Design your perfect garden

Design your perfect garden

Now is the time to design your perfect garden. Outdoor gardening is something that many do for a love of nature and for a chance to relax. Some do a little and are happy with that, but others take it much more seriously. They may come up with amazing garden designs that would take your […]

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what is fertilizer

What is fertilizer

What is fertilizer?   Have you ever wondered what are those three numbers on a bag, box, or package of fertilizer mean?  How do you analyze them? What about chemicals versus organic?  Why do we need to fertilize our plants and trees in the first place? I will answer these questions in the best layman’s terms […]

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Xeriscape landscaping ideas

Xeriscape landscaping ideas

Xeriscape landscaping ideas. Gardening full time is a great way to relax, then enjoy the fruits of your labor.  But there are still those who have a hard time gardening or don’t want to bother going outdoors and enjoy their landscape area. Whether you have too much going on at work or too many kids […]

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Red Tip Photinia

Red Tip Photinia

Red Tip Photinia (P. fraseri) – As the name suggests the tips of this plant are red almost year-round.  It is a  good looking evergreen hedge plant that is dense and grows quickly.  Great for blocking the neighbor’s view or as a privacy windbreak plant.  If left alone they will grow up to 12 ft. […]

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Planting Violas

Planting Violas  (Violaceae family) in the southwest is a bit challenging.  These colorful plants love the fun during the spring seasons however once the hot summer heat arrives it’s best to place them in shade.  Weeds and Violas will compete with water so it is important to remove all weeds that are nearby. Use them […]

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Insects and Diseases on plants

Insects and diseases on plants are a big problem for almost any part of the U.S. or in the world, and the Southwest U.S.region has its share of pests and diseases.  Many folks have no idea why a plant looks magnificent one day then almost withers away a few days later. It’s always best to […]

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Preparing garden for fall

Preparing garden for fall

Preparing your garden for fall Preparing the garden for fall. Ahhh, fall! With the changing colors, the bright, sunny days, and the cool, crisp nights, autumn is the perfect time to work in the garden. After a hot summer, the still-warm soil protects the root systems of new plantings, helps divided perennials survive the cut, […]

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Ajuga Reptans Plants

Ajuga Reptans Plants

What are Ajuga Reptans plants?  They go by other names mainly Bugleweed, Carpet Bugle, Carpet weed, and ground pine.  These plants are low-growing easy to maintain plants and used for ground cover in gardens, landscapes, or containers.  They are mostly used and grown for there attractive foliage colors. Most gardeners use them in pots for […]

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How to block neighbors view of my yard

How to block neighbors view of my yard

Here is a question I get all the time “How to block neighbors view of my yard”?  What you need are privacy plants,  It seems folks want something that will block the neighbors from looking into your yard.  Often times they want to block the view of the neighbor’s yard.  Either way, there are plants […]

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The Mesquite Tree

The Mesquite Tree

The Mesquite tree (Prosopis glandulosa) or is it a large bush?  In its natural habitat, it is a desert bush that needs little water and tolerates poor soils.  It will lose its leaves in winter (deciduous) but will always bounce back right after the last freeze.  Most folks look for the Mesquite to leaf out […]

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Best Indoor Low Maintenance Plants

Best Indoor Low Maintenance Plants

Here is a list of the best indoor low maintenance plants for those who are looking for easy-care plants for indoor decoration. Many non-gardening people want indoor plants and they want pretty, flowering, low water plants that are easy to maintain!  It’s not as hard as some people think.  Below are some good plants that […]

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