Pollinating Fruit Trees … Do We Really Need Two Trees To Produce Fruit?

Fruit trees in the high desert add so much to an edible landscape plan and local fresh availability.  But, can we get by with a single tree?  What about the pollination needed? Our answer is, unfortunately, IT DEPENDS?  No one likes a Yes & No answer but this requires some explanation. Citrus trees like lemons, […]



For Next Spring … Get Flowers to Bloom More.

Increasing the amount that flowers bloom is a common “how to” question.   OK … how?   Most flowers and flowering plants need three essential ingredients to bloom: sunlight, nutrients, and warm soil. Even shade plants like azaleas and camellias need some sunlight in order to bloom. If your flowers are sun lovers, make sure they […]



Yuck … Mushrooms in my lawn!

Not so fast with the Yuck! Let’s answer the question, “Is it bad to have mushrooms growing in my lawn?” Not really, but elves sure like them! Mushrooms are the spore-producing structures of certain kinds of fungi. Most of these fungi are beneficial because they break down organic matter and release nutrients that are necessary […]



“Systemic” … What Does That Mean?

The chemical and organic solutions our garden center is famous for recommending to fix high desert plant problems has a language all it own.  Beyond the unpronounceable botanic names, the fertilizer numbering system and the advice given in “gardenese,” there are the chemical and organic labels requiring some deciphering. A useful term we use for describing some solution applications […]



The Best Time To Plant … Fall In The High Desert!

Why Fall Planting Is Best Fall is the best time to plant. Moana Nursery tells you this every year, but maybe you need convincing. So let us explain why fall planting is so good for plants! It’s pretty simple, actually. In the fall, the warm soil encourages root growth. Roots continue to grow through the […]



Helping Roses Re-Bloom In Your Yard

Many gardeners neglect or give up on their roses in the summer, seeing the quality of the bloom decline as temperatures increase. Maybe they think roses only bloom in the spring.  Rose blossoms do tend to be smaller in the summer and the colors are not quite as vivid because the summer heat forces the […]



Tree & Shrub Containers: Patio & Yard Focal Points

A tree or a shrub can create a delightful focal point in your patio garden design.   Many of our gardens have at least one specimen plant, usually a tree but sometimes a shrub. We have Tree surgeon Newcastle come out when our trees need to get trimmed and their very good at it. When […]



Grass Clippings … Thatch Producer or Great Compost?

Does mulching grass clippings into the lawn increase the build-up of thatch? Most homeowners bag lawn clippings because they think that the clippings add to the buildup of thatch. This is not true. Clippings that remain on the lawn quickly decompose and release valuable nutrients and beneficial bacteria that actually feed on the thatch layer. […]



Self-Serving But True Research … More Trees, Less Stress (and Value Too!)

  Check out this research.  Results from the tests showed a positive linear association between the density of trees and the self-reported recovery from stress. That is, the more trees the subjects saw, the faster their stress levels dropped. – See more at: http://www.totallandscapecare.com/university-study-stress-trees-increases/#sthash.avKKpsKm.dpuf.  The Truckee Meadows lags way behind in relevant tree canopy … […]



Garden to Lose Weight

Garden to Lose Weight Trying to lose weight before swimsuit season is officially here? Researchers from Konkuk University and Hongik University in Seoul, South Korea, suggest gardening. Why? Because it’s just like going to the gym. Turning compost is like lifting weights, raking is like using the rowing machine and pushing a mower is like […]