Spring Flowering Bulbs Are For Everyone … Tips!

Tips from our plant doctor, Jon Bruyn: As we enjoy the gorgeous fall colors, it’s time to think about next spring’s color. I just finished planting spring bulbs in several spots that had no color last spring because my perennial flowers were still asleep. I decided to incorporate more bulbs this year to solve this […]



Healthy Soil The Organic Way

If you know anything about organic gardening, you’ve heard the phrase ‘feed your soil.’ While it sounds like a good thing to do, you may wonder what it means. It may seem that working in fertilizer should do it; that’s feeding, right? In truth, feeding your soil properly is at the heart of organic gardening. […]



Irrigation Repair Pays Off In Water Savings

Broken and misdirected sprinkler heads … in many cases, more than 50% of water is wasted due to broken parts, bad coverage, evaporation and runoff caused by overwatering. By tuning up or upgrading your current irrigation system and adding a state-of-the art controller, you can generate significant water savings and contribute to a more sustainable […]



In the Heat of the High Desert Summer

Despite the heat, a lot is still blooming in my yard and most of it is growing in full sun. Roses – shrub, hybrid teas, climbing & groundcovers are still producing flowers, though they will be happier when it gets cooler Coneflowers – I have several pink ones and a few of the orange variety […]



Hot August, Olympics, Robins & Teachable Moments

With the intense heat of August cooking us and our poor plants, Carol York’s back yard observations of baby robins taking their first bath are a welcome distraction and can lead to many teachable moments when shared with young children. Read on…. In honor of the summer Olympics, parent robins are teaching their fledglings to […]



Planting Success in the Hot Summer

Yes, you can plant during the dog days of summer … even in the high desert!  Simply follow these guidelines: 1. Make sure the plant is properly watered during the days before transplanting. 2. Transplant during the late afternoon or early evening. 3. Water the plant immediately before removing from the pot. Soak the root […]



Truckee Meadows Tree Canopy

Maples for the Tree Canopy Our Truckee Meadows “Tree Canopy,” as measured by the Nevada Forestry & U.S. Forest Service study (using government “Stimulus” funds – – a topic for another time), is poor … less than Las Vegas even.  Sparks is at 3.9% and Reno is 5.2% with 75% of the combined 4.6% cover […]



Spring Inspiration – – Beautiful Flowers

Get into spring … this link set to music is exceptional.  From Vorobyoff Productions … “The Beauty of Flowers” …reminds us why we garden and landscape (2:29 minutes only).



These Aren’t Your Grandma’s Roses!

Just about everyone likes roses and wants to figure out how to incorporate them into the landscape because roses bring show stopping color and a dramatic presence to almost any sunny spot. The problem has always been that in order to grow spectacular roses gardeners have had to commit to a rigorous and time intensive […]



New “Plant Hardiness” USDA Map Released

New government “plant hardiness” map is now online with new designated zones. While there were minor changes for our area, we continue to believe that in general and by distinct micro-climates, our high desert is probably one zone too warm as listed. You can get information by zipcode at this site. We recommend that experience […]