How To Get Ready For The Fall

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, bulbs, and shrubs - like we mentioned above, roots strengthen during the colder months which helps to improve above ground growth in the warmer months. Irrigation, fences, walls, borders, and irrigation are also perfect to

Transformation Tuesday 10/31/2017

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 to divert water from the road to an arroyo behind the house. A terraced moss rock wall with steps allows you to get from the flagstone patio to the grass area with ease. Native trees and shrubs and gravel finished off thi

20 Years for Desert Rose Landscape!

Our first business license, from 1998 to our current renewal, 20 years later. With gratitude to our dedicated family, friends, staff and our loyal clients - we couldn't have done it without the support. Thank you from the bottom of hearts for letting us continue to serve you Santa Fe, NM!

Question of The Week 10/28/2017

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 birds are attracted to the berries, they may be dangerous if a child consumes them in quantity. Get ready for fall and winter with any questions you have for us!

Phil's Favorite 10/27/2017

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.

Transformation Tuesday Part III 10/24/2017

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 to the Ramada. Adding a few trees and plants, irrigation system along with landscape lighting, we made this area into a backyard oasis the owner would enjoy holding parties rain or shine. This project was also completed d

Question of The Week 10/21/2017

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 supplemental water from irrigation by using drought-tolerant plants. Some examples are but not limited to: sedums, lavender, yarrow, Russian Sage, Chamisa, thyme, and even some grasses. Hardscape refers to hard landscape mater

Phil's Favorite 10/20/2017

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.

Transformation Tuesday Part II 10/17/2017

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 of our client's guests. Stay tuned next week for part III of the transformation.

Question Of The Week: 10/14/2017

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 in from birds. They will root on top of the weed barrier but are really easy to pull. This can also happen if you choose to put new weed barrier and reuse old gravel. Have a burning question to ask? Send them our way!

Phil's Favorite: 10/12/2016

Karl Foerster Reed grass (Calamagrostis acutiflora) Zone 5-10. Blooms in early summer with feather plumes and ripens to a wheat colored seed head by fall. Adapts well to any soil. Plant in full sun for best results. Great winter interest if left uncut. Cut back in early spring when new growth begins to show. Love them near a water feature or aspen trees. Plant with Moonshine yarrow, catmint, or Blue mist spirea.

Transformation Tuesday 10/10/2016

Check in every week for a 3 part series of this large project we worked on! Part I: Our client wanted an area that would provide a view pleasing to the eye. With no plan in mind, they were open to our ideas. After removing the old multi-color gravel, we created a terraced flowerbed keeping the existing aspens.We added some additional plants, bark, ran irrigation and finished it off with landscape lighting. Stay tuned next week for Part II of this project!

Question Of The Week!

Q: How does one take care of a yucca? Do we trim/get rid of dead leaves? How much water does it need? A: Prune your yucca plant in the spring for dead, hanging leaves. Cut flower stalks down to the ground after flowers have stopped blooming and have started to die. This can be done without harm to the plant at any time of year. You do not need to water a yucca unless a hot dry spell occurs. If it is a newly planted yucca, you should water it every two to three weeks during the first growing season only. If you want the yucca look, but don't what the hard spikes of the yucca, you could substitute the yucca with Hesperaloe parvilflora (red yucca) or Nolina (Bear grass) - both have a softer spi

Phil's Favorite 10/06/2016

Plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides) Zone 5-9. Blooms a deep blue in late summer - fall, as the flowering finishes, the leaves begin a month long change to a vivid mahogany red color. Works well in full sun to full shade and is very adaptable. Not rabbit resistant and can be an invasive plant. Use it to your advantage by allowing it to take over areas where it is difficult to grow anything else. You won’t be disappointed. Plant with Jupiter’s Beard, Yellow Columbine or purple Coral Bells.

Fall & Winter Prep

Cooler temperatures, turning leaves, and waning vegetable gardens all indicate the end of summer and the onset of fall. Many people think that fall is the end of the growing season, but it is an ideal season for planting trees, shrubs and other assorted plants. Milder temperatures and increased moisture ease stress on plants, alleviating both the work for you as a gardener and the plant as it establishes itself in your yard. The key to happy fall planting is encouraging good root growth. Planting trees and shrubs in September and October enables the root systems to grow instead of focusing their energy on putting out leaves. It is best to plant 6 weeks prior to the ground freezes, as once th

Transformation Tuesday 10/03/2017

The house had recently been purchased. The front courtyard was in disarray - flagstone was cracked, weeds were coming up and were very plain. After installing new flagstone for the patio, we installed a small water feature, using flagstone in an Anasazi stack to raise up the water feature. We planted Japanese maple, aspen, other shrubs and perennials and finished off the flowerbed with a bark mulch. Now, it’s an area to sit and enjoy an evening glass of wine in the beautiful sunsets of New Mexico.

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