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July 15, 1999
Robert Smaus is on vacation. Garden Jobs and his In the Garden column will return next Thursday.
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HOME & GARDEN
November 1, 2007
Autumn's short days and cool nights make this month ideal for planting just about anything in Southern California, be it bulbs or California natives. Prep the garden well now for glorious spring blooms and veggies, because soon it will be time to tuck it in for winter. For November's garden checklist, look for the "The Monthly Gardener" by Robert Smaus, available now through the rest of the month at latimes.com/home.
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HOME & GARDEN
August 16, 2007
JUST wanted to say thank you to Robert Smaus for his article that chronicled his family's life in Rancho Park through his gardening there ["Leaving a Memorable Landscape," Aug. 9]. Sorry to see him go, but as one who lived for a period in the Pacific Northwest, I know his new growing experiences there will be abundant. We'll miss his column in The Times, but we wish him well in his new home. Jean Wheeler Huntington Beach -- I wanted to thank you, Robert Smaus, for all the columns on gardening.
NEWS
May 20, 1999
In the Garden editor Robert Smaus is taking the day off. In the Garden and Around the Yard will return next Thursday.
REAL ESTATE
September 9, 1990
I note that Susan Peterson is wearing eye and ear protectors in the photo with "Water Wise," by Robert Smaus (Aug. 19). I wonder (unless she lives on a spacious ranch) if she also distributes ear protectors to her neighbors? Lawn movers! Edgers! Leaf blowers! Now mulchers! All sounding like jet planes landing! Help! JANICE K. MASLOW North Hollywood
MAGAZINE
January 21, 1990
I am sure I am one of many who appreciate "Mission Possible," by Robert Smaus (Nov. 12). It is articles like this that educate the public about drought-resistant landscaping. Thank you for all such articles in Los Angeles Times Magazine. ANGELA DUTRA, Huntington Beach
MAGAZINE
November 20, 1988
"The Shrinking Lawn," by Robert Smaus (Oct. 2), was excellent. With the need for water conservation, it's good to make people aware that there are many plants for landscaping that look good in a garden and require little water. MICHAEL L. STEMPEL Los Angeles
MAGAZINE
February 23, 1986
A garden journal ( "Keeping Up With the Plot," Jan. 19 ) is a good idea, but I hate to admit how many times . . . mine has been started and then forgotten. So I thought I'd send (Robert Smaus) some colored pencils along with a wish for good luck--may your journal be a delight. Marianne Wallace Monrovia
HOME & GARDEN
May 20, 2004
In "Greenskeeping 101" (May 6), Robert Smaus recommends Bermuda grass as one alternative in lawn planning. This advice might be ever so slightly irresponsible. Bermuda grass is a scourge that should be driven off the face of the earth. Anyone who blithely plants the stuff should have to dig it up by hand three years later. The roots go in every direction for yards, and as little as one-quarter inch of rhizome left in the ground will resprout and spread again. Serious gardeners vow that it is from the Devil and, indeed, it is called devil grass in some cultures.
HOME & GARDEN
March 25, 2004
Hip hip hooray for Robert Smaus. He is a legend in our house. When he retired his weekly column Our garden lives became quite solemn. The Times informs us that he's back To keep our garden chores on track. A monthly tip sheet we will read Just how and when to plant that seed. Blessings on our garden guru; He'll always be our earthly hero. Diana Anderson Los Angeles Letters should be addressed to the L.A. Times, Home section, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, or to home@latimes.
NEWS
July 12, 2001 | ROBERT SMAUS, TIMES GARDEN EDITOR
"Wow, there aren't any weeds in your garden," a friend observed the other day. I only wish. Most people look at my garden and see no weeds. I, on the other hand, often look at the very same garden and see only weeds. I'll be looking at some lovely plant and suddenly spot a weedy leaf poking out. Can I ignore it and continue sipping my iced tea? Of course not! I must get up from my comfortable chair, open the garage so I can get a trowel, and dig it out, roots and all.
NEWS
April 16, 2001
I have just finished reading "Eyes on the Skies" (April 5) by Robert Smaus. He certainly described the joys of birding in Southern California, but I was amazed to find that he missed mentioning our local El Dorado Park in Long Beach. I have viewed there great blue herons, great and snowy egrets, black phoebes, common yellowthroats, ruddy ducks and even our "resident" osprey soaring high above the nature center with a fish in its talons. All of this beautiful natural setting is surrounded by the urban development of Long Beach and western Orange County.
NEWS
May 11, 2000
Things to do this week: * Stage summer color. As spring-blooming annual flowers finish up, you can plant those that bloom in summer, such as ageratum, alyssum, amaranthus, balsam, celosia, bedding dahlia, annual dianthus, gloriosa daisy, golden fleece, lobelia, marigold, petunia, summer phlox, portulaca, bedding salvia, verbena and zinnia. In the shade, try bedding begonia, caladium, coleus, forget-me-not, mimulus, torenia, or plain old impatiens..
REAL ESTATE
December 24, 1989
Thank you for the article on Stephanie Lynn's Bel-Air garden "A Garden for the Birds--and Other Wildlife" by Robert Smaus (Nov. 19). How lovely to read of this woman's compassion for the neighboring creatures, and her non-chemical approach to gardening. One hopes her great success will prompt others to dispense with spraying, poisoning and other traditional methods in favor of more harmonious solutions. STEPHANIE HURTIK San Diego
HOME & GARDEN
November 1, 2007
Autumn's short days and cool nights make this month ideal for planting just about anything in Southern California, be it bulbs or California natives. Prep the garden well now for glorious spring blooms and veggies, because soon it will be time to tuck it in for winter. For November's garden checklist, look for the "The Monthly Gardener" by Robert Smaus, available now through the rest of the month at latimes.com/home.
NEWS
July 15, 1999
Robert Smaus is on vacation. Garden Jobs and his In the Garden column will return next Thursday.
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