This week's question of the week addresses an often confusing industry term: Q: I received an estimate for a raised flower bed that will be 4 blocks high. Length of the flower bed is about 25 feet long. On the quote, the price I was given is for 100 linear feet. Can you explain how that works? A: Well, a lot depends on who is quoting the estimate. Some landscapers quote by the square feet, others by the linear feet. If quoted by linear foot, 1 row is 25 linear feet. If you ha
Bowles Periwinkle (Vinca Minor) Zone 4-9 - Plant full sun or full shade. Great groundcover in shade. Blooms late spring/early summer a violet-blue flower with dark green leaves. Deer resistant. Great for covering sloped areas. Works well planted under trees.
Back to work with Transformation Tuesday! Typical of most New Mexico homes, this back patio had nothing but dirt, weeds, and shrubs. The clients held quite a few gatherings for friends and needed an area to accommodate all those guests. We decided together to build up the back area about 3 feet to level with the back door. Next, we installed a large flagstone patio with moss rock steps and finished with a nice large water feature. Tons of standing room and dancing space now f
Phil's Favorites! Hardy Yellow Iceplant (Delosperma nubigenum) Zone 4-10 Full sun, plant in rock gardens or as ground cover. Low dense mat of succulent green with Yellow flowers in the spring. Purple/red color in the fall and winter. Does not tolerate foot traffic.
This week's Transformation Tuesday: Like most New Mexico landscapes, this backyard was filled with good old dirt and sand on a severe slope which made it quite unusable other than to stare at. With the client's end goal of entertaining family and guests, we created steps using moss rock and built a flagstone patio with 2" gaps filled with 3/8" Rio Grand Rose Gravel. We also added a raised flower bed to the patio. The end product was a quaint patio that would hold a bistro tab
Brrrrrr! Bundle up as it's cold out there! Question of the week: Q: With the recent cold weather, should I turn off my water feature? A: It depends on a few things. How deep is the holding pond. Is the feature plastic, stone or ceramic? If the holding pond to the water feature is at least 12-18” deep and you don’t mind replenishing the water as it freezes on the feature, leave it on. I like to leave mine on during the winter and let the ice form “sculptures” but mine is stone
Phil’s Favorites: Dwarf Alberta Spruce (Picea glauca Conica) Zone 2-8 - Part to full sun water weekly or more often in extreme heat. Makes for an excellent Christmas tree! Works well in pots under portals Slow growing.
This week's Transformation Tuesday! These type of projects are always very fun for us as the client had a large backyard and did not know what to do with it other than the end result being an area of entertainment. We added a large flagstone patio bordered with moss rock and a dry riverbed from the gutter spouts that lead to a holding pond to contain water when it rained. We also added ornamental grasses around the holding pond, a rock garden along the fence with plenty of pe
Question of the week! Q: You mentioned in your December newsletter that if I want to re-plant my live tree outside after Christmas, I need to dig. What do I do if I don't know where my utility lines are or I want to plant it so I can hide my utility boxes? A: Excellent question! Before you dig, you MUST call New Mexico 811 to have your utilities marked. Call 811 at least 2 working days before you dig. Mark the area you where you want the lines located with white flags. They w
This week's Phil's Favorite; Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) Zone 5-9 Broad mounding shrub with bright yellow flowers before leaves come out. Bright green stems are visible in the winter. First to bloom in late winter/early spring. Looks great cascading over walls or on slopes. Plant in full sun and water weekly.