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August 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 extr...

August 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 wate...

August 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 mad...

August 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 hel...

August 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...

August 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.


August 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...

August 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 lar...

August 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 ca...

August 4, 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 environme...

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