Question of the Week 05/31/2020

Q: I want to start fertilizing my own plants, is there such a thing as over-fertilizing them? A: Yes! Always follow the instructions on the package of the fertilizer. When using synthetic fertilizers there can be a build up of salts in the soil that can also harm your plants (this can take place with constant use and over the course of time). We recommend using organic based fertilizers that work with your soil to feed your plants and keep them healthy. Over-fertilization can cause leaves to burn, and can even kill your plants if you really overdo it. Just follow the instructions on the package and you should have nothing to worry about!

Plant of the Week 05/29/2020

Pink Nodding Onion Allium cernuum Zone 2-7 Beautiful, pink bell shaped flowers are clumped together to form one large flower. The foliage is flat and resembles grass. This edible plant can grow up to 18" tall with the flower "nodding" about 1 foot above the vegetation. Strong onion aroma is released whenever the plant is rubbed. The blooms can be put in salads and the onion bulb can be dug up and eaten. Once the blooms are spent, attractive seed-heads stay behind. Leave seed-heads until early spring to allow the plant to spread if so desired, if not cut the flower once it is spent. Keep in mind the seeds are very viable and this plant can quickly take over gardens. Native to New Mexico and

Question of the Week 05/23/2020

Q: How long should my irrigation system run for? A: Irrigation run times can greatly differ from house to house and even system to system depending on who installs them. We build our irrigation systems to water for 30-45 minute per zone, providing a deep soaking of the plants with minimal run off. Have your irrigation system assessed by a professional before programming it yourself if you are unsure. This can save a lot of wasted water and high water bills.

Plant of the Week 05/22/2020

Corkscrew Willow Salix matsudana 'Tortuosa' Zone 4-8 Thin, long leaves cover the twisty and turning branches to create one of the most unique trees you can plant in New Mexico. This tree has year round interest because of the twisting branches, which are full exposed during the winter months. A fast grower that can quickly reach 20' (but up to 40') tall and 10' (up to 30') wide. Plant in partial to full sun and water regularly. Make sure to plant far away from sidewalks and driveways, as well as plumbing as the aggressive, shallow roots can destroy all these things while seeking out moisture. You can slow down the roots by keeping the soil slightly moist.

Weekly Tip 05/19/2020

If you are not pursuing a career in landscape design, there is no reason to do an exhaustive search on every landscaping term. However, by understanding a few important, phrases you can better communicate with the landscaping professionals you are working with, whether they are improving your property or if you are looking for products at your local garden store. One gallon perennial/shrub: This is actually approx. 2.72 quarts. It is a #1 container, but the trade size is called a one gallon container. Five gallon perennial/shrub: This is actually approx. 3.8 gallons. It is a #5 container, but the trade size is called a five gallon container. Balled & Burlap (B&B): Balled-and-burlapped plants

Question of the Week 05/16/2020

Q: I want to install an irrigation system at my house. Do I want to have the water source before or after the water softener? A: Most water softeners use potassium chloride or sodium chloride to soften the water. If you water your plants with this water it can cause a build up of salt in the soil known as sodic soil. This is not good for you plants and should be avoided. The best bet is to have a plumber tap into the water line before the water reaches the water softener and use that as the water source for your irrigation.

Plant of the Week 05/15/2020

Nannyberry Viburnum Viburnum lentago Zone 3-8 A nice looking shrub that can grow the height of a tree. Blooms stunning creamy-white flowers in the spring, which turn into blue clusters of berries that are enjoyed by birds and are edible to humans. This plant self-pollinates so there is no need for another nannyberry of the opposite gender in the same area. Leaves turn beautiful maroon in the fall. Plant in partial to full sun and water regularly for best growth. A moderate grower that can reach 16' tall and 12' wide. Prune in late winter to promote new growth in the spring.

