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Dear Friends of Anderson's La Costa,

Happy September! Oh my goodness I didn't think it could get any hotter! We really do have a shift in seasons here in Southern California...our summer definitely arrives late. Hope you are all doing well and keeping some of your plants alive. Hopefully, you grabbed a ton of drought-tolerant natives this summer or past year to decrease your overall watering needs. It's never too late to make a change...

We are pleased to bring you our 20% Off Outdoor Tropical Plants sale which includes all Water Plants as well. We will also continue our in-stock Fountain Sale this month, too! We have a great selection of Campania, Fiori and Florence fountains in stock.

September Newsletter Specials

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In-Stock Fountains

Please read on for Steven's update in, "What's New at the Nursery." September Gardening Tips comes next. Then, Old Ben has a great overview about giving a little help to our feathered friends in the fall.

There are two things we can't wait for: 1. the heat to subside, and 2. to see you! Please come visit us soon.

Warmest regards,

Marc, Mariah, Steven, and the Team at Anderson's

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What's New at the Steven Froess

Greetings Everyone, 


As difficult as it is to comprehend, September is already upon us! Each year seems to go by faster and faster. The weather can always be difficult to predict this time of the year but it's sure starting out with a rather intense heat wave. Be sure to drink plenty of water and electrolytes and take breaks in the shade if you're out working in the yard. Personally, I just go out to work early in the morning and in the evening during these days. 

The main tasks I find myself doing in the garden this time of the year are pruning, weeding, and watering. Pruning of spent flower stalks, some of my fruiting trees, and shaping any shrubs that may have grown too much during the season (for example my Salvia clevelandii, Abutilon palmeri, and Artemesia californica).

Weeding is just second nature at this point. Whoever introduced crabgrass, kikuyu grass, and nutsedge should be punished (lol). Luckily most of my garden consists of California native or drought resistant plants (most of which are established), so I can give more thorough waterings in the evening or early morning and not very often. My vegetable garden and fruit trees need more attention, though, but for the amount I've been able to harvest this year it's been well worth it. 

The nursery is stocked with some great material. We are expecting a shipment of pottery early next week with a few new items on the shelves. The indoor plants are thriving even in this heat, or maybe because of the heat. Check out some unusual plants we have in stock such as Pleomele reflexa (song of India), Philodendron 'Silver sword', micans, 'Moonlight', and more.

Drought tolerant/resistant plants are an increasingly important category as our water supply dwindles. Be sure to check our expanding section of these plants as well as the cactus/succulent area, which is constantly getting resupplied. Plants I recommend include Grevilleas ('Moonlight', 'Coastal gem', 'Long jon', 'Superb')...

California natives such as Abutilon palmeri, Trichostema 'Midnight magic', Sphaeralcea (globe mallow), and Rhomneya coulteri (Matilija poppy), pictured below.

Others include Acacia 'Cousin it', Adenanthos 'Coral drift', Eucalyptus 'Moon lagoon', Leucophyllum 'Cimmaron' and Olea 'Skylark dwarf'. 

Our specialty plant section located under the shade cloth is full of all kinds of unusual/uncommon plants and caudiciforms. Check out the many types of Ficus, Dioscorea elephantipes, Monanthes polyphylla, Sedum multiceps, Matelea cyclophyllus, and more. 

Now that school is back in session and the summer crowds and visitors have started to vacate our beaches and towns, it doesn't feel quite as hectic. Eventually, the temperatures will start to drop and the days will get shorter, and it will finally feel like fall is upon us. Besides, there's football.

That's all for now. I hope you are able to stay cool and I hope to see you all at the nursery sometime soon!

Your local horticulturalist,


N E W S L E T T E R  |  S P E C I A L S


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September Gardening Tips

As we wrap up summer, the most important tip heading into the fall is to protect against wildfire. The wildfire season will soon be underway as the warm, dry Santa Ana winds will pick up from the east and replace any humid tropical days here in Southern California.

If you live in an area that is prone to wildfires, create defensible space around your home by pruning off dead tree limbs, cleaning your yard of brush and dead leaves, and cleaning leaves from the roof and gutter. Defensible space refers to the 50-100-foot area around a house or building where plants (and fuel) are trimmed, reduced, or cleared to slow the spread of wildfires.

To continue reading September Gardening Tips, click here.

From the Desk of

Old Ben...

"Feeding Wild Birds In The Fall"

Fall is a fantastic time to feed birds. Fall bird feeding tips can help you attract a wide variety of both resident birds and migrating birds to your backyard feeders.

Fall Bird Feeding Myths

The idea that if the birds have a steady source of food available in the fall, they won't migrate, and then when those feeders are empty the bird will starve is a total misconception. A reliable food source is only a minor factor that affects how birds migrate. Daylight levels, climate, and instinct play important roles in seasonal migration. Feeding birds in the fall does not prevent migration, but can help it. Migrating birds require lots of calories for the energy necessary to fly hundreds or thousands of miles. Feeders can provide an energy boost to passing migrants as well as help resident birds build up fat reserves for falling temperatures.

It is also a myth that there simply are not enough birds around to feed them in the fall. Bird feeders will still see plenty of activity. Your backyard flocks will change as some birds will leave and more northern birds will arrive. 

Why Feed Birds in The Fall

Fall is an ever-changing season and it can be a very rewarding time to feed birds. It's a great idea to always keep your feeders stocked in the fall for many reasons:

* It helps resident birds build fat reserves for energy

* Provides an easy food source for migrating birds passing through your neighborhood

* Offers supplemental food when natural food sources are depleted

* Helps birds imprint on the location of reliable food sources so they will return to the same place next year.

Best Fall Bird Foods

To give migrating birds the best nutrition and energy for their long journeys, provide foods with high oil content and lots of calories like Old Ben's Classic, No Mess, Special Finch Blend, Nyger, Peanuts and Hummingbird Foods

Tips for Feeding Fall Birds

There is more to feeding fall birds than just providing the right foods. By keeping your backyard safe and meeting birds' other needs, a fall flock will be healthy and active.

* Check feeders for damage and repair them so they are safe

* Choose fall plants that offer evergreen cover and lasting berries, nuts or fruits for fall and winter food.

* Keep bird baths filled with fresh clean water.

* Allow leaf litter to build up under trees and shrubbery to attract birds with insects, fallen seeds, and other foods.

* Protect exhausted backyard migrants from predators such as cats.

Feeding birds in the fall can be a rewarding way to enjoy the changing season. By following these few bird feeding and care tips, it is possible to attract a wide range of bird species and halp that they are fed throughout the season.

Please check out our full line of local bird seed and wild bird products at Anderson's La Costa Nursery, your North County supplier of Old Ben's Workshop and Wild Birdseed.

Anderson's La Costa Nursery

400 La Costa Ave. Encinitas, CA 92024

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