Transformation Tuesday: This property had erosion problems and the clients wanted to put something that was functional and would help with the issue. We constructed a dry riverbed which helped control and direct the flow of water. Next, put a few terraces using moss while maintaining the slope. To the right of all of this, we seeded the area with native grass, adding gravel and finished with a few plants. Have a happy Tuesday!
Boy was that a crazy week of weather! Here's a question of the week addressing Monday's monsoon: Q: With the recent rain we have had, I have an irrigation system on a timer. Is there anything that I can purchase so that when it does rain, my irrigation system won’t water without me having to turn it off? A: Yes, you have a couple of options. One is a Rain Sensor which automatically shuts off your sprinkler system when it rains a certain amount so you don’t have to worry about
Plant of the week: Sunray tickseed ( Coreopsis grandiflora) Zone 4-9. A golden yellow daisy-like flower. Good cut flower, moderate grower and attracts butterflies. Blooms from summer till frost. 18”-24” tall by 12” wide. Full sun. Water during summer, but is drought tolerant once established.
Transformation Tuesday! Our clients wanted to increase the curb appeal as you approached the driveway. We started by adding a moss rock border and flagstone stepstones from the garage to the front courtyard. Next, we added colorful perennials and shrubs that bloom throughout the year, along with a few trees to round out the look and give our clients an enjoyable view as they arrived home. Happy Tuesday!
Question of the week: Q: With the recent rain we have received, the weeds have taken off on my property. After pulling all weeds with roots from the area that I have covered with riverrock, what is the best way to keep weeds from coming back? A: I am assuming that you do not have weed barrier under the rocks. The best way would be to remove the rocks, put a weed barrier and retirn the rock. If you have a lot of dirt in the rock you removed, you may want to get new rock since
Plant of the week: Red Yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora) - Zone 5-11 Tall spikes hold deep rose-pink flowers atop clumps of slender, green, drought tolerant foliage that reach 4 to 6 feet tall. Blooms nearly year-round in warm winter regions. An effective choice to add dramatic interest in a rock garden, as a landscape accent or in containers. Partners beautifully with other desert-like plants. Evergreen. Plant full sun. Deer resistant.
The final part of our 3 part series for Transformation Tuesday! This shot was taken 3 months after the completion of this large-scale makeover. We are grateful for the opportunity to work on such an amazing project. The photos speak for themselves: just an amazing result. We hope you enjoyed this series!
Question if the week: Q: The red hot poker in the back yard has developed lots of brown leaves (see photo). Is this normal? Is there something we can do? A: After physically checking out your red hot poker (Kniphofia), it is suffering from crown rot - which can actually kill your plant. To remedy this situation, your plant needs to dry out entirely. Do not give it any additional water. Since it is an already established and is a drought tolerant plant, it should do fine with
Plant of the week! Apache Plume (Fallugia paradoxa) - Zone 5-10 Tough Southwestern native plant with small white flowers resembling single rose blooms; later attractive fluffy white seed heads that persist throughout the fall. Tolerates alkaline soils. Use in the hottest and dry places in your landscape. Plant in full sun.