Question of the Week 06/27/2020

Q: Should I use cow manure to fertilize my plants? A: As long as the cow manure is composted, it can be a good fertilizer. However, we recommend using composted cotton burr blend and organic liquid fertilizers for best results.

Plant of the Week 06/26/2020

Rocky Mountain Beeplant Cleome Serrulata Zone 3-7 Tall, skinny stems bloom from bottom to top which provide a long bloom period. Blooms are numerous small, light purple flowers with extremely long pistils that create a beautiful, wispy plant. Long, seed pods that resemble bean stalks begin to appear after the flowers are spent. This only makes the plant look more beautiful since the bean stalks are complimented by the blooms on the top of the plant. Does best in full sun and prefers well drained soils. Blooms midsummer to early fall. Can reach 5' tall and spread a few feet wide. This is a native plant that is an annual and does not come back year after year. Allow plant to reseed itself by

Weekly Tip 06/23/2020

Bee pollinated plants are your best bet for reducing allergens in your yard. These are just some examples of bee-pollinated, allergen-friendly plants, and with selective breeding by knowledgeable cultivators, I'm sure we will see more allergy friendly plants in the future. After reviewing the above list, I’m sure a few of you are thinking, but how do we know if a tree is male or female? For plants that are dioecious (either male or female) it is fairly simple. Take a juniper for example - if it has berries on it, it’s a female. If the tree turns from green to slightly brown several times a year and releases plumes of yellow stuff, it’s a male.

Question of the Week 06/20/2020

Q: Why does my backflow preventer keep dripping? A: Your backflow preventer will need periodic maintenance (which is simple to do and can be done by the homeowner) in order to properly function. Small sediment (a grain of sand) can get stuck between the top rubber gasket and cause the backflow preventer to drip. All you need to fix it is a wrench and a couple of minutes! Feel free to ask one of our irrigation technicians to show you how to properly clean the backflow preventer the next time your system is being serviced!

Plant of the Week 06/19/2020

Globe Artichoke Cynara scolymus Zone 6-11 Thick stalks and green-grey foliage makes this plant look a lot like its cousin, a thistle plant. Large artichokes (usually one large and several small) appear in the summer. Flower is edible but needs to be harvested before it opens. Once it has opened; beautiful, wispy purple colors explode against the grey-green foliage. Looks best when a single specimen is planted so it can really stand out! Prefers well drained soil. A fast grower that can quickly reach 5' tall and wide. Plant in full sun and water regularly for best growth. Water regularly for best growth but can handle moderate drought. Cut plant back in early winter and fertilize in early s

Weekly Tip 06/16/2020

Here's your weekly tip! The mechanism of traveling to a new location helps spread the plant's genetics into new environments and helps to keep the plant from going extinct. While some plants are strictly male or female (dioecious), others can self pollinate (have both parts on the same plant, known as monoecious). And now that we got some basic biology out of the way (phew!), let's talk about how to use that to our advantage to create a low allergy garden. The first goal is to stay away from is wind pollinating plants. These plants produce lots of pollen in hope that a gust of wind will carry its genetics to female plants far away. Think of a male juniper plant, as just a small tap on its

Question of the Week 06/13/2020

Q: My fruit trees haven't been producing very well or very large fruits. What is the problem? A: There are many factors that can affect fruit production. Amount of sunlight, fertilizer and water can all affect healthy fruit growth. First, ensure your fruit tree is getting the proper amount of sunlight and there are no neighboring trees blocking sunlight. Next, make sure your tree is receiving the proper amount of water at the drip line and not at the trunk of the tree. If the tree has irrigation, make sure the emitters have been moved to accommodate the drip line as the tree grows. Lastly, make sure your fertilizing program consists of appropriate levels of both micro and macro nutrients, as

Plant of the Week 06/12/2020

Everest Variegated Sedge Carex oshimensis Zone 5-9 This evergreen not only adds beautiful texture to your garden but the variegated (green and white) blades of grass add a beautiful contrast. A mounding grass that produces small hairy seed pods in the summer months. Plant in full shade to part sun. Looks great in rock gardens, near water features and in mass planting. A moderate grower that can reach 15" tall and 24" wide. Easy to care for with year round interest. Needs well drained, evenly moist soil for best results. Remove faded foliage and prune lightly in early spring.

Weekly Tip 06/09/2020

Allergies and pollen, Oh My! It all comes down to one thing: pollen. And what is the point of pollen? Well, it's time to get uncomfortable and have that talk, yup, about the birds and, well mostly the bees. Pollen is produced by the male parts of a plant. The pollen is carried by the wind or bees to the female parts of a plant in order to create seeds and keep the plant's genetic lineage alive. The seeds are often on the inside of a fruit, berry, or some object (for the most part) that entices an animal to eat it. Once eaten, it is carried inside the animal until the animal’s digestive system expels it. The seeds are often undigested and left in a pile of manure. This deposit creates a great

Question of the Week 06/06/2020

We've been getting a ton of irrigation questions - we hope this clarifies some of the confusion with these important systems! Q: Why does my irrigation need a filter if the water is coming from inside my house? A: House water can have small amounts of sediment that can clog emitters or cause the diaphragm of a valve to get stuck open. The filter helps minimize and prevent some irrigation malfunctions.

Plant of the Week 06/05/2020

Big Bluestem Andropogon gerardii Zone 3-7 A clumping grass that can reach up to 6' tall and 2' wide. Beautiful blue-green blades of grass first appear in early spring and stay around until the beginning of fall. Once fall begins, the blue-green foliage transforms into a mix of orange and maroon that is absolutely stunning. Going into the winter months, the grass will fade into a brownish-tan and will stay like this until it is cut down in the late winter or early spring. Drought tolerant once established, but performs best with regular watering. Adapts to a wide variety of soil types.

Weekly Tip 06/02/2020

e LOVE roses! Here's a helpful tip for taking care of these beautiful flowers: Consider ceasing deadheading at the end of summer. This will allow the remaining blooms to produce hips, the fruit of roses. On some roses, hips are an attractive feature that last through the winter. Also, some growers believe that allowing the hips to develop reduces winter kill of wood.

An In-Depth Look At A Transformation Tuesday FINAL PART

Happy June from Desert Rose! This month’s blog is the final part of our three part series on a landscape we completed last year. The backyard was the largest part of this landscape, which required quite a bit of attention and time. To start, the yard had a slope that needed to be changed in order to accommodate the dramatic changes that were about to take place. Phil was ready to work with his Kubota tractor and moved lots of dirt around (and yes, he did look like a big kid playing in the dirt). The purpose of this was to move dirt from areas that needed to be leveled and take those to even out areas which needed to be raised. After a couple days of work with the tractor the dirt work was co

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