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My wife and I bought a house a few months back and now that spring is here it's time to start paying attention to the landscaping. Unfortunately the last time I worked a mower was 15 years ago, and I've never grown anything more sophisticated than a potato in a glass of water.
Our landscaping is new, the house was finished in November and the last bit of landscaping in the back yard is wrapping up now. We've been paying a guy to mow it but we're going to take over once the reel mower I just ordered arrives (our yard is big for LA, small for any normal place). We have dwarf fescue sod, a bunch of ground cover in beds of bark mulch, and various kinds of flowers. We live in the hills north of Los Angeles so it gets dry in the summers.
I'm terrified that I'll forget to do something fundamental and all of our new grass and plants will die. I have no idea how or when to apply fertilizer or plant food. We'd like to plant some flowers (daisies?) around a pot fountain I built but I have very little idea of what to buy to even get started. We've also got some narrow (<1 foot) strips of dirt to fill with... something. They're down the side of the house that doesn't get a lot of sun, surrounding a wooden box that has some dwarf fruit trees in it.
I'm looking for resources on gardening for beginners but not coming up with much. I'd also appreciate any suggestions on what would be reasonably idiot-proof to plant on the side of the house. My best idea so far is to stake down some trellis and grow vines but that's as far as I got. I'm willing and able to apply some elbow grease but before I go buy Gardening for Dummies I figured I would beseech the oracles of H&A.