Question of the week: Q: I have a cholla that looks like it is dying. There is debris and a build-up of dirt around it on the bottom. What is causing it? A: The mounding and debris build-up is caused by a pack rat. Pack rats can cause extensive damage to your property. Not only do pack rats damage and destroy landscaping, they can also chew through wiring. You may want to get rid of them using a standard rat snap trap. For trap bait, use nuts, meats or bacon. As far as the ch
The final part of our 3 part series for Transformation Tuesday! After removing the old plants in this small courtyard, we leveled the area and moved the existing water feature about a foot back from its old location. Next, we added a few new plants to freshen up the look, reworked the gravel, and purchased and installed a new pump for the water feature to make sure it would run smoothly. The final picture is worth a thousand words: our clients now have a great intimate area t
Q: I have a water feature and I think it has a leak - what is the best way to check? A: Easiest way to check is to turn off the pump and fill your holding pond all the way to the top. Check it in 24 hours; if the level is down a couple of inches, you are most likely losing water to evaporation and the water flow from your water feature is not going back into the holding pond. Adjust the water feature. If the water level is lower than a few inches, you most likely have a tear
Stella De Oro Dwarf daylily (Hemerocallis x “Stella de Oro”) - Zone 3-9 This carefree perennial fits into just about any garden. Blooms with heavy clusters of large, yellow blooms. Reblooms freely into early fall if spent flower stalks are promptly removed. This easy to care for plant forms neat, compact foliage clumps. Part to full sun
This week, we take a look at Part II of a 3 part series. The concrete steps were chipping away from the years of using ice melt during those cold winter months. We started with this makeover by removing any loose concrete. Next, using a bonding agent, we set the flagstone leading up to the doorway which was a continuation of the flagstone patio and pathway from last week's transformation. What's in store for next Tuesday? Come back to find out!
Q: I have installed a water softener in my house. I water my plants with water that runs through the water softener. Will this hurt my plants? A: Gardens typically cover large areas and require a lot of water for hydration. In some cases, it will kill your plants. You want to avoid long-term use of softened water in your garden. Over time, the salts in softened water become toxic to garden plants. These salts build up, causing a breakdown in the soil structure. Clay soils are
Sangria Yarrow - Achillea millefolium ‘Sangria’ - Zone 3 18” high 2-3’ wide. Wine red flowers adorn green, finely divided foliage. A tenacious perennial that keeps blooming throughout the season with periodic trimming.
This week, we take a look at a 3 part series. Our clients had a front courtyard that had broken flagstone leading up to the front door and was quite uninviting looking. We started with a new flower bed and a flagstone sitting area large enough for a bistro table and a few chairs. We added in perennials, shrubs, and grasses. Re-worked the irrigation for the new plants and added bark to the flower bed to help retain moisture. Come back the next 2 weeks to find out how the rest
Q: I have a shaded area that gets virtually no sun, what perennials will work? A: Great question! Here are some of my favorites which can be purchased at your local nursery: Hosta’s
Miniature Mat Daisey
Herman’s Pride. Make sure when you plant, you amend the soil with soil mender mulch or cotton burrs along Yum yum mix. Curious about landscaping questions? Send them our way!