Question of the Week 04/25/2020

Q: I live in Eldorado and have a little more than an acre that I would like mowed to help reduce fire danger. Is this something you guys do? A: Yes! We have a ride on mower and several walk behind mowers that we use for jobs just like this. Give us a call and we will be glad to help!

Plant of the Week 04/24/2020

Purity Candytuft Iberis sempervirens 'Purity' Zone 5-9 Mats of dark green foliage explode with petite, pure white flowers during the spring and once more in the fall with this beautiful ground cover. This low growing plant stays green year around, which helps add interest to your yard in the winter months. A slow grower that can reach 10 inches tall and 12 inches wide. Plant in full sun and well drained soil for best results. Water regularly until established. Plant 1.5-2 feet apart to speed up ground coverage if using as a large groundcover. Has a round growth pattern.

Weekly Tip 04/21/2020

Here are two reasons why it is important to hire a licensed contractor: 1. Basic Protection Obtaining a license in a specific field demonstrates that the person has a minimal level of competence in that field, for everything ranging from safely installing irrigation systems to current building codes. Having a license does not necessarily indicate they are the best at what they do, but that they do have a basic understanding. Legally, a licensed contractor is required to participate in arbitration hearings if any disputes arise. New Mexico Construction Industries Division keeps and publishes complaints against contractors. This is important because it allows potential clients to research a c

Question of the Week 04/18/2020

Q: I have a Blue Mist Spirea that I have had for over 15 years by my back porch. It isn't looking as good as it used to. Does it just need fertilizer and more water to make it look better? A: Unfortunately, plants get old just like we do. Although it is hard to say how long a plant will thrive for (each plant has its own unique set of genetics) 15 years is a pretty good run for a shrub. Fertilizing is always a good thing and if its dry, more water may help, but more than likely the plant will need to be replaced.

Plant of the Week 04/17/2020

Plant of the Week: Bee-You™ Bee Balm Monarda Zone 5-9 Pinkish-purple blooms appear in the summer, with some flowers growing out of other flowers to give this plant a unique look. A mixture of dark and light green vegitation and long purple stems add to this plants beauty. Water regularly to maintain a moist soil. Plant in partial to full sun. A fast grower that can quickly reach 18" tall and 15" wide. Easy to grow and disease resistant. Adapts to a wide variety of soil. Does not do well in dry conditions. Strong sweet basil/sage scent emits from the plant.

Weekly Tip 04/14/2020

So, what ARE the main differences? The biggest difference between licensed and non-licensed contractors is the risk you personally take when hiring one or the other. Landscapers hired to do work at your home or business should at minimum have a business license issued by the city or county in addition to general liability, and worker’s compensation for their employees. They should be able provide you with a copy of their license and proof of insurance (i.e. workers compensation and general liability) can be sent directly from their insurance company to you. Other certifications includes appropriate licensing with the New Mexico Construction Industries Division, such as: 1. MS-06 (related to

Question of the Week 04/11/2020

Q: Can I plant impatiens in the ground? I have a small rock garden that I would love to plant impatiens in. A: As long as the area is partial sun to shade there should be no problem! Just remember impatiens are annuals in New Mexico and will not come back the following year.

Plant of the Week 04/10/2020

Manhattan Euonymus Euonymus kiautschovicus 'Manhattan' Zone 5-8 Dark green, semi-round leaves provide dense foliage that works great as a privacy barrier. Tiny white flowers appear in late summer and are followed by pinkish-red berries in the fall. The berries are a great food source for birds during the fall/winter months. Plant in full sun and water regularly until established. A fast grower that can quickly reach 8 feet tall and 5 feet wide. Evergreen and easy to care for. Tolerates average soils as long as they are well drained. Prune in the spring. This plant is susceptible to euonymus scale (little white bugs on the leaves) so keep an eye out or use horticultural oils as preventative

Weekly Tip 04/07/2020

Here's our weekly tip for hiring contractors: Hiring the cheapest landscape contractor may cost you more in the long run. In most circumstances, unlicensed/uninsured offer lower quotes because they do not pay a licensing fee, or have a bond to protect their work, and in many cases, don’t purchase general liability or worker’s compensation insurance. Without these expenses, the unlicensed /uninsured can offer a lower rate. Although a licensed landscape contractor may not do better work than an unlicensed one, the risk of hiring an unlicensed contractor is too great for homeowners.

An In-Depth Look At A Transformation Tuesday Part I of III

Happy April from Desert Rose! This month's blog is the first of a three part series. In this series we are going to perform in-depth coverage of a landscape which was completed last year. We will cover each step of the transformation, which we hope will help you understand the amount of work that goes into creating a new yard. This transformation was a tricky one due the amount of materials which had to be removed as well as because of all the new materials that had to be brought to the house. In addition to these factors, the client had an upcoming art show that was going to take place at the house and the yard had to be completed before the show. With a strict deadline, plus the amount of

Question of the Week 04/04/2020

Q: Is there any way to prevent all the seeds from the elm trees from falling in my yard? I have a ton of elm's sprouting up all over my yard. A: We understand how you feel! Elm's drop an enormous and ridiculous amount of seeds that are super viable. Elm's seed pods have a large, paper thin seed coating that catches the smallest breeze and allows the seeds to be blow far distances. This seed coating also quickly absorbs water and turns gooey, which moistens the seed and helps it easily germinate. Although there is no way to prevent the seeds from landing in a particular area, removing the seeds often (by using a blower) and doing so before the seeds germinate can help prevent hundreds of Elm

Plant of the Week 04/03/2020

We are looking forward to less windy weather! All Summer Beauty Hydrangea Hydrangea macrophylla 'All Summer Beauty' Zone 5-9 Large round flowers made up of small flat flowers. Large green leaves add a beautiful backdrop to the clustered flowers. Plant in partial sun and water regularly for best growth. Blooms pink and blue with a neutral pH soil, deep blue in acidic soil. Blooms in summer. A moderate grower that can reach 3-5 feet tall. Prefers well drained soil. For best growth fertilize before spring growth. Shape/prune immediately after flowering.

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