Question Of The Week 03/31/2018

Question of the Week! Q: I normally cut back my Chamisa and Russian Sage in the Fall. I didn’t have time to do it. Can I still cut them back now? A: Great question. There is no one-type-fits-all pruning method. That being said, now is actually the right time to cut them back, however, in the past 20 years of being in the landscape business, we have always cut them back in the late fall/early winter with great success the next growing season. If you have Chamisa or Russian Sage that is unruly and overgrown, it could be pruned to about one or two inches above the ground. This allows them to "grow more vigorously and with better shape instead of being so “woody". We actually had a client tell u

Phil's Favorite 03/30/2018

Phil's Friday Favorite! Woolly Thyme (Thymus pseudolanuginosus) - Zone 4-9 Durable perennial with aromatic leaves, perfect for filling between stepping stones or as a water-wise ground cover. Creates a low, lush attractive soft carpet of fuzzy grayish foliage topped by bright pink flowers in summer. Plant full sun

Transformation Tuesday 03/27/2018

Transformation Tuesday: It seems like xeriscaping is the theme of the month. :) We removed the grass and created a xeric space by adding low maintenance plants. The old sprinkler system was converted to drip to conserve water. The final touch was by adding some beautiful gravel. Keep those plants growing and healthy!

Question Of The Week 03/24/2018

Spring is here! We've been getting some awesome questions so keep them coming folks! Question of The Week: Q: When is a good time to prune my fruit trees? A: Most pruning is done during the dormant season in late winter or spring, just before active growth begins. In North and Central New Mexico, February to early March would be a good time to prune. At this time, pruning wounds heal fast, flower buds are easily recognized, and injury from low winter temperatures may be avoided. You may want to have an arborist do the pruning, This is a service we do not provide. Happy Spring!

Phil's Favorite 03/23/2018

Phil's Favorite this week: Hall’s Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica 'Halliana) Zone 4-11 An outstanding vine with yellow and white flowers that add a delightful fragrance to summer landscapes. Perfect as cover for fences, and walls, or as a shrubby groundcover. An excellent solution for a fast-growing screen, even with poor soils. Semi-evergreen. Plant in Partial to full sun. (Reference: Monrovia)

Transformation Tuesday 03/20/2018

Here's part II of last week's Transformation Tuesday! Adding more to the curb appeal, we removed the grasses and made the landscaping more xeric. If you need a reminder, xeric style landscaping or xeriscaping is a landscaping style to help with water conservation. In addition, we added more trees, shrubs, and accented with some nice Southwest cactus. Happy Spring everyone!

Question of the Week 03/17/18

Question of the week: Name of the game this week: Patience! Q: When can I turn on my irrigation system? A: We have already been receiving phone calls to turn on irrigations systems. But it is still a bit too soon! Although we have been warmer and drier than normal, you need to be patient. We normally do not turn on irrigation systems until the 3rd week of April and as late as mid May. If you turn on the system too soon, and we get a late freeze, you could damage your system which could prove costly. Continue to hand water your plants/trees once a week until it is the right time to hand over the duties of watering to your irrigation system.

Phil's Favorite 03/16/18

Prairifire Crabapple (Malus x 'Prairifire) Zone 4-8 "An outstanding flowering tree with an upright form that becomes rounded with age. Reddish new foliage matures to a dark green. Lovely deep pink spring flowers produce persistent, small, dark red-purple fruit. A colorful accent for smaller landscapes. Deciduous. Plant full sun" (Reference: Monrovia)

Transformation Tuesday 03/13/18

Transformation Tuesday! Talk about an upgrade to curb appeal! Our clients came from a climate that was pretty green and wanted to do something that would look great. We removed the old gravel as it had tons of weeds in it. New trees and shrubs were added. A flagstone pathway was built and new gravel was put in to add some depth. Stay tuned next week for part II of this project.

Question of the Week 03/10/18

Question of the week! Q: Hi! My aunt recently purchased a home and found out the backyard gravel is full of goat’s head thorns. Any advice as to how to best get rid of them? Thanks! A: Ouch! Thanks for the question. A lot depends on the condition of the weed barrier under the gravel. If it is full of goat heads, I would assume the weed barrier has deteriorated or possibly there is no weed barrier at all. The only way to get rid of those pesky goat heads is to actually pull up all the gravel, haul it out, and put in a new weed barrier and new gravel. Need some landscaping answers? Send your questions our way!

Phil's Favorite 03/09/18

Phil's Favorite: Dwarf Red-Leaf Sand Cherry (Prunus x cisterna) - Zone 2-8 Light pink flowers in spring with deep purple foliage in the summer. Grows approx. 6-10 feet high and 6-8 feet wide. Prune to shape in winter. Plant as a foundation shrub. Looks great with a Montgomery Blue spruce.

Transformation Tuesday 03/06/18

This week's Transformation Tuesday was very enjoyable to brainstorm and work on. Another new construction project, we worked with the client to really create something truly beautiful. We started with adding luscious roses, xeric perennials, and put in a cactus garden along a dry riverbed and water feature (not shown). It's not a mirage - it's a little oasis in the desert!

Get To Know Your Landscaping Terms!

Just like every other industry, businesses involved in landscaping have their own jargon related to everything from appearance of shrubs to zone designations for planting. Having a basic understanding of landscaping lingo not only ensures that you will get what you want when coordinating with a company, but that you will also know what to ask for from the company with whom you are working. Regardless of whether you are taking on a spring project on your own or working longterm with a landscape designer, there are some common terms that are helpful to know. The following are common terms we at Desert Rose Landscape use frequently and are helpful to know, but by no means are a complete list. S

Question of the Week 03/03/2018

Spring is around the corner! Send us your questions to prepare. Q: I just purchased a house and I don't know how to care for the ornamental grasses on the property. When should I cut them back and how? A: Great question! We like to leave our ornamental grasses like Karl Foerster and Miscanthus grasses alone through the winter, even though they go dormant and brown. They do provide great interest! We usually cut them back to about 2-3" from the ground each Spring so the new blades can emerge. You can use a hedger if you have one, if not, pruners will work just as well. Now is about the time to do it - don't wait until the new growth starts; it will mix with the old growth and you will most l

Phil's Favorite 03/02/2018

We love this week's Phil Favorite! Blue mist Spirea Caryopteris x clandonensis Zone 4-9 Attractive compact, mounding grower with fragrant powder blue blooms. Long blooming season. Creates a wonderful border. I like to mass plant these. Deciduous. Plant full sun, reaches 2-3' tall and wide, blooms late summer. Attracts butterflies and honeybees.

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