Transformation Tuesday: TONS of Gravel
The client had a blank slate for their front driveway and wanted it to be graveled, incorporating the mature cholla cactus that was already present. Our first step was to install mossrock borders along the sides of the driveway and around the cholla cactus to create a cactus island. We also made a border for the flowerbed near the entrance. Once the mossrock was cut, fitted, and installed, we started planting. For the cactus island, we added Prickly Pear, Bear Grass, and a Ro
Question of the Week: Alternative Weed Barrier
Q: I heard newspaper is a great alternative to weed barrier. Can I use that instead of fabric weedbarrier? A: Newspaper can work as an alterative to weed barrier and has the added benefit of breaking down and adding organic material to your soil. However, the newspaper may only last one season before having to be replaced.
In this month's blog, we address different types of landscape edging. Using edging is a great way to divide any two areas from each other with a clean break. Whether it is to separate two different colored gravels, bark from gravel, or any other separation, edging helps to give the area a finished look. There are several different types of edging and each one has its pros and cons. We do have our preferred types of edging, but that doesn’t mean any particular type of edging
Question of the Week: Debris
Q: I have a huge juniper hedge that has a ton of trash and debris under it. I worry it is a fire hazard. Is there any way to clean it out? A: Although it is extremely difficult to remove absolutely all the debris, it is possible to get most of it. By using a blower, a rake, and reaching in there with your hands (make sure you use gloves) you can remove a large amount of the debris. We would also recommend possibly trimming up the bottom of the juniper a few inches so it will
Plant of the Week: Red Autumn Sage
Red Autumn Sage Salvia greggii Zone 6-9 Uniquely shaped, bright red flowers cover the top of this shrub from early summer to mid-fall. A moderate grower that can reach 3' tall and wide. Plant in well drained soil and water regularly until established, then occasionally. Full sun helps promote better blooms. Prune spent flowers to keep the shrub looking its best, cut down to 1/3 in late fall.
Transformation Tuesday: Focal on the Pergola
Finishing up our 3 part series. With the pergola constructed and in place, it was time for us to get to work on the rest of the yard. We used the landscape block to create an upper and lower level for the yard. This helps to emphasize the pergola as the focal point of the area. The block was stacked 3 blocks high, as well as having 3 steps incorporated for ease of access. Once the caps were installed it was time to work on the flagstone pathway and patio. The flagstone was c
Question of the Week: Gravel Contrast
Q: What are the benefits of using two different types of gravel in my yard? A: Different type of gravel add a better contrast of textures and colors to your yard. Whether it is River Rock in a dry river bed surrounded by Pueblo Rose or another combination it can add an extra zing!
Plant of the Week: Neon Flash
Neon Flash Spirea Spiraea japonica 'Neon Flash' Zone 4-8 Light green foliage is covered by large clusters of dainty, pink flowers. Blooms in early summer. Deadhead immediately after blooms are spent to encourage a second bloom. A moderate grower that can reach 3' tall and wide. Foliage turns red in early spring and late fall. Attracts birds, butterflies and bees. Plant in full sun for best growth, but can tolerate part sun. Prefers well-drained soils. Hard prune in early spri