Many people think that landscaping requires zero maintenance during the colder months, but the truth is that not all plants go dormant and still require some upkeep. Fall is actually a great time to start certain projects as plant energy goes towards strengthening and growing roots to result in beautiful spring and summertime blooming. Don’t be a fall slouch and help your garden grow with the following tips from Desert Rose! The most common fall practice is to plant trees, bu
It's time for Transformation Tuesday!
This was a fun project because we started with a very raw environment. The goals of the project were to build an area for entertaining guests and a grass area for the kids to play.
With such a steep slope and the rain runoff that would come off the road, we decided a terrace area would work best. Our clients used their contractor to build a Ramada.
After leveling out the areas, we built a drainage to the right using river rock t
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Another great fall and winter prep question! Keep sending them our way. Q: What do you need to do to Virginia creeper as fall/winter sets in? A: Virginia creeper is an excellent carefree, but a somewhat invasive vine that works well on fences or areas you want to screen. Prune Virginia creeper in late winter while the plant is dormant. Remove dead or damaged vines. During the growing season, trim as needed to keep a neat appearance. Virgina Creep does produce berries. While b
Red Twig Dogwood (Cornus alba) Zone 2-8 Excellent plant that provides interest year round. Features include the red stems in fall through late and variegated leaves and small white flowers and berries to hold interest in spring through summer. I like planting by itself in a group.
Last post on this large project we worked on. Part III of the series. This backyard was not suitable for entertaining unless you were having a party of two. Kidding aside, after consulting with the contractor who built the Ramada, we created Bancos with landscape block and hand chiseled flagstone for a seating area. We also added a flagstone patio-pathway that connected to the back door and used flagstone stepstones from the gates and patio off of the master bedroom to lead t
Have a burning question for us? Send them our way! This week's question of the week. Q: I hear the terms "Zero-scape", Hardscape - what is it and what’s the difference? A: Well, "zero-scape" literally means nothing. In our case living in Santa Fe, NM, just dirt! It’s nothing, nada, zero, zip! No such meaning. What you must mean is Xeric-scape. Xeric-scape is NOT is just gravel and native plants. Xeric-scape is a landscaping style that reduces or eliminates the need for supple
Moonlight or Scotch Broom Moonlight Broom (Cytisus scoparius) Zone 5-10, 1” creamy yellow flowers in spring/early summer, somewhat fragrant. Prune after flowering to keep an attractive appearance. Keeps shape fairly well. Excellent for winter interest since stems remain green year round. Plant with apache plume or Blue mist spirea.
Continuing with Part II of our series for Transformation Tuesday: We had a flagstone patio that was extremely uneven and the chairs would get stuck in the gaps every time you tried to move it. How fun is that? Not very user-friendly at all. To start, we pulled up the flagstone, reset the moss rock border and re-positioned the flagstone patio with puzzle like precision to allow chairs to slide with ease. The patio now has a professional, clean look that soon can entertain all
Q: A few months ago, I put new weed barrier down and put new gravel. Now I have some weeds coming up. I thought the weed barrier was supposed to prevent weeds from growing?
Phil: Weed barrier does prevent weeds from growing but does not eliminate them. The weeds that are growing are “surface weeds”. They are growing on top of the weed barrier and through the gravel.
This happens when seeds from weeds drop on top of the gravel. These seeds can be blown in, or brought i