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From Houzz.com —
The rewards of gardening are great — fresh air, exercise, beauty and relaxation, to name a few. But designing and planting your very first garden can feel like an overwhelming task. Luckily, gardens are surprisingly forgiving creations, and the best way to learn is by simply diving in. Here are 10 tips to help get a new garden off on the right foot.

Note: the recommended time to install a new garden in Southern California is November-January because young, water efficient plants need as much water as grass for their first 6-12 months, and winter storms can provide some of that water. November is just a few months away so now is a good time to start learning and planning.

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