The right plants for your garden

April 24, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Professional landscaper and host of DIY Networks' Yard Crashers, Ahmed Hassan, joined House Doctor Lisa Smith to share his terrific tips for finding the right plants to thrive in any garden.

Planting tips:

Potting soil is for pots. Everything else is for the earth. Don't put potting soil in the earth.

Feed your soil with compost. It acts like vitamins for your soil. It will give your plants the food that they need and help them to retain water.

Use drip irrigation for planting on a hillside.

October and November are ideal times for planting in the Bay Area. Plant in the winter and your plants will flourish over the summer.

About DIY Network "Yard Crashers"

You never know what you're gonna bring home from the home improvement store...could be some new patio chairs, could be a bag of cement, or it could be professional landscaper Ahmed Hassan. It's like winning the landscape lottery. Ahmed is on the lookout for the perfect weekend warriors who could use his help. People go in thinking they're just buying a bag of mulch, and come home with Ahmed and his team to completely transform their landscape. It's ambush landscaping at its best.

Airs Mondays at 9pm ET on DIY Network.

For more information, visit: www.diynetwork.com

About Ahmed Hassan

Raised on a California alfalfa farm, Ahmed learned early on how to master a mower and turn turf into art. Over the past 17 years, his interest in anything outdoors has led him to become one of the San Francisco Bay Area's most sought-after young landscape designers. He was supervisor of a landscaping and gardening team for Redwood City, Calif., and owns his own landscape design, installation and maintenance company. He conducts workshops for the general public on topics ranging from park maintenance to landscape design. Ahmed has a solid educational background, mastering courses in ornamental horticulture, irrigation, soil science and pruning and landscaping with native plants. Ahmed has been a popular expert contributor on HGTV's Landscape Smart. Catch Ahmed on Blog Cabin, The Dirt on... and Yard Crashers.


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