Question of the Week 06/30/2018

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 cholla, if you want to keep it and there are signs of life, remove any debris from around it and smooth out the dirt mounds - or you may want to just remove it.

Phil's Favorite 06/29/2018

New Mexico Primrose (Oenothera berlandieri) Zone 5 A spreading mass of small green leaves covered by large, cup-shaped pink flowers during mid-summer. Grows to 6-10” tall, 9-12’ wide

Transformation Tuesday 06/26/2018

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 to enjoy a evening glass of their favorite wine in a peaceful setting.

Question of the week 06/23/2018

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 in the liner which would need to be replaced. Any questions you are curious about? Send them our way!

Phil's Favorite 06/22/2018

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

Transformation Tuesday 06/19/2018

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!

Question of the Week 06/16/2018

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 especially vulnerable to the sodium in soft water. Indoor plants are most vulnerable. You may want to consider having a separate line to the outside tap installed by a plumber. This outlet allows you to water plants, tr

Phil's Favorite 06/15/2018

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.

Transformation Tuesday 06/12/2018

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 of the landscaping turned out!

Question of the Week 06/10/2018

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 Bleeding heart Plumbago Vinca 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!

Phil's Favorite 06/08/2018

Hedgehog Cacti (Echinocereus) Echinocereus, usually a dense small to medium-sized cylindrical cacti, comprising about 70 species native to the southern United States and Mexico in very sunny rocky places. Usually, the flowers are large and the fruit edible. Requires very low water and full sun plant if rock, sandy and well-drained soil. Works well planted from at no higher than 7000 elevation.

Transformation Tuesday 06/05/2018

Part II of last week's Transformation Tuesday: The old landscape has a ton of drainage issues from the canales. There were also problems with soil erosion as the trees were just planted in standalone soil. We started with constructing a raised bed for the trees, added in a dry stream that started at the canales that ran to the arroyo at the end of the yard which stopped the erosion from the rain. To make the dirt better looking, we added flagstone stepstones from the gate to the flagstone patio and planted additional plants for the flowerbed.

Dangerous Drought

Drought.gov currently has designated Santa Fe as being in an extreme drought with no end in the upcoming month. Due to these dry and dangerous conditions, firescaping in our wildfire-prone areas needs to be your top priority. Wildfires can happen anywhere, at any time, and can be caused by humans and lightning and can be exacerbated by low rainfall and high winds. If a fire breaks out in your area, having the right landscape around your home can be the difference between your home surviving a fire or burning to the ground. What Is Firescaping? Firescaping is a landscape design that reduces the chance of your house and property being consumed by a wildfire. You want to have a landscape design

Question of the Week 06/02/2018

Question of the week: Q: I have a water feature that stopped working. I think the pump is out (but it is only a couple of months old), what should I do? A: First thing to do is check if there is water in the holding pond. Next, check the outlet - is pump plugged i? If so, check to see if the GFCI did not trip. If it did, reset it and the pump should work. If not, check to see if debris is clogging the pump, if so, clean pump and holding pond. If it still does not work, you will probably need a new pump.

Phil's Favorite 06/01/2018

Jupiter’s Beard (Ceranthus ruber) - Zone 5-8. A tough and drought-resistant plant that is easily grown and attracts butterflies. Full sun to part shade. Also comes in white flowering.

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