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.
July 12, 2001 |
"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.
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.
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..