LivingMalibu.com » Gardens http://www.livingmalibu.com Malibu Real Estate-Malibu Homes For Sale Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:51:46 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.2 Garden Ideas For Your Malibu Home http://www.livingmalibu.com/garden-ideas-for-your-malibu-home/ http://www.livingmalibu.com/garden-ideas-for-your-malibu-home/#comments Sat, 01 Dec 2012 02:30:43 +0000 ritasimpson http://www.livingmalibu.com/?p=2535

There is no better way to experience a place than walking through the garden. Making it an unforgettable experience is what you get when you hire someone like Madison Cox. I thought it very relevant to the new Malibu homeowner. Gleam some tips for making the garden in your Malibu home a cut above the ...]]>

There is no better way to experience a place than walking through the garden. Making it an unforgettable experience is what you get when you hire someone like Madison Cox. I thought it very relevant to the new Malibu homeowner. Gleam some tips for making the garden in your Malibu home a cut above the grade.

FOR THE PAST 25 YEARS, he has created hundreds of acres of enchanting gardens for dozens of clients in 10 countries, but his public profile is next to zero: no Google trove of press mentions; no Wikipedia entry; no Twitter trail; no Facebook friends. On the Madison Cox Design Web site, you’ll find a street address, an e-mail address and a single image of an understated formal garden. No bio, no client list, no florid prose.

This 54-year-old American garden designer is a legend in the making—often compared to the late, great British landscapist Russell Page—but you won’t hear that from him. Unlike most high-end architects, decorators and garden designers, Cox would rather be shipwrecked than become a household name. He is known for creating rarely seen, never-photographed landscapes for some of the most publicity-averse clients in the world. (Convincing Cox to participate in this article took three years of persistent persuasion on the part of this magazine—and by me, a close friend for more than 30 years.)

Photos: The Green Party

Photography by Oberto GiliClick to view slideshow

What differentiates Cox within the highly competitive world of landscaping is his individual approach to individual sites. He does not apply a single theme or a homogeneous look to his various projects. From rigorously sculpted grounds to profusely flowering rustic settings, he bends his personal tastes to those of his clients. He might not choose flamboyant roses or cube-shaped metal pots for his own gardens, but if a client has a strong preference for such embellishments, he’ll find a graceful way to make them work. “I’m in the service industry,” he says. “People come to me for a whole slew of reasons— they all have a goal in mind; my goal is help them achieve it.”

Cox is discreet and modest, and he’s also extremely disciplined and nonconformist: He owns 5,000 books but no TV; orders the same Anderson & Sheppard jacket every year; prefers living in small houses and apartments; and he’s never in the same city or countryside for more than five consecutive days. The man whom Marella Agnelli and Henry and Marie-Josée Kravis have chosen to design their outdoor spaces is a gifted maverick who spent his formative years engaged in unorthodox pursuits until he found his calling.

“Cox dislikes plantings that are too clever or too obvious—elements that call attention to a style rather than a place. He believes that gardens should look “inevitable.””

Cox grew up in San Francisco and Marin County, nurtured by what he calls a “bohemian patrician” family, surrounded by the redwood forest, the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay. His father was a sea captain, an imposing character who had, according to Cox, “an enormous influence on me. He is responsible for my travel-lust—for my desire to explore and discover the world.” Various other culturally curious family members steered the young Cox toward literature and art. When he was 12, a godmother introduced him to some of the cultural wonders of Southern California, like the Getty Museum, the Huntington Library and the jewelry and set designer Tony Duquette.

In 1976, Cox’s uncle, the late artist David Ireland, mentioned a job was available helping Christo install the 24-mile-long Running Fence across the hills of Sonoma and Marin Counties. Christo wrote Cox a letter of recommendation to the Parsons School of Design in New York, where he enrolled in 1977. A year later, he transferred to Parsons’s Paris branch and met one of the most celebrated fashion designers of the time, Yves Saint Laurent, and his business partner, Pierre Bergé (who eventually became Cox’s lover). The two introduced Cox to their circle of worldly, creative friends, including Loulou and Maxime de la Falaise, Gabrielle Van Zuylen, Paloma Picasso, Catherine Deneuve, the Lalannes and Andy Warhol. The charming, handsome design student from California made a sparkling first impression; his proclivities for art, classical music and French cuisine endeared him further to this multi-cultured jet set.

