Garden Gorgeous
June, 2012 - Issue #92
This month, learn how plant drought-resistant plants, get your pool pretty and more!

The Grass is Greener on your Side
With water supplies diminishing and the push to "Go Green," installing synthetic turf is an increasingly popular decision. From eliminating the use of water, to 365 days of year-round beauty, the rewards of turf are attractive on the pocketbook and on the eye. Clever install spots include front or back yards, dog runs, athletic fields, kids' play yards and putting greens. Never mow, water or fertilize again - and take advantage of water-saving rebates, too. Custom Turf Scapes (510-5778) specializes in synthetic turf and is known for getting the look - and the price - right.

Make your Pool Shine Again
The water may be clean, but if your pool looks dirty and dingy, you and your guests aren't going to feel inspired to take a dip. Now is the time to remove scale, hard-water stains, calcium and salt from pool tile and other surfaces. Don't go with just any removal system, though. Some companies use harsh chemicals, which are bad for you and the environment. Pool Tile Saver (510-5778) drains only a minimum amount of water, never uses harsh chemicals or acid and can even fix cracked or broken tiles, too.

Plant Water-smart Shrubs & Natives
The Castaic Lake Water Agency offers monthly landscaping classes. The next, held on June 9 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., will focus on shrubs and native plants for your SCV landscape. The Castaic Lake Water Agency is located on the hill above Central Park in Santa Clarita. E-mail for more information.

Patio Furniture Know How
Did you know...
That Hanamint Furniture offers extension tables that seat up to 10 people?
That O.W. Lee Furniture is made in the USA and offers a 20-year warranty on the frame?

That umbrellas can be custom ordered in nearly any design and fabric, including market-style and Sunbrella fabric?

Green Thumb International (259-1071) carries an extensive line of top-quality exterior furniture and accessories?

What Patio Furniture Material is Right for You?
Aluminum doesn't rust and cleans up easily with soapy water. This virtually indestructible material is even more advantageous when you select cast-aluminum over tubular construction. This heavier build stands up much better to our windy climate.

Iron has plenty of heft; iron furniture rarely budges even in the most extreme local weather conditions. Plus, it's hard to beat iron when it comes to attractive craftsmanship.

Quality all-weather wicker is constructed of UV-resistant, solid-color resin that will not fade or corrode. When wrapped around an aluminum frame (versus a steel frame), the longevity is enhanced because there won't be rust seeping between the weave.
Order the exact material, color and fabric you want at Oasis Garden & Patio (255-9909).

The bonus of shopping local is top-notch service and free delivery to residents of the SCV.
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