Q: Should I dethatch my lawn every year? A: It depends on how thick the thatch is. Thatch is a layer of both living and dead grass and organic material that creates a mat between the soil and grass. Thatch has the important role of insulating the grass roots from extreme temperature changes, conserving moisture and protecting the grass. However if the thatch gets more than 3/4" thick, it can lead to numerous problems that can damage and limit the growth of your lawn. The best
Blue Glow Echinops Echinops bannaticus Blue Glow Zones 3-8 Round, spikey purple flowers add beautiful color and texture against the deep green, thistle like foliage. The flowers are full of nectar which will attract both bees and butterflies. Plant in full sun and water regularly until established. Deer, rabbit and drought resistant. Can reach 4' tall and 18" wide. Tolerates a wide variety of soils. Blooms mid-summer for several weeks. Dead head for best blooming but you can
Our client had a raised flowerbed that was made out of treated timber that was old and weather-worn, not to mention falling over. The flowers in the bed all died, with weeds and grass taking its place.
Three goals: 1. Replace the raised flowerbed with one that was made out of mossrock which was used as a flowerbed. 2.Install irrigation to the plants. 3. Weedbarrier and gravel spread throughout the yard with flagstone steps for a pathway connecting the front to the backyard.
Q: When is the best time to transplant an evergreen? A: For an evergreen, it is ideal to transplant in fall since the temperature is cooler and the plant has less of a chance of heat stress. If you want to transplant in the spring make sure you give enough water to help reduce heat stress as the weather begins to get hotter.
New Mexico Locust Robinia neomexicana Zone 3-8 Gorgeous, pink flowers hang off of branches similar to wisteria. Foliage is made of small, round leaves that form one single leaf. Tree branches have thorns so be mindful when near the tree. Belongs to the pea family so it is capable of pulling nitrogen from the air and fixing it to a usable form for the tree to then use. Can reach 15' tall. Produces lots of suckers that can get out of control if you don’t clip them regularly. To
Consider replacing some of your plants that animals have a preference for with plants that are deer and rabbit resistant. Although we have seen deer and rabbits eat these plants during times of drought, these plants are not as susceptible as others to these animals. Examples of these plants are: Salvia, Vinca, Verbena, Yarrow, Agastache, Spireas, Lavenders, and Geraniums. Funny side note: we have had one client who was having major rabbit issues in Eldorado who decided to lea
Q: What is the purpose of the character stones? A: Character stones add a focal point to a yard and can add texture, color and height depending on the stone. They can also be incorporated into the landscape by using it at the beginning of a dry river bed or use it as a backdrop for a succulent bed. Character stones can really add a lot to a yard especially when placed in the proper spot!
Joe Pye Weed Vernonia missurica Zone 3-8 Also known as Ironweed, this tall, hardy plant can be found as a wildflower throughout New Mexico. Tall stems that can reach 5' tall have long leaves (similar to the leaves on a butterfly bush) that add a nice backdrop to the large, flat clusters of flowers that appear from summer to fall. The flowers slightly resemble asters but are prettier, and have a violet-pink color to them and also attract birds and butterflies. Adaptable to a w
Build custom rabbit/deer cages to go over the plants the animals prefer to eat. Desert Rose offers this service and the price varies on the size of the plant. Once the cage is made, it is staked down to prevent it from being knocked over by the smarter wildlife. The cage completely protects your plants and does not harm any animals who may approach, however, the downside to this option is they can be an eyesore. The good thing is later in the year, the cages can be removed on
Whether you live close to the mountains or in one of our more arid landscapes, you are likely to encounter one of these hungry guests at some point during the year. There are a handful of options you can use as a deterrent which will not harm the animals, the environment, or humans, and can also help to keep your yard looking beautiful. The cheapest and easiest option is to try one of the many different types of repellent sprays. These sprays can be purchased at any of the lo