Transformation Tuesday 03/31/2020

Happy Tuesday everyone! We hope that your allergies aren't too bad! Stay safe, be happy. The client wanted to have a large, flagstone patio that flowed out from the cement slab. They also wanted flagstone steps that looped around the house for ease of access around the property. In order for us to keep the flagstone patio flush with the cement slab, we needed to divide the yard into three-tiers. This would allow each tier of the yard level, versus the flagstone patio being level and the rest of the yard sloped. We achieved this by using landscape block to build a 2 block tall mini-retaining wall at the beginning of each tier. We started with marking all the areas where the block would go as

Question of the Week 03/28/2020

While you are spending time at home, send us all your landscaping related questions! Q: How can I prevent my fruit tree from late frosts? A: An old trick is to put frozen jugs around the base of the fruit tree every night to trick the tree into thinking it is colder than what it is until the risk of frost is gone. It helps keep the tree dormant so the blooms don’t freeze off during a late frost.

Plant of the Week 03/27/2020

Morpho Grand Blue Larkspur Delphinium grandiflorum 'Morpho Grand Blue' Zone 3-7 Thin, green leaves that slightly resemble rosemary vegetation covers most of this plant from spring until summer. Once summer comes around beautiful, blue flowers cover the top of this moderate grower. Blooms attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Remove spent blooms to promote flowering. This plant can reach 24" tall and 18" wide. Water regularly for best growth. Plant in part sun.

Weekly Tip 03/24/2020

Well Santa Feans, as we bunker down for the next few weeks, Desert Rose will go over some of the things to look into before bringing on a landscaping individual or company to work on your projects! There are many options available when looking to hire landscaping maintenance services - big chains, local companies, private individuals, and your neighbor’s teenager. The choices can be confusing, but it is important to do your research and take time when choosing a company. One bad pick can result in poor services rendered, money lost, and even legal issues.

Question of the Week 03/21/2020

Q: My aspen trees seem to be leafing out early this year. Will a freeze or snow damage my tree? A: If it is a deep enough freeze the leaves will die off and the tree will produce a new set. This can be stressful for the tree but it can handle it as long as it happens less than a few times. If it is a lighter freeze the leaves may not fall off but there most likely will be damage to the leaf. The leaves will appear with black spots on them and unfortunately there is nothing that can be done about this.

Plant of the Week 03/20/2020

Lead Plant Amorpha Zone 3-8 A beautiful native flower that can be found growing wild throughout New Mexico. Purple, violet and magenta colors explode off of the unique shaped flowers. Small greenish-blue foliage stays low to the ground. Needs little water or care. Plant in sun to part shade with minimum amendments made to the soil (unless to improve drainage). Prefers well drained soils but adaptable to most soils. Blooms early to mid summer. Seed pods that resemble green bean pods appear after blooming.

Weekly Tip 03/17/2020

Choose “Fire Smart” Plants When selecting plants, keep the following tips in mind: -Minimize using evergreen shrubs and trees within 30 feet of a structure since junipers, pinion, and pines contain oils which make these plants burn with great intensity. -Select plants that are low-growing with high a moisture content. -Deciduous trees like maples and ash trees are generally more fire resistant than evergreens because they have a higher moisture content when in leaf and a lower fuel volume when dormant, and they typically do not contain flammable oils. Here is a list of a few fire resistant plants: Ground Covers: Iceplans, Veronica Speedwell Vines: Clematis, Honeysuckle Perennials: Columbi

Question of the Week 03/14/2020

Q: There are still some old berries on my crab apple from over the winter. It looks messy with the new growth coming out. Is there anything I can do to improve the look? A: The crab apples are usually consumed by birds through the winter. If there are still crab apples left over, you can simply pull them off by hand and throw them away or compost them.

Plant of the Week 03/13/2020

Sweet woodruff Galium odoratum Zone 5-9 Cute, tiny white flowers cover deep green foliage on this low growing ground cover. Blooms appear in late spring to summer. Foliage has a vanilla scent when dried. Plant in full to partial shade, which make this plant great for those dark corners in your garden. A moderate grower that can spread indefinitely via underground roots. Can reach 12" tall. Easy to care for and deer resistant. Prefers well drained soils but will tolerate most soils. Cut back to just above ground level in late fall once the foliage turns brown.

Weekly Tip 03/10/2020

Never too early to prepare your landscape! 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 and choice of plants that offers the best defense, and at the same time improves the look of your property. The goal is to surround the house with things that are less likely to burn.

Gophers and Holes, Oh My!

Happy March from Desert Rose! In this month's blog we are going to discuss something Santa Fe has been seeing a lot more recently…gophers. Gophers are very problematic in a landscape and can cause serious damage in a very short amount of time. Gophers create tunnels underground that can be fairly shallow. These tunnels can collapse when a pet or a person walks on them, which can cause injury, like sprained ankles or torn ligaments. Gophers also leave behind mounds of dirt around your yard which not only look bad, but further act as tripping hazards as well. However, the biggest way gophers damage yards is by eating the roots of grass, plants and shrubs. This not only stresses the plants, but

Question of the Week 03/07/2020

Q: Is there anything I can do to prevent weeds? I don’t want to spray herbicide because I'm worried it will get on the new growth of the plants. A: There are several products that help prevent weeds on the market right now. These work differently from herbicides since they do not directly attack living plants; rather they create a barrier to prevent germination of seeds. Most are safe to apply around and even on established plants without harming them. They are usually granular and need to be spread with a rotary spreader. We will not recommend any by name but a quick search online will help you find several brands at local stores. As always, read and follow all the directions and wear the p

Plant of the Week 03/06/2020

Claret Cup Hedgehog Cactus Echinocereus triglochidiatus Zone 4-8 A clumping cactus that slowly grows 2 feet tall and 18 inches wide. Beautiful bright red flowers appear in spring and are followed by sweet, edible pods. Doesn’t need water, grows best when soil is amended with sand to improve drainage. Needles on cactus are thick and do not attach to skin easily like other cacti (prickly pear or cholla). Plant in full sun. Looks best when planted among other cacti in a rock flower bed.

Weekly Tip 03/03/2020

Here's your weekly Spring Tip! Be aware that older rose wood will be brown or flaky-barked instead of the green of newer wood, but this older wood is often still alive and can be important to the central framework of the plant. Don’t mistake old brown wood for dead wood. You can test if wood is alive by tracing: lightly scratching it with your pruners. Green or bright white on the inside means it’s alive; brown all through means it’s dead.

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