Question of the Week 12/28/19

Q: Does Desert Rose install lawns? A: Yes we do! We use rolls of sod that can quickly transform any area into a beautiful lawn. Just keep in mind that lawns use a lot of water to establish. We recommend having an irrigation system installed with the lawn in order to maximize water efficiency and to make sure the grass thrives with consistent watering. Also, this is something that is not done in the winter.

Plant of the Week 12/27/19

Charming Fantasy ™ Snowberry - Symphoricarpos 'Kolcharm' Zone 3-7 Pink and white bell-shaped flowers emerge on the stems during summer and turn into white berries that look splashed with a hint of pink. The ornamental berries are eaten by migrating birds. May cause mild illness in humans if consumed. Plant in part to full sun. Water regularly until established. A moderate grower that can reach 4 feet tall and wide. Adaptable to a wide variety of soils. Prune in early spring.

Transformation Tuesday 12/24/19

This week, let's take a look at improving a client's pathway to their front door. The pathway was made of some flagstone steps but it was mostly dirt. Not only was it a tripping hazard, it also wasn't the greatest thing to look at leading up to the house. The dirt was uneven with the left side of the pathway higher than the right side. Also, the canale was located next to the pathway, causing a muddy mess when it rained. Our client wanted to use the same color brick that was under the porch to help give the pathway a seamless look. They also wanted landscape block to run along the driveway to create a border between the wild grass and the driveway. The first step in this transformation was t

Question of the Week 12/21/19

Q: What is metal edging used for? A: Metal edging has many uses for landscaping because of its bendability and durability. It can be used to separate different colors of gravel for pathways. It can be used around trees to separate bark from gravel and it can also be used to define garden beds. Metal edging comes in both green and brown and is fairly easy to install.

Plant of the Week 12/20/19

Mammoth ™ White Garden Mum - Chrysanthemum morifolium 'White' Zone 3-9 Just like a normal mum only bigger! Beautiful, white flowers with the signature golden yellow center will add those beautiful fall flowers to your yard. Plant in full sun and water regularly for best growth. A fast grower that can quickly reach 3' till and 6' wide. Can handle a wide variety of soil types.

Transformation Tuesday 12/17/19

We were astonished to visit this project from 2 planting seasons ago - the new growth was amazing and we love how much greenery has sprouted up!

Question of the Week 12/14/19

Q: When is the best time to cut back Hostas and how low should they be cut? A: Hosta leaves will turn yellow in the fall, then begin to fade and wilt to the ground. Once this happens, feel free to cut the Hostas about an inch above the ground. Hostas will regenerate from the roots every year but you want to leave an inch; that way you know where your Hosta is so you can water it during the winter!

Plant of the Week 12/13/19

Crystal Hops - Humulus x 'Crystal' Zone 4-9 Add a unique look to your yard with this climbing vine. Medium to dark green foliage gives a nice contrast to the pale green flowers that look like pine cones. Flowers can be dried and used for brewing beer! Young shoots are edible. Plant in partial to full sun and well-drained soil. Needs to be supported by a trellis or something for it to climb on. A fast grower that can reach 25' long. Attracts butterflies.

Transformation Tuesday 12/10/19

Our client at this house was unhappy how plain the area between the garage and house looked. There are three drainage canals that would pour the water off of the roof into the dirt and leave behind a muddy mess. The goals for this project were to create a design that would look clean, needed very little to no maintenance and would help divert the water away from the house. The first thing that needed to be done was to create the dry river bed channels so we could divert the water away from the house. Landscape block was then installed around the juniper tree to define a border and to help keep the gravel in its place. Phil selected a variety of cactus to eliminate the need for watering. He c

Question of the Week: 12/07/19

Q: I have a rose that I love but it doesn’t get enough sun anymore because the trees surrounding it have grown and given it too much shade. Can you guys dig it up and move it somewhere it will get more sun? A: Yes, this is something we can do as long as you understand that whenever a plant is transplanting there is always a chance it might not survive. We will do our best to get a good root ball and minimize shock to the plant but there is no guarantee the plant will survive.

Plant of the Week 12/06/19

Heatwave ™ Blast Sage - Salvia (microphylla x greggii) Zone 6-10 Bright green leaves and stems provide a nice foundation to the beautiful reddish-pink flowers. Blooms come in the summer and continue to the first frost. Plant in well-drained soil and full sun for best results. A fast grower that can quickly reach 3' tall and 3' wide. Easy to care for and resistant to pests and diseases.

Dog Friendly Landscaping

Happy December from Desert Rose! In this month’s blog we will review how to create and maintain dog friendly landscapes. Whether you have a cute little Yorkie, a giant mastiff, or something in between, there are many things to consider to make sure your best buddy won't be harmed by the new landscape. We will go over the two main things that need to be considered before starting your landscape: plants being used and walking surfaces. The main idea to be mindful of is what kind of plants will be accessible by your dog. Dogs are curious and always seem to be getting into things they shouldn’t be, and when it comes to some plants that can be fatal. There are a handful of plants that are highl

Transformation Tuesday 12/02/2019

We are always amazed at how nature works! This week, we have another look at what happens after just ONE season after planting. We hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Have a wonderful day!

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