Weekly Tip 05/12/2020

Having a basic understanding of landscaping lingo not only ensures that you will get what you want when coordinating with a company, but that you will also know what to ask for from the company with whom you are working. Regardless of whether you are taking on a spring project on your own or working longterm with a landscape designer, there are some common measurement terms that are helpful to know: Yard or Cubic yard: A cubic yard is the volume of material that fits in a space one yard wide by one yard deep by one yard high. (3 feet x 3 feet x 3 feet) Cubic yards are used to measure materials ranging from concrete to cover a driveway to mulch for your garden. Ton: A unit of weight equal to

Question of the Week 05/09/2020

We have received this particular question quite a lot so we wanted to help and address the issue! Q: I noticed this web on my tree this morning. What is it? A: Those are called tent caterpillars. They "overwinter" as eggs on twigs, mostly on aspens. If it is a small web like the one shown, the easiest way to take care of them is to cut the branch, drip the web in soap and water. place in a plastic bag, secure the bag, and dispose in the trash. If it is a larger infestation, you would need to spray insecticides that contain Bacillus Thuringiensis which is commonly used in organic farming. Hoping everyone a wonderful weekend!

Plant of the Week 05/08/02020

Pincushion Cactus Escobaria Vivipara Zone 4-9 A small, barrel shaped cactus that is covered in large spines. Blooms in summer with beautiful pink flowers that resemble eyelashes. Yellow pollen against the pink flowers add a pretty contrast that makes this cactus great near character stones or a cactus garden. Expect bees and hummingbirds to visit the flowers. A compact cactus that rarely grows larger than 10 inches. Plant in soil ammended with sand to provide proper drainage.Water occasionally when planting, be careful to not drown. Rain is usually sufficient for water once established.

Weekly Tip 05/05/2020

Just like every other industry, businesses involved in landscaping have their own jargon related to everything from appearance of shrubs to zone designations for planting. In the next few weeks, we will go over some common industry terms you might hear! Soil mender: Desert Rose uses “Back To Earth Cotton Burr Blend” which consists of composted cotton burrs, composted shredded hardwood, and composted feedstock. This makes BTE Cotton Burr Blend an ideal general-purpose mulch for amending clay or sandy soils. This product is available with elemental sulfur to help neutralize high pH soils. It also contains no chemicals, weeds, insects, or harmful pathogens. Soils low in organic matter and humus

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

Happy May from Desert Rose! This month's blog is part two of a three part series all about a substantial landscaping improvement project completed by Desert Rose. If you missed the first part, check it out here, but if you did not, we will pick up where we left off - at the gate. After walking through the gate to the side of the house, the first thing you see is another gate between the house and the studio. The first thing to be done was to remove the second fence and gate to ensure that the yard wouldn’t feel so isolated. Once the debris was cleared out we began trenching a dry river bed next to the studio to help divert the water from the canales to the front yard. This was completed by u

Question of the Week 05/02/2020

Q: I have notice my Euonymus is turning yellow and there are white little specks on the leaves. What is it and what do I do? A: What you are seeing on the leaves is most likely Euonymus scale. They look like little white bugs and do not fly. They survive by sucking out the moisture and nutrients from the plants leaves and can destroy an Euonymus if not addressed. It's best to spray with some sort of horticultural oil (dormant, neem etc.), and as always follow the instructions on the bottle.

Plant of the Week 05/01/2020

Northern Sea Oats Chasmanthium latifolium Zone 4-9 Long, green blades of grass cover stems that slightly resemble miniature bamboo. In the summer, flatten wheat-like seeds bend the stems and move gracefully with the summer breeze. Beautiful fall colors that fade into brown during the winter. Provides an excellent shelter and food source for birds during the winter. Water regularly , prefers moist soils. Plant in part shade to part sun. A fast grower that can quickly reach 3' tall and 2' wide. Grows well in poor soils, which makes this plant great for most yards. Cut back in late winter before new growth emerges. Provides year-round interest. Looks best in rock gardens and around water feat

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