How to care for geraniums

How to care for Geraniums

How to care for Geraniums.  Geraniums love the full sun during the spring and fall seasons but not the full hot southwest sun during mid-summer so it’s best to place where there is afternoon shade. They can tolerate drought conditions and don’t mind if you plant them in pots as matter of fact they thrive […]

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How to Grow Star Jasmine Vine

How to Grow Star Jasmine Vine (Trachelospermum jasminoides).  This vine will do well in the southwest providing you follow some of the recommendations outlined in this article. It is an exceptionally fast growing evergreen vine that will do well in partial shade.  It does not mind the hot southwest weather but it will do better […]

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Poplar Trees Landscapine

Poplar trees landscaping

Poplar trees for landscaping.  Their botanical name is (Populus) or Cottonwood.  They are fast-growing trees and require lots of water.  They are in the Salicaceae or willow family and depending on how much water they receive they can grow up to 1-2 ft. per year. The bark on young Poplar trees is smooth, white to greenish or […]

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The Japanese Barberry Bush

The Japanese Barberry Bush

The Japanese Barberry Bush (Berberis thunbergii) is a great little colorful plant that fits into almost any type of landscape design. A nice shiny burgundy almost red plant that works well in a Xeriscape area or a more oriental or formal type of landscape.  They do need regular watering even after they have become established.  It […]

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Growing Grape Vines at Home

Growing Grape Vines at Home

Growing Grape Vines at Home.  A list of Grape Vines you can grow in your backyard.  Grape vines tolerate poor soils but will do better with good loamy well-drained soils.  Caliche or hard types soils are not ideal for the growing of grape vines. How to Grow Grapes at home Most varieties of grape vines will […]

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How to keep birds away from fruit trees

How to keep birds away from fruit trees

How to keep birds away from fruit trees.  Before we get ahead and find the right way to keep birds away from your fruit trees it is important to note that it is illegal to kill most migratory birds.  Except for pigeons, house sparrows, and European starlings.  Each state has its own laws make sure you […]

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Chilean Mesquite Tree

Chilean Mesquite Tree

The Chilean Mesquite also called a thornless Mesquite tree (Prosopis chilensis) does very well in the southwestern United States. It will grow to about 40’ft. tall and 40ft’ wide. It is a thornless mesquite tree and provides lots of good shade during the hot summer months.  A very majestic looking tree for home landscaping. It […]

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The Podocarpus Hedge

The Podocarpus Hedge

The Podocarpus Hedge Plant (Podocarpus macrophyllus) Also called the African Fern Pine.  A great looking upright evergreen plant that can be used as a patio tree.  It can do well in larger containers for that formal topiary look.  It is grown and used for privacy screens, topiary,  and hedges. The foliage is tuff with long needle-like leaves […]

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How to build a small pond in your backyard

How to build a small pond in your backyard

How to build a small pond in your backyard. In this article, I will show you how to build a small pond a by your self and where to find the right tools and products you need to accomplish your pond building project Where to place your small pond The first thing you need to […]

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Plant Root Stimulator

Plant Root Stimulator

What is “plant root stimulator”?  Is it a vitamin for plants? Or is it just a type of fertilizer?  So how does it work? Do I really need to use it? Good questions? Without a good root system, your plants will have a tuff time growing and thriving. What is Plant Root Stimulator? It works by […]

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