Taking Care of Your Live Christmas Tree

December means family gatherings, lights on houses, winter sports, and chilly temperatures. Many people will also begin the search for the perfect Christmas tree - whether they “hunt” for it in the wild or at their local tree lot or hardware store. Another option that is often overlooked is purchasing a live tree which extends beyond the last month of the year.Maintaining a Christmas tree that can be planted in your yard after the holiday season requires a little more effort, but is manageable using the following steps. First, buy a ball-and-burlap or container tree - keep in mind that ideally it should only remain indoors for 7 to 10 days. When you buy the tree, place it in a garage or a sh

Transformation Tuesday 11/28/2017

Yes, we do beautiful walkways! Check out this week's Transformation Tuesday. Our client wanted to have a unique looking pathway and one that lead to the patio. We removed the grey river rock pathway, added flagstone steps with beautiful sunset rose gravel, added a sturdy mossrock border to the left. We then trimmed the junipers back put in plants to add accents and bark mulch which really made this pathway easy to walk on and more appealing to the eye.

Question of The Week 11/25/2017

Question of the week! Have a query that needs to be answered? Send them our way. Q: What is the best way to plant an aspen tree? A: First thing would be tree selection. Trees grown in a nursery in a container will have a more complete root system than trees that are dug up from the mountains. These are wrapped in burlap because they are being pulled out of the root mass of a larger aspen grove. Based on our 20 years experience of planting trees, particularly aspens, there is a slight difference in the way we plant nursery aspens in comparison with aspens dug up from the mountains. When planting aspens in burlap, dig a planting hole that is slightly wider than the aspen’s root ball, but not a

Phil's Favorite 11/24/2017

Creeping mahonia (Mahonia Repens) Zone 5-9: Low, spreading form displays bright yellow flowers followed by blue-black fruit clusters. Great for large-scale groundcover, small shrub grouping. Will control erosion. Evergreen. Plant in Part sun part shade. Works great planted under aspens.

Transformation Tuesday 11/21/2017

Part II of last week's project for Transformation Tuesday! In addition to the flagstone patio and flowerbeds, we installed a water feature near the flagstone patio along with a functional dry stream that would carry water off of the Canales when it rained. A little oasis for our clients in the middle of the desert!

Question of The Week 11/18/2017

It's Fall maintenance time! Q: How do I know what's dead on plants and in particular, on Virginia creeper for fall pruning? A: Best thing to do if you can't tell is to scratch the vine branch to see if it is green. If you are still unsure, just trim to shape and in the Spring when the leaves come out, you should be able to tell where the dead branches are. Send us your questions to be answered!

Phil's Favorite 11/17/2017

Careful with this week's Phil's Favorite: English Ivy (Hedera Helix) (Zone 4-10) - Great shade-loving ground cover and vine. It is fast growing and invasive if left alone. Drought resistant prefers rich soil but will adapt to alkaline soil. Can be planted in the sun, but will not flourish. Will cling to most surfaces including stucco walls. Stays green year round. Plant with Potentilla or Mock orange, but make sure to keep Ivy out of the plants or it will take over.

Transformation Tuesday 11/14/2017

Another large project by Desert Rose Landscape. We had a garden that had been neglected for a number of years. After removing old and dead plants, we installed a flagstone patio, moss rock flower beds, an irrigation system and native shrubs. We hid the root coming out above the ground on the locust tree by building a rock garden around it and putting in native and colorful perennials. Stay tuned next week for part 2 of this project.

Phil's Favorite 11/10/2017

Quaking Aspen (Populus Tremeloides) Works best above 7000ft, although they do somewhat well in the city of Santa Fe. Likes moist, rich soil, cool temperatures. Plant on north or east side of homes in clumps for best results. Deep green leaves through excellent yellow fall color, and with a slight wind, the leaves seem to be dancing. Downfall, they can get black spot on leaves.

Transformation Tuesday 11/07/2017

Our client was doing a remodel on the house and wanted an intimate courtyard to relax in the evening. After adding a raised flower bed along the perimeter of the courtyard, we planted lush flowers that bloom different times of the season. We also added a raised water feature in the flowerbed that spills to ground level (see upper right of photo). An irrigation system, flagstone, landscape lighting and thyme between the flagstone finished up this project. A gas fire pit in the center of the courtyard was installed by the homeowner's contractor. Our team did a fantastic job turning a pile of dirt into a beautifully finished courtyard!

Question of The Week 11/04/2017

A great question as we are heading into the cold winter season. Q: I am thinking of planting pots for winter interest. What do you recommend? A: For starters, make sure that the pots are not clay or ceramic as they might crack if they freeze, although we have not had an issue planting in clay or ceramic. Do not plant in plastic containers, they will definitely crack in the freeze. If in doubt, consider, wood or metal. Water the pots about every one to two weeks depending on if they are in the open or under a portal. As far as plants, use dwarf spruces/pines, ivy, redtwig dogwood, or flowering cabbage. Also if you planted ornamental grasses in the spring, leave them in the pots. They give hei

Phil's Favorite 11/03/2017

Gro-Low Sumac (Rhus aromatic) (Zone 4-9) - Awesome groundcover that can get up to 3’ high and 8’ wide for covering flat or sloped areas. Early spring it has plenty of tiny yellow flowers that lead to shiny and dark green leaves in the summer, come fall, a beautiful burst of orange, red and burgundy color to add to your fall interest. Works well in all types of soil. Plant with pines or grasses.

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