Planting Tips

Choose desert-friendly plants that thrive in our dry climate. There are literally hundreds of plant options to choose from, and rebates are available for replacing turf with a desert-friendly landscape.

How to Plant a Tree

How to Plant a Tree

A correctly planted tree will grow more quickly, will be healthier and more attractive, and will live longer than an incorrectly planted one. A healthy tree will also have a stronger and larger root system better able to draw moisture from the soil. This allows it to...

Tree Species We Love

Tree Species We Love

There are so many types of trees to choose from. We don’t blame you for being confused. Here are some of our favorites, just a small list of the many trees available here in New Mexico. Before you head out to buy your tree, though, let’s chat a little bit about them....

Planting trees in fall

Planting trees in fall

Three reasons why fall is a great time to plant trees: Trees planted in the fall perform better come spring, compared to those planted in the summer, because tree roots are still active over the winter. This winter root development of newly planted trees, prepares it...

Planting Tips for Raised beds

Planting Tips for Raised beds

Many homeowners are interested in planting in raised beds. It can be great for homeowners who worry about their soil. Planting in raised beds allows you to add the exact soil you want. Another popular reason is the interesting visual element the raised bed will...

Summer Blooming Lavender

Summer Blooming Lavender

The genus Lavandula is a favorite group of ornamental herbs native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean. These are sun-loving plants that thrive in hot weather and grow well in the West in a wide range of soils, even compost-enriched garden loams, as long as they...

Flower Fitness

Flower Fitness

Many flowers will bloom longer or bloom again after a short rest if the spent flower stems are removed once the blossoms fade. Wildflowers such as Penstemon may be longer-lived if the spent flower stems are removed before the plants put energy into producing seeds....

Creating Habitats That Attract Wildlife

Creating Habitats That Attract Wildlife

There are several garden amenities that both wildlife and people find especially important: Layers of planting from tall tree canopies to low- growing groundcovers. The protection of dense vegetation in some areas and open spaces in others: groups of shrubs, flowers...

Low-Water-Use Plants

Low-Water-Use Plants

Choose native and low-water-use plants whenever possible. From the low desert of southern New Mexico to the foothills of the northern mountains, there is an amazing diversity of water-wise plants that we can use in our gardens. Whether you want to have year-round...

Rethinking Our Lawns

Rethinking Our Lawns

New Mexico is the land of enchantment. The blue- grass state is Kentucky. People love our sunny skies and low humidity; bluegrass does not. How much thirsty lawn is appropriate here? Kentucky bluegrass is a cool season grass that requires a minimum of 40 inches of...

Digging the Dirt

Digging the Dirt

If you’re planting a lawn, a vegetable garden or fruit trees, you may need to add generous amounts of compost to your soil before you plant so that the soil absorbs and holds water more efficiently. If you’re landscaping with native and xeric plants, you probably...

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