During the 12 years he lived in Paris, he accompanied the peripatetic YSL clan—and the likes of Betty and Francois Catroux, Jacques Grange, Robert Wilson and Mattia Bonetti—to the finest museums, auction houses, private islands, villas, gardens and costume balls, a lifestyle that helped shape Cox’s burgeoning aesthetic. His was the ultimate postgraduate experience, with a startlingly diverse, privi- leged curriculum.

In 1984, armed with a BFA in environmental design and some hands-on experience assisting a French gardener, Cox was asked to create a spring garden for the Franco-American Museum at the 17th-century Château de Blérancourt. (The institution celebrates and promotes Franco-American arts collaborations.) During his Paris years, he also designed sets and costumes for a production of Rigoletto in Spoleto, in Italy, and was the first American to design a garden for the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show in London.

In 1989, Cox moved back to New York to work on his first major private commission in the U.S.: artist Jennifer Bartlett’s three-level roof garden in Greenwich Village. Forty-two tons of soil were carried up three flights of stairs to create Bartlett’s 2,500-square-foot “country in the city,” planted with a lawn, an evergreen maze, a grape arbor, an apple orchard and a rose garden. The project seemed impossibly complicated on paper, but it evolved into a peaceful roof-scape that looked as though it had been there for decades. Like many of Cox’s exteriors—even the newest ones—the space was laboriously planned but looked seasoned and natural.

“”Good gardens demand a lot of research and patience. Along the way there will be amendments, detours and, sometimes, reversals. There’s no such thing as a beautiful ‘instant’ garden.””

Today, as he works across continents, with offices in New York and Morocco, his clients include arts patrons, industrialists and philanthropists, including Sting and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. More than half of Cox’s clients are knowledgeable, confident gardeners themselves, who understand that high-end garden design entails a lifetime commitment. They don’t want a landscape that looks anything like anyone else’s. Cox maintains that each fine garden “involves a particular point of view. All good gardens demand a lot of research and patience. Along the way, there will be amendments, detours and, sometimes, reversals. There is no such thing as a beautiful ‘instant’ garden. The best ones come together when there is real communication between a designer and a client. It’s about trust, and it builds over time. I’ve collaborated with many of my clients for more than 15 years: One can develop a wonderful complicity getting to know each other season after season after season.”

Marella Agnelli, the widow of former Fiat chairman Gianni Agnelli, is one of the complicit. Some consider her Marrakech property, Ain Kassimou, the world’s finest private garden of recent vintage. The nearly 30-acre property was formerly a horse farm and polo grounds belonging to the Hermès family. When Agnelli bought it in 2007, it was in shambles, an underwhelming expanse of parched grass and tattered palm and olive trees. Now, her poetic grounds are geometrically organized. The two devised a logical, fluid network of trellised paths, lawns, flower and vegetable beds, allées, pools, ponds and cutting gardens. There’s not a false or out-of-place note in this symphony of climbing vines, gurgling rills, fragrant blossoms and swirling, chirping birds.

On a grander scale, Anne Bass’s compound in Connecticut is an example of what Cox can do with a thousand-acre property. Bass is an accomplished gardener herself who can identify all 140 varieties in the rose garden Cox created for her by their Latin names, along with every other plant in her gardens. She had previously worked with two icons of the gardening world—Russell Page on her Texas property and the late modernist Dan Kiley on the initial layout of her Connecticut property—before turning to Cox. “Madison and I traveled together looking at gardens in Provence and Normandy,” Bass says. “We were on the same page almost always. Madison is a plants- man as well as a designer—something rather rare. We spent hours going over plant catalogs.”

The philanthropist Kravis has worked with Cox for more than 10 years on gardens in New York and Europe. “Madison has exquisite taste,” she says. “But it’s not just his sense of aesthetics that I appreciate. He knows about botany. He knows about the life of plants. He does research. He’s practical and open to ideas. I have never once seen him flustered or panicked. Beyond this, he’s a delightful person to be with. He has a good sense of humor.”

