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Desert Plants Names and Pictures

Desert Plants Names and Pictures If you are looking for maintenance free low watering landscape then these are the plants you want to buy.  They all need full sun and can tolerate partial shade but they need at least 6 hours of full sun. Do desert plants need water sprinkler installed? No they don’t most […]

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What is fertilizer

What is fertilizer?  Have you ever wondered what are those three numbers on a bag, box or package of fertilizer suppose to mean?  How do you analyze them? What about chemicals versus organic?  Why do we need to fertilize our plants and trees? These numbers analyze the amount of Nitrogen, Potash, and Phosphate (NPK). These nutrients […]

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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 […]

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The Western Cottonwood Tree

The Western Cottonwood Tree

The Western Cottonwood tree (Poplar Family) goes by many names including the following. Rio Grande Cottonwood The Fremonti Cottonwood  Alamo Cottonwood They are the same tree and will grow up to 60ft. in height and about 30ft. in width. The Western Cottonwood Tree   The Western Cottonwood likes water and will grow close to riverbanks […]

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Water Collection Solutions for Sustainable Households

Water Collection Solutions.  Water is the driving force of all nature. Humans, animals, plants, we all need water to survive. We can manage for three weeks without food but only three to five days without water. There is no life without water because every cell in our body needs it to keep functioning. We are […]

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How to use insecticidal soaps

How to use insecticidal soaps? Will they work? Well, they do and they don’t!  Most of our customers have tried to use some type of soap and water mixture to kill aphids and other insects.  Many tell me it kinda works, or not at all.  Eventually, most will purchase a nonorganic insecticide to make sure […]

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The Jujube Tree

The Jujube Tree

The Jujube Tree is a small tree that will drop its leaves in winter.  Also called the Ziziphus jujuba, Chinese Jujuba or the red date tree.  In the Southwest, It grows to about 15-30ft. in height and 10ft. in width larger in places where there is lots of rainfall.   It produces a small date-like fruit.  […]

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The Mexican Hat Plant

The Mexican Hat Plant

The Mexican Hat Plant (Ratibida columnifera).  Sometimes called the prairie coneflower.  An easy to care for plant that does well throughout the southwest and the mid-west plains.  The flower is a deep red and yellow color resembling a “Mexican Hat” or Sombrero.  It is considered a herbaceous perennial. Where to place the Mexican Hat Plant? Plant […]

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The Mexican Heather Plant

The Mexican Heather Plant – Cuphea hyssopifolia.  Also called false heather.  A small plant that will bloom in mid-summer until fall.  Produces small but profuse flowers even in the Southwest heat. Where to plant it? Place in a nice container or plant them in the front of other taller evergreen shrubs.  Plant several in a […]

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Million Bells Plants

Million Bells Plants – Calibrachoa and mini-petunias. These plants will do great in containers or in hanging baskets.  They are considered an annual this means they will not winter over.  They will bloom from spring and through late fall. Not so much during the mid-summer heat in the Southwest. Where to plant Million Bells Plant. […]

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