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Why Trees Die

Why Trees Die

Have you ever heard of forensic arboriculture? Probably not … but it is a thing! Figuring out why trees die can be a challenge as there are often multiple causes, and the clues may be obscured by time or a deep layer of rock mulch. If you look at enough dead and dying...

Amorpha fruticosa, False Indigo

Amorpha fruticosa, False Indigo

Type: Deciduous Exposure: Sun/Shade Water Use: Medium Mature Size: 10’ x 10’ This beautiful deciduous native shrub fills with unique purple spiked flowers in May and June. This plant is adored by wildlife for its small seedpods, and pollinators love the flowers. It...

Plants for Passive Rainwater Harvesting Gardens

Plants for Passive Rainwater Harvesting Gardens

Passive rainwater harvesting is a great way to optimize your landscape while minimizing water use. So you may ask, “What are active and passive rainwater harvesting?” Active rainwater harvesting involves collecting rainwater runoff from roofs and other impermeable...

Favorite Mediterranean Plants for Albuquerque Area Landscapes

Favorite Mediterranean Plants for Albuquerque Area Landscapes

The word Mediterranean may bring to mind rows of lavender in southern France, an Italian villa or maybe a Spanish courtyard or Greek olive orchard. These areas around the Mediterranean Sea all share unique plants and garden design methods that are part of their allure...

Carolina jessamine, Glesemium sempervirens

Carolina jessamine, Glesemium sempervirens

Type: Vines Exposure: Sun/Shade Water Use: Medium Mature Size: Climbing x 10’ wide This vine, also known as Carolina jasmine and the state flower of South Carolina, has shiny green leaves growing on reddish brown climbing stems. In early spring, it puts out fragrant...

Recipe for a High Desert Meadow

Recipe for a High Desert Meadow

Being someone so immersed in planting design in my daily life and someone who is so plainly in love with plants, both wild and cultivated, it can be difficult to narrow my focus and play favorites. I owe this relationship with plants unequivocally to my grandmother...

Efficient Irrigation Rebate Highlights

Efficient Irrigation Rebate Highlights

The Water Authority offers several rebates for irrigation efficiency equipment that might help you reduce water use your yard. You also can contact a Water Authority irrigation specialist at AskAnExpert@abcwua.org for a consultation or efficient irrigation...

Food Forests, a Prehistoric Agroecosystem for your Backyard

Food Forests, a Prehistoric Agroecosystem for your Backyard

Food forests and edible landscapes have been around for a very long time. They are what helped ancient humans survive and thrive. Hunter-gatherers likely did not expend precious energy by wandering aimlessly, hoping to find sustenance, but rather they were able to...

Kaleidoscape: Vivid Blooms Create a Rainbow of Color

Kaleidoscape: Vivid Blooms Create a Rainbow of Color

Color has a more dramatic impact in a garden if plants with strong flower colors are juxtaposed against one another. In this Kaleidoscape design by Judith Phillips, the blue-purple blooms of dwarf butterfly bush, desert sage, catmint, lavender and vitex are contrasted...

Bosque Restoration Would Benefit Endangered Fish

Bosque Restoration Would Benefit Endangered Fish

Water flowing from the Southside Water Reclamation Plant is so clear that a person can see rocks at the bottom of the riverbed, and the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority is trying to make that outflow a better habitat for fish and more accessible...

Loungescape: A Strikingly Beautiful and Low Maintenance Yard

Loungescape: A Strikingly Beautiful and Low Maintenance Yard

A lot goes into creating a landscape plan, and it helps to have some expert help. Local landscape architect George Radnovich, FASLA, created this design for those opting for a low maintenance yard. You can follow his design right down to each individual plant or...

5 in 5: Our 5 most read articles in our 5 years!

5 in 5: Our 5 most read articles in our 5 years!

In celebration of five years of bringing you 505Outside, we’d like to share our most popular articles from the website. 505Outside is your resource for beautiful, desert friendly landscapes. Desert friendly landscapes are resilient, sustainable, enjoyable and...