“”I’ve learned many things from my friends and clients,” says Cox. “But the most important is to slow down, watch and wait.””

Majestic gardens that embrace inventive simplicity are rare in America—the land of trophy lawns, gargantuan swimming pools and paths and beds crammed with easy-care shrubs and flowers. Because Cox favors techniques and plantings gleaned from many epochs, cultures and movements, he has a bigger, more flexible design vocabulary than garden designers known specifically for their modernist, French-formal or romantic English leanings—Cox likes it all. But he dislikes plans and plantings that, he says, “are too clever or too obvious”—elements that call attention to a style, rather than a place. Like Page, he believes a garden should look “inevitable.”

Cox prefers generous stone platforms and terraces loaded with lushly planted, overscaled pots in traditional shapes and materials. He chooses plants and trees that are appropriate to their regions, but sites and groups them in surprising, abundant patterns. For a small project in New York’s Hudson Valley, he camouflaged a house’s exterior by installing a grove of 32 quaking aspen trees in a sort of random, scattered pattern—a few here, a few more there, five or six on either side of the structure. At his bungalow in Marrakech, Cox interspersed a thicket of spiky bamboo with a big curvy-leafed fig tree. He loves plain, natural elements, and he doesn’t do the manicured-to-death look. He likes neat but not tortured clip jobs. He’s fond of square pools and ponds and trellised walkways leading from one garden area to another. He goes for color, but not a riot of color all at once.

Even the green spaces he’s designed for leading boutique hoteliers—Ian Schrager’s Delano in Miami, Gramercy Park in New York, the Mondrian in Los Angeles and London’s St. Martins Lane and the Sanderson; and André Balazs’s Standard in Miami—emphasize rigorous, graceful scale, precise color schemes and edited plantings over flash-in-the-pan effects.

There’s no truer evidence of talent and style than a designer’s own residence. It’s where designers get to experiment and do exactly as they please. Cox’s Moroccan cliff-top house and garden, located in a quiet rural area of Tangier, is a surprising combination of modest and spectacular. The two-bedroom house is small, but the garden unfurls like an endless, meandering ribbon. A half-mile in length, it follows the rocky, deserted cliffs that descend dramatically to the Strait of Gibraltar, where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. Like most of his commissioned landscapes, his own garden reveals itself in stages, and on many elevations. It’s not a plant collector’s paradise, but a place of simple lines and generous plantings. It’s simultaneously disciplined and romantic.

Sited precariously on the edge of a 650-foot vertical drop, some of the property’s retaining walls, which were installed when Cox bought the house nine years ago, are crumbling. He loses a big, old eucalyptus or pine tree every couple of years, and the library—which looks ancient but was built from scratch five years ago—has a long crack down the middle of the floor. Paradise has its price.

As you descend the stone paths and steps that lead down from a wide stone terrace, you discover hundreds of large, plain terra-cotta pots packed with acanthus, fuchsia and scented geraniums; a small lawn wreathed in agapanthus, Echium and wild delphinium; an allée of ancient cyprus, plateaus with fig and apricot trees, rose and hydrangea; several levels of vegetables; irrigation ponds; a tiny guest house; and, at the farthest end, a mini farm with chickens and turkeys. From every angle the Strait is in full view—nothing but turquoise and navy-blue water and raw cliffs. On a clear day, you can see the coast of Spain.

Cliff House has been Cox’s primary residence and refuge for the last eight years—a quiet place to sleep, read, draw, listen to music and watch nature. Over the course of 20 years of biweekly trips to Morocco, he has embraced the country’s natural beauty, turbulent history and rich, sensual culture. He first came to North Africa with Saint Laurent and Bergé in the 1979 and has worked for more than 15 years restoring and maintaining their public and private gardens.

Cox settled on Tangier as his home base because he loves the city’s jagged coastline; the rolling hills that remind him of San Francisco; the medieval medina; and the mix of eccentric, international residents, including antiques expert Christopher Gibbs, artist Yto Barrada and Morocco’s King Mohammed VI, who owns a huge spread across the street. However stunning and gracious the setting, Cliff House is more suited to long, intimate lunches than to dinners for a dozen guests. “I dislike outdoor lighting,” Cox says, “and you can’t have people outside stumbling around in the dark.”

