Got rain barrels?

A rain barrel is a tank used to collect and store harvested rain, typically from rooftops. These most often use gravity to create the pressure needed to move the water to the garden. Located in Albuquerque, NM is a rain barrel manufacