Transformation Tuesday 05/28/2019

This house was newly built in Las Campanas and was in need of a completely new landscape. The yard was nothing more than fill dirt and weeds. We decided to plant a row of Karl Foresters to help soften the hard look given by the pavers and the stucco wall. Blue Spruce was planted to give the area some controlled height and year-round interest. We mixed in some moonshine yarrows, catmint, lavender and may night salvia to add some color to the area. Irrigation and barrier was laid down to help reduce weeds. Lastly, we spread 3/8" Rose Brown gravel to give this area a clean, New Mexico style look. Have a fantastic Tuesday!

Question of the Week 05/25/2019

Q: Why does your weed barrier cost so much? I can go to a local store and get a roll for less than half. A: That is correct that many of the stores carry weed barrier fabric at a fraction of the price we pay for ours. The price difference is reflected in the quality. Many of the weed barriers sold at the stores are contractor grade, meaning they are cost effective (for the contractor). Many builders lay this below gravel when they complete a home. These fabrics work for a few years and quickly deteriorate and tear allowing deeply rooted weeds to grow in the gravel. We receive many calls from clients to re-do the gravel in their yard because of weed issues. To best prevent this problem, we us

Plant of the Week 05/24/2019

Dicentra Spectablilis - Zone 3-9 Long stalks carrying heart shaped flowers rise above tender green leaves on this stunning perrenial. Bleeding hearts bloom from early to late spring and will catch your eye every time you walk passed it. Flowers can be white, pink or red depending on the varietal. A moderate grower that can reach 3' tall and wide. Plant in full to partial shade and in well drained soil. Deer resistant and easy to care for with regular watering. During drought like conditions, Bleeding Hearts can go dormant in the summer.

Transformation Tuesday 05/21/2019

This project was fun to work on since it was a completely blank slate. "Make it look nice", was the only directions we got from the client. We quickly went to work designing this simple, clean, but lush looking yard. First, a mossrock flowerbed was installed to give the yard an area dedicated to shrubs and plants. We planted three Miscanthus grasses for height along the wall and filled in the other areas with low growing plants. Different varieties of yarrows keep the look uniform but also added different colors to the landscape. In addition, we mixed in some lavenders, catmint, and tickseed for different colors and textures. Three groupings of multi-stemmed aspens were planted in front of t

Question of the Week 05/18/2019

Q: Do you have any tips for pulling out weeds easier? A: Give the weeds a good watering the day before you plan on pulling them out. This softens the dirt and allows you to pull them out with minimal effort. It also allows time for the dirt to absorb the water so there is a minimal muddy mess. Better yet, wait after a rain storm :) Thanks for the question and we will see you next week!

Plant of the Week 05/17/2019

Opuntia phaeacantha - Zone 4 may survive lower Green flat pads are covered in long cactus needles, as well as small, orange spiky hairs. In the spring beautiful yellow flowers emerge, some varieties have red bases. Bees will often be seen collecting pollen in the Desert Prickly Pear. A small 2" purple edible fruit will begin to develop once the flower is spent. Plant in sandy, rocky soils and part to full sun. Minimal water is required. Can reach up to 4.5 feet long and wide.

Transformation Tuesday 05/14/2019

In this week's Transformation Tuesday, we had a client who had some stairs in the back yard that were usable but didn’t quite have the finished look she was looking for. Over time the dirt started covering up small flagstone steps that were set inside rail road ties and the mossrock beds were falling over and needed to be reset. The first thing we did was remove the larger size gravel and reused it by spreading it over the front driveway. Next, the railroad ties and mossrock beds were removed. We cut-tp-fit the pieces of mossrock for a cleaner, more sturdy look. Flagstone was also cut to fit the newly installed mossrock steps. Spanish brooms and other low maintenance plants were planted with

Question of the Week 05/11/2019

Q: Are lawn clippings good mulch? A: Yes, lawn clippings are a great source of nitrogen for plants. Simply spread the lawn clipping less than an inch thick (to allow the clippings to properly decay) anywhere you want to mulch! Have any questions? Send them our way!

Plant of the Week 05/10/2019

Euonymus forunei 'Emerald Gaiety' - Zone 5-9 Emerald green variegated foliage becomes tinged pink in the winter. Prized for its foliage, this evergreen will compliment any yard. Adaptable and easy to grow in most well-drained soils. Emerald Gaiety requires part to full sun and regular watering until established. Can reach 3' tall in the first 10 years, and 3' wide with age. Can be trained to climb or planted in groups for a unique ground cover. Happy Friday!

Transformation Tuesday 05/07/2019

This particular project started off with gravel mixed with dirt, which can result in one big muddy mess whenever it rained. Our client envisioned warm summer nights by a fire pit on the lower level. Our crew went to work on creating a custom flagstone patio, complete with steps to the back porch for easy access, and no mud! Gravel was removed from the upper area and replaced with a layer of weed barrier and new gravel. We made sure to use the same type of gravel to match the lower area to keep a clean, uniform look. We hope you enjoyed this week's installment. Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Liquid vs. Granular Fertilizers - What's the difference?

Happy May from Desert Rose! ’Tis the season for growing, so this month’s blog will review the differences between liquid and granular fertilizers. It is important to understand that they both have their own benefits and one isn't necessarily better than the other. Choosing a fertilizer depends on the reason for the application and the needs of your soil/plants. Most granular fertilizers are slow release and feed the plant continuously over the course of several months or possibly longer (depending on the fertilizer). The granules can be amended with the top layer of soil or may be placed on top of the soil around the root-zone of the plant. Granular fertilizers are great to use for all aroun

Question of the Week 05/04/2019

Q: How often should I schedule maintenance visits? A: It depends on several factors: size of the property, amount of plants, amount of gravel areas, how clean you want your yard to look, etc. The minimum visit for a maintenance contract is 3 man hours once a month. This is only suggested for a small yard that the owner will help maintain between visits. We suggest 3 man hours every two weeks as a minimum for an average sized yard with an average amount of plants. If you want a spotless yard we can visit once a week for 3,6, or even 9 man hours to give your yard the look you want. When in doubt, give our office a call!

Plant of the Week 05/03/2019

Caesalpinia gilliesii 'Hardy' - Zone 5 A hardy variety of the Bird of Paradise. This exotic looking shrub will add a unique look to any yard. Beautiful yellow flowers with a red pistil make this this flower look stunning. In the fall expect minimal color change from the tiny leaves. Plant in full sun and well drained soil. A moderate grower that can reach 6 feet tall and wide. Water regularly the first year. Waterwise once established. Bird of Paradise is a nitrogen fixing plant that needs minimal to no fertilizing.

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