Question of the Week 08/29/2020

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 time to dethatch depends on the type of lawn you have. For cool season grass dethatch in early spring or early fall; for warm season grasses, late spring through early summer.

Plant of the Week 08/28/2020

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 also leave spent flowers for fall interest.

Transformation Tuesday 08/25/2020

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. First, we remove treated timber and hauled out the debris. The clump of aspens that was next to the house were dead. We cut them down and dug out the roots. Red bark that was spread in the front yard also needed to be r

Question of the Week 08/22/2020

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.

Plant of the Week 08/21/2020

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. Tolerates a wide variety of soil types. Blooms appear late spring to summer, followed by bean pods that contain seeds that are toxic if eaten. Water regularly for best growth but can withstand moderate drought. Plant in pa

Weekly Tip 08/18/2020

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 leave a bowl of fresh greens every couple days about 100 feet from his garden as a peace offering for the rabbits. He said he doesn’t have the issue of rabbits in his yard anymore, so maybe he is onto something!

Question of the Week 08/15/2020

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!

Plant of the Week 08/14/2020

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 wide variety of soil types. Plant in full sun and water occasionally once established. A very aggressive grower that can be difficult to get rid of. Can spread several feet (similar to a Russian sage) so be mindful of loc

Weekly Tip 08/11/2020

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 once the new, tender growth that the animals prefer becomes mature vegetation - just be sure you have somewhere to store the cages (when not in use) if you choose to go this route!

Weekly Tip 08/04/2020

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 local nurseries and can easily be applied by you (or by Desert Rose, if you would like!). But be warned, these sprays can smell terrible! A few notable (but effective) ingredients can include coyote urine (to make the anim

How To Properly Plant Your Pots: Part II

Happy August from Desert Rose! We are excited to conclude the blog that we began last month, in which we began to review some commonly asked questions around planting pots. In this month's blog we will go details of how to properly plant your pots. However, keep in mind that since pots come in many different sizes and shapes, the following information should be used as guidelines. Our first tip is about visualizing the planting arrangement that you would like in your pot. Always lay out your plants prior to planting, take a picture with your phone, and then plant. This allows you to shift around plants easily until you are absolutely sure of your final layout. Scrape the side and bottom of r

Question of the Week 08/01/2020

Q: I live in Eldorado and there is an area in my backyard that tunnels the wind into a strong gust that breaks and snaps my agastache plants. What can I do to fix this? A: There are a couple of options that can fix this. 1. A fence can be placed to help divert the wind and protect the plants. 2. Plant some large shrubs or trees to act as a wind break. Plants such as bamboo, pampas grass, pine trees and junipers and arborvitaes are all great choices! Either option will make a huge difference and help prevent the breaks and snaps.

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