Tree Landscaping

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 choose the right Stihl chainsaw

How to choose the right Stihl chainsaw

How to choose the right Stihl chainsaw.  Are you thinking about purchasing a new right Stihl chainsaw but aren’t quite sure which one to choose? Let me give you a few tips that will help get you pointed in the right direction chainsaws are a versatile and time-saving tool. They’re very powerful it’s important that […]

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The Golden Rain Tree

The Golden Rain Tree.  (Koelreuteria paniculata) A good looking small to medium sized shade/ornamental tree.  It will grow about 30-40 tall and wide. It is considered an invasive tree species in places where there is lots of rain and moisture.  It produces lots of seed pods that are spread out during the fall season thus […]

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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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Garden Design

How to increase flowering in plants

One question gardeners in and around the Southwest ask are “How to increase flowering in plants” during the hot summer season? It is a big task when the temperatures can reach 110° Fahrenheit in the lower elevations of the Southwest. Here are some tips to help make your flowers bloom longer and often. There are many factors […]

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The Vitex Tree

The Vitex Tree

The Vitex tree botanical name: Agnus-castus. It likes full Sun – USDA Zones 6-10. Also called the Chaste tree, Chasteberry, and Lilac Chaste Berry. The growth rate is about 15-20ft. tall and wide sometimes taller after 30 years. A low water tree once established. Beautiful spiky dark lilac blooms late spring early summer. There is also […]

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The Texas Mountain Laurel Tree

The Texas Mountain Laurel Tree (Calia secundiflora).  A great flowering small to a medium-sized evergreen tree. It will produce very fragrant purple hanging flowers in early spring and usually around late March to early April.  They grow up to 15-maybe 20 ft. tall and about 15 ft. wide.  It loves full sun and thrives in and […]

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Desert Willow Tree

Desert Willow Tree (Chilopsis linearis) is a low watering spring blooming tree. It does well in the southwest. There are several varieties that you can use for your Desert landscaping needs. These trees are prevalent along the arroyos and ditch banks of the desert southwest.  They propagate when seed pods dry and fall to the ground. […]

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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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