Three years ago, Cox became the vice president of the nonprofit Foundation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, and its subsidiary, the Fondation Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech; it oversees the six-acre public and private Majorelle compound, where Bergé still resides. Cox directs 75 employees who work in the gardens, a café, a wonderfully stocked gift boutique, a bookshop and, as of last year, Morocco’s first Berber Museum. Cox also serves on the board of the American School in Marrakech and started a program for the Aangan Trust in Mumbai, India, that teaches at-risk children how to garden. Because of his whiplash schedule, with regular meetings in Paris, Marrakech, New York and Mumbai, Tangier is, alas, the place he spends the least amount of time.

“I’m fine with that for now,” he says. “Cliff House has grounded me; it’s given me a spiritual base, even if I am only here for just a day or a weekend. I’ve learned many things from my friends and clients, but the most important is to slow down, watch and wait. This is the place for the rest of my life. It’s my forever house that won’t last forever.”

Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324894104578115393668183954.html#ixzz2DlMlNXUf

 

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Add Warmth To Your Malibu Garden http://www.livingmalibu.com/add-warmth-to-your-malibu-garden/ http://www.livingmalibu.com/add-warmth-to-your-malibu-garden/#comments Wed, 21 Nov 2012 23:10:33 +0000 ritasimpson http://www.livingmalibu.com/?p=2503

Gather around a firepit wall

Overlapping panels of ipe wood and colored concrete flank the firepit could grace your Malibu home. Stone veneer forms a chimneylike background for the flames, creating a classic focal point for this true outdoor living room.

Plant living torches. Golden flower plumes of Miscanthus sinensis shimmer and sway over grassy leaves.

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Gather around a firepit wall

Overlapping panels of ipe wood and colored concrete flank the firepit could grace your Malibu home. Stone veneer forms a chimneylike background for the flames, creating a classic focal point for this true outdoor living room.

Plant living torches. Golden flower plumes of Miscanthus sinensis shimmer and sway over grassy leaves.

Add shadow casters. Small well lights positioned close to the dark walls create contrasting pools of warm light.

Light open flames. A firepit fueled by natural gas is the patio’s irresistible centerpiece.

Design: Kate Stickley and Natasha Libina, Arterra Landscape Architects, San Francisco (arterrallp.com)

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Tips For Using The Landscape For Your Malibu Home Energy Efficiency Plan http://www.livingmalibu.com/tips-for-using-the-landscape-for-your-malibu-home-energy-efficiency-plan/ http://www.livingmalibu.com/tips-for-using-the-landscape-for-your-malibu-home-energy-efficiency-plan/#comments Tue, 06 Nov 2012 16:53:04 +0000 ritasimpson http://www.livingmalibu.com/?p=2485

Use these tips for your Malibu Home. While homeowners can take low-cost steps to make the inside of their homes better insulated and therefore more energy efficient, the landscape isn’t often seen as a part of the problem… or the solution. Basic green technologies like smart tree placement and green roofs and walls can be ...]]>

Use these tips for your Malibu Home. While homeowners can take low-cost steps to make the inside of their homes better insulated and therefore more energy efficient, the landscape isn’t often seen as a part of the problem… or the solution. Basic green technologies like smart tree placement and green roofs and walls can be used to dramatically reduce energy usage inside homes. If placed strategically, trees can reduce summertime cooling energy needs by 7-47 percent and wintertime heating needs by 2-8 percent.

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What Plants To Save And Which To Plant In a Drought Area http://www.livingmalibu.com/what-plants-to-save-and-which-to-plant-in-a-drought-area/ http://www.livingmalibu.com/what-plants-to-save-and-which-to-plant-in-a-drought-area/#comments Fri, 17 Aug 2012 23:08:51 +0000 ritasimpson http://www.livingmalibu.com/?p=2181

Here are 5 Plants You (Almost) Never Have to Water and would work beautifully in a Malibu garden:

Not every plant is a big drinker; some can get along with only a few sips. Here are 5 drought-resistant plants that won’t break your water budget.