Albuquerque Soils

Albuquerque Soils

Albuquerque has a variety of soil types. Learning what type of soil is in your yard is a critical step to understanding how water will infiltrate the soil and how long specific plants need to be watered to get the water to the correct depth. VALLEY SOILS Valley soils...

Wildscape Landscape Plan: A Celebration of Wildlife in Your Landscape

Wildscape Landscape Plan: A Celebration of Wildlife in Your Landscape

A lot goes into designing a landscape; hence, there’s an entire profession called landscape architecture devoted to designing outdoor spaces. We won’t be able to make you a landscape architect today, but we’re sharing a unique landscape plan designed by New Mexico...

Coolscape Landscape Plan: A Cool and Calming Southwestern Oasis

Coolscape Landscape Plan: A Cool and Calming Southwestern Oasis

A lot goes into designing a landscape, hence there’s an entire profession called landscape architecture devoted to designing outdoor spaces. We won’t be able to make you a landscape architect today, but we’re sharing a unique landscape plan designed by landscape...

How to Build a Trellis

How to Build a Trellis

One of the questions the Water Authority xeriscape inspector gets asked most often is how to inexpensively build a trellis for vines. You can make a DIY trellis from materials that are easy to find at your local hardware store. Off-the-shelf trellises can be...

Cultivating Inner and Outer Climate Resilience

Cultivating Inner and Outer Climate Resilience

It’s been a rough few months in the 505. We’re having a challenging gardening season, to say the least. Dry. Hot. Intense. The unraveling of our climate has been on full display. Whether you’re choosing more adaptive plants and creating habitat or beginning your...

DIY Xeriscape Conversions that Use Wood Chip Mulch

DIY Xeriscape Conversions that Use Wood Chip Mulch

As Albuquerque area homeowners convert their high-water-use turf grass to desert friendly xeriscapes, many are opting for wood chip mulch rather than gravel or other aggregate, which can be hot and allow weeds to pop up.  The Water Authority checked in on two...

Xeriscape Conversions on the West Side that Use Wood Chip Mulch

Xeriscape Conversions on the West Side that Use Wood Chip Mulch

As homes around the Greater Albuquerque Area are converting their high-water-use turf grass to desert friendly xeriscapes, many are choosing to use wood chip mulch instead of gravel or other aggregate, which can be hot and allow weeds to pop up.  The Water...

Wildscape Landscape Type

Wildscape Landscape Type

The Albuquerque metro area has a wide variety of landscapes. These include desert friendly landscapes, lush pollinator friendly xeriscapes and wildscapes or prairie plantings where native grasses and wildflowers bring the feel of a prairie to a yard and attract...

Xeriscape Conversions That Use Shredded Wood Chip Mulch

Xeriscape Conversions That Use Shredded Wood Chip Mulch

As homeowners around the Greater Albuquerque area are converting their high-water use turfgrass areas to desert-friendly xeriscapes, many are choosing to use wood chip mulch instead of gravel, which can be hot, expensive and also very good at cultivating weeds. Gravel...

Rain Garden Landscape Type

Rain Garden Landscape Type

The Albuquerque metro area has a wide variety of landscape types, which include desert-friendly landscapes, lush pollinator-friendly xeriscapes and wildscapes or prairie plantings where native grasses and wildflowers bring the feel of a prairie to a yard. Rain gardens...

The “Wow Factor” – Summer Containers Simplified

The “Wow Factor” – Summer Containers Simplified

One of our favorite things to do at Bennu Organics is design container gardens. We like to talk about the “wow factor,” and containers are a fantastic way to add stunning, season-long color to our landscapes without digging a single hole in our hard, unforgiving soil....

Edible Garden Landscape Type

Edible Garden Landscape Type

The Albuquerque metro area has a wide variety of landscapes. These include desert-friendly landscapes, lush pollinator-friendly xeriscapes and wildscapes or prairie plantings where native grasses and wildflowers bring the feel of a prairie to a yard. Rain gardens are...

Drip System in Raised Beds or Veggie Rows

Drip System in Raised Beds or Veggie Rows

Edible garden landscapes need to have dedicated valves so they can be watered more frequently than our average desert-friendly landscapes. These landscapes should not be watered at the same time as the rest of the drip zones. The key to growing the best quality...

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