...

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February 28, 2011

What is the shelf life?

Question: What is the shelf life of your products after they are opened, or not opened? Thanks, Dale. Answer: Dale, the products have excellent shelf life, but there is some variation from product to product. 1. OPTIMIZE will last the rest of our lives opened or unopened. 2. MAXIMIZE is ...

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February 15, 2011

According to John: The myth of gypsum to improve your soil

During my travels around the country, visiting retail nurseries, I have been surprised at the lack of products offered that genuinely improve soil. Many times, nursery personnel indicate to me that they recommend and sell gypsum to customers that want a solution for hard, terrible soil. Gypsum is a very ...

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February 10, 2011

Truxell Garden

[caption id="attachment_690" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Featured in Sunset Magazine in February of 1997 as one of the winners of Sunset Magazine's 1997 Design Competition. Also has appeared in other Sunset publications.[/caption]

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February 8, 2011

Truxell Garden

Featured in Sunset Magazine in June of 1990 for its absence of a front lawn and general water conserving features

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January 31, 2011

According to John: Gardens are for People

John and Bob are huge proponents of gardening and gardens to make our lives better. Historically, no one advocated that sentiment better than well known landscape architect Thomas Church. He is best known for his focus on residential gardens which earned him widespread credit for being the creator of the ...

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January 10, 2011

Welcome to “According to John”

Hello fellow gardeners, landscapers and plant lovers of all kinds! I will be posting informative articles to this blog twice a month on a wide range of topics taken from my vast experience working with soil and plants. If you have an idea for a topic that you would like ...

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January 10, 2011

Role of Hydrophobic Components of Soil Organic Matter in Soil Aggregate Stability [PDF]

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January 10, 2011

Use of Humic Substances as Soil Conditioners to Increase Aggregate Stability

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January 10, 2011

Effects of Coal-Derived Substances on Water Retention and Structural Stability of Mediterranean Soils

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January 9, 2011

Dry Mycelium of Penicillium

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