Susan Gottlieb, an expert on drought-tolerant gardens, says native plants have the ...]]>

Here are 5 Plants You (Almost) Never Have to Water and would work beautifully in a Malibu garden:

Not every plant is a big drinker; some can get along with only a few sips. Here are 5 drought-resistant plants that won’t break your water budget.

Susan Gottlieb, an expert on drought-tolerant gardens, says native plants have the best chance of surviving dry summers or whatever nature throws at them.

“Natives have evolved to thrive in your climate without a whole lot of extra work,” Gottlieb says.

Include these 5 stunners in your landscaping and retire your watering can.

1. California lilac (Ceanothus): This beautiful shrub flowers in late winter/early spring, emits a lovely fragrance, and shows flowers that run from white to purple. The “Concha” variety is prized for its deep blue blossoms. California lilacs grow best on dry, sloping land or in front of any structure that protects them from wind. They also prefer well-drained soil, and they don’t do well in clay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Deer grass (Muhlenbergia rigens): Found in many desert gardens, deer grass is a spiky and dependable ornamental. It loves full sun, but also will grow in a little shade. Water every three days until established. After the first year, water only every three weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

3. Salvia, heatwave series: These dependable perennials were developed in Australia to withstand extreme weather. As a bonus, they bloom spring through fall, to the delight of hummingbirds and butterflies. Colors include white, pink, and salmon.

 

 

 

 

 

4. Dusty miller (Senecio cineraria): This low-growing perennial is known for its silver-gray foliage, looks good as a ground cover, and thrives in containers stuffed with annuals. It hates standing around with wet roots, so plant it in soil that drains well.

 

 

 

 

 

5. Tickweed (Coreopsis): These yellow perennials add a burst of sunshine to any garden or border. More than 100 species are long-blooming (so long as you deadhead) and low-maintenance. They range from long and leggy to small and mounded. Also, they are easy to divide, creating many more plants season after season.

 

 

 

 

 

But if you find you are having to choose what to water and what to let go in the garden here are some tips:

High heat and drought present home owners with a Sophie’s Choice: Which plants deserve to live, and which should die? Here’s how to choose.

 

1. Is my lawn really worth it? 

No! Lawns take lots of water and fertilizer to stay green. In drought, let your grass die and reseed when (and if) the rain returns. Better yet, replace your lawn with native and drought-resistant plants, and low-maintenance turf grasses.

2. How valuable is this plant? 

The longer a tree or shrub takes to grow, the more valuable it is. Fast-growing pines, for instance, can quickly replace older pines sacrificed to drought; slow-growing American beeches take years to mature and are more difficult to replace.

3. Does this plant anchor my landscaping plan?

If a dogwood, for instance, is the focal point of your yard, water it first. Easily replaced foundation plants should fall lower on your watering list.

4. Does this plant save or cost me money?

  • Save trees or shrubs that shade your home and save energy costs.
  • Sacrifice annuals that you buy each year anyway.
  • Let go of water-guzzling perennials and replace them with drought-resistant varieties, such as ornamental grasses and lavender.

5. Does this plant have sentimental value? 

Have a tree your kids loved to climb? Water plants and trees that are the stuff of memories.

6. How healthy is this plant? 

Sacrifice old and sick plants already close to the end of life. However, newly-planted trees and shrubs require frequent watering. So if water is restricted, you might have to sacrifice them for middle-aged trees that have a fighting chance of survival.

Tips on how to keep your chosen plants alive

  • Protect tree feeder roots by watering around the tree’s drip line (from the trunk to the end of the leaf canopy). Dig down 1 ft. to make sure the soil is moist, but not soggy. When the soil dries out, water again with a drip hose.
  • Bulbs are less vulnerable to drought than other perennials, but will die under extreme heat. Cover bulbs with 3-4 inches of an airy mulch, such as cedar, which holds moisture and moderates soil temperature.
  • Water perennials, annuals, and container plants with greywater from your shower, bath, or kitchen sink. Use biodegradable bath and dish soap, which won’t hurt plants. Never water plants with greywater containing bleach.
  • Spread only 2-3 inches of mulch around (but not touching) shrub and tree trunks. If you add too much mulch, roots will grow up and into the mulch, becoming more vulnerable to heat.
  • Move containers into the shade or bring them indoors. Water with greywater.
  • Replace high-maintenance plants with native plants better suited to your climate. Nursery man can help you choose.
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Plants You can Grow In Your Malibu Garden http://www.livingmalibu.com/plants-you-can-grow-in-your-malibu-garden/ http://www.livingmalibu.com/plants-you-can-grow-in-your-malibu-garden/#comments Wed, 01 Aug 2012 02:13:46 +0000 ritasimpson http://www.livingmalibu.com/?p=2092

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Potter’s Garden In Malibu http://www.livingmalibu.com/potters-garden-in-malibu/ http://www.livingmalibu.com/potters-garden-in-malibu/#comments Sat, 14 Jul 2012 21:04:33 +0000 ritasimpson http://www.livingmalibu.com/?p=1946

A clean, well-lighted place describes what one needs in a potting room.  The experience is different than working under the sun, digging the hard clayish soil of Malibu. Although the moments of solitude and complete immersion is similar,the quietude of trimming topiary, repotting  and of  making flower arrangements is distinct.

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A clean, well-lighted place describes what one needs in a potting room.  The experience is different than working under the sun, digging the hard clayish soil of Malibu. Although the moments of solitude and complete immersion is similar,the quietude of trimming topiary, repotting  and of  making flower arrangements is distinct.

Find a corner in your Malibu home to make one. Whether a lean-to on the side of the house, a garage, a repurposed laundry room or mudroom, an old shed or a new one, a potting room is the same for all gardeners—a place of our own, to do what we love, where making a mess is just fine. It’s a spot to arrange flowers, to cut herbs for drying and to plot and plan your garden. A potting room is also an opportunity for letting your creativity run free—a space to lay out, decorate and style every last rake and trowel. It is your central point for all gardening activities, a management hub, your cockpit.

 

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How To Care For Your Beautiful Malibu Sycamore Trees http://www.livingmalibu.com/how-to-care-for-your-beautiful-malibu-sycamore-trees/ http://www.livingmalibu.com/how-to-care-for-your-beautiful-malibu-sycamore-trees/#comments Tue, 10 Jul 2012 17:26:27 +0000 ritasimpson http://www.livingmalibu.com/?p=1913

Sycamore Tree Sycamore Tree Disease Diagnosis, Treatment & More

The sycamore tree is an immense durable tree with a rapid growth rate and expansive root system. It has an upright, pyramidal crown when young and as it matures develops a rounded, irregular form, with a scaffold of large diameter branches. The most unique feature of the sycamore tree is ...]]>

Sycamore Tree

Sycamore Tree Disease Diagnosis, Treatment & More

The sycamore tree is an immense durable tree with a rapid growth rate and expansive root system. It has an upright, pyramidal crown when young and as it matures develops a rounded, irregular form, with a scaffold of large diameter branches. The most unique feature of the sycamore tree is its camouflage-looking bark. The outer bark is unable to grow at the same rate as the trunk and limbs thus shedding its skin. The bark peels off in blotches revealing the white, tan and green inner bark. It has large 4” – 10” wide thick green leaves resembling those of maples and fruit is round, fuzzy and brown.

How to Grow: The sycamore is adaptable to most soil types and can live hundreds of years. It grows best in full sun.

Size of Tree: Sycamore trees range in height from 75-90 feet

Sycamore Tree Care

Keep your sycamore tree as healthy as possible through regular pruning, fertilizing and watering.

Newly planted sycamore trees benefit from ArborKelp®, SavATree’s exclusive seaweed biostimulant which aids in tree establishment, promotes root growth and heightens stress tolerance.

Mature and established trees benefit from fertilizer feedings of organic-based macro and micronutrients for the nutrition necessary to sustain their health.

Sycamore Tree Pruning

Sycamore trees should be pruned regularly to promote a center leader, remove deadwood and maintain a strong structure.

Pruning is recommended to preserve or improve tree structure, vigor and life-span. Pruning can reduce specific defects or structural problems in a tree to greatly lessen the risk of failure. Broken, diseased, or dead branches are typically removed in order to prevent decay-producing fungi from infecting the wood in other areas of the tree.

Removal of live branches is occasionally necessary to allow increased exposure to sunlight and circulation of air within the canopy. This assists in reduction of certain diseases. We also advocate the removal of branch stubs to promote successful and proper healing over of wounds.

Your SavATree certified arborist is equipped with the latest techniques and state-of-the-art equipment to keep your sycamore trees healthy, beautiful and safe. Contact us today for information on pruning or any of our other sycamore tree care services.

Sycamore Tree Diseases, Pests & Signs

Sycamore Tree Disease

There are several damaging diseases and pests that affect sycamore trees. Some of the most common are:

Sycamore Anthracnose – This sycamore disease results in extensive defoliation, shoot dieback, and twig death. Often confused with frost damage, signs of sycamore anthracnose include brown areas on leaves and canker on the trunk and main branches.

Powdery Mildew – Occurring in shady areas that have high humidity, powdery mildew looks like circular patches of grayish white material (spores) on twigs and leaves. The disease can cause leaves to drop and can stunt growth.

Sycamore Lace Bug – The adult insect has a lacy pattern on its head, wings and chest.  Both the adults and nymphs feed on the undersides of the sycamore’s leaves. They feed on the sap, causing the leaves to turn yellow. Heavy infestations can reduce growth.

Other sycamore tree diseases and pests include:

  • Root rots
  • Canker
  • Wood rots
  • Mistletoe

Many of these insect and disease conditions can weaken the tree and lead to tree death if not treated. If you suspect a problem with your trees, call a SavATree certified arborist right away for an evaluation and treatment options. Our sycamore tree care experts can help protect your trees and keep your landscape beautiful.

Photos by Photo by Joseph O’Brien, USDA Forest Service Richard Webb
Diseased photo: Sycamore Leaf Beetle 1204089 by Lacy-L.-Hyche, Auburn-University,-Bugwood.org

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Taming Wildlife In Your Malibu Home http://www.livingmalibu.com/taming-wildlife-in-your-malibu-home/ http://www.livingmalibu.com/taming-wildlife-in-your-malibu-home/#comments Tue, 17 Apr 2012 04:07:21 +0000 ritasimpson http://www.livingmalibu.com/?p=1540

I’m always asked , how do you deal with raccoons, gophers, coyotes and all other wildlife that might come into your Malibu garden. To say the truth I don’t…I just let them be. But I just ran across this article in the Los Angeles Times that might help you.

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I’m always asked , how do you deal with raccoons, gophers, coyotes and all other wildlife that might come into your Malibu garden. To say the truth I don’t…I just let them be. But I just ran across this article in the Los Angeles Times that might help you.

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Landscape Art Ideas For Your Malibu Home http://www.livingmalibu.com/landscape-art-ideas-for-your-malibu-home/ http://www.livingmalibu.com/landscape-art-ideas-for-your-malibu-home/#comments Tue, 03 Apr 2012 22:20:58 +0000 ritasimpson http://www.livingmalibu.com/?p=1500

There is always something beautiful to add to your already gorgeous Malibu home, here some photos from LandArt to inspire you.

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There is always something beautiful to add to your already gorgeous Malibu home, here some photos from LandArt to inspire you.

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Gorgeous Garden Paths For Your Malibu Home http://www.livingmalibu.com/gorgeous-garden-paths-for-your-malibu-home/ http://www.livingmalibu.com/gorgeous-garden-paths-for-your-malibu-home/#comments Fri, 30 Mar 2012 19:21:53 +0000 ritasimpson http://www.livingmalibu.com/?p=1463

One of my favorite aspects of being a realtor in Malibu is the opportunity to see all the beautiful homes and gardens in the community. Caravan day, when agents are invited to visit the new listings is a treat! The variety of styles and microclimates in the area allow for such variety of styles so ...]]>

One of my favorite aspects of being a realtor in Malibu is the opportunity to see all the beautiful homes and gardens in the community. Caravan day, when agents are invited to visit the new listings is a treat! The variety of styles and microclimates in the area allow for such variety of styles so that  whatever your fancy with a little effort you most likely can create the setting of your dreams. Here are some magical paths to inspire you.

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