Fertilizing in the High Desert

Plant Fertilizer Basics for the High Desert  Reading a bag of plant fertilizer can be an intimidating experience. Most people, especially those new to gardening, are not sure what to make of “NPK” or the three numbers that appear on every bag – but seem to be different on every bag. We’ve all been there.  […]



How to Prune a High Desert Japanese Maple

One of the most popular trees of all time, Japanese maples are tougher than they look, easy to grow in the right spot (be careful about afternoon sun) and require only basic pruning to look their best and grow into their naturally beautiful form. Here are some pruning basics for Japanese maples: Japanese maples can […]



Winter Watering

We can’t stop watering just because December is here and winter is on its way. Plants in the ground – especially newly planted trees, shrubs, and perennials – need the equivalent of one inch of precipitation per month. If we have a dry period that lasts longer than two to three weeks, you’ll need to […]



Winterizing Your Landscape

We’ve had a bit of snow, and it’s clear that winter is on its way, so here are some tips on how to prepare everything in your landscape – from your perennials to your water features-for the coming winter months: Winterizing Your Landscape.



Composting at Home

With all the leaves on the ground, now is a great time to start composting. Composting is an easy way to keep our planet and your landscape green, and compost can be used for anything from soil conditioner to mulch. Starting a compost pile now can provide you with material to help protect your garden […]



Turning Off Your Irrigation Systems

Our beautiful fall weather is changing, and soon it’ll be time to turn off your irrigation systems. Check out this video for detailed instructions on how to best take care of your irrigation system in the winter. If you need some help, call our Landscape team at 775-825-0602 ext. 134.



Cutting Branches for Forcing

Here is a great article from Horticulture online: Here are a few things to remember when you’re cutting branches of trees and shrubs to force into indoor bloom: Choose trees and shrubs that bloom in early spring, such as forsythia, flowering quince, crabapple, plums and cherries. Cut branches about six weeks ahead of their natural […]



February Gardening? Yes!

It’s the middle of winter but there are plenty of other garden tasks to perform (we’re excited too)! Weekend projects – If the chilly winds and cold days don’t keep you under the covers, spend sunny February weekends doing building projects so you’re all ready when spring kicks in. Create raised garden beds; you can […]



Picky Birds! by Christie

This morning I found an empty bird seed bag in my front yard – most likely from a neighbor who has a multitude of pigeons frequenting his yard.  And now I know why – the seed!  The ingredients listed on the bag: milo, white pros millet, wheat, sunflower seed, calcium carbonated, vitamin A supplement, vitamin […]



Winter Landscape Tips

With the “official” start of winter upon us on December 21, your landscape is probably looking a little drab. To combat the blues, brighten things up indoors with fresh flowers, a new houseplant or an orchid. Remember to save some energy for maintenance, winterizing and houseplant care because there is a lot to do even […]