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 Sag
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: 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!
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 avoid
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)
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: 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 w
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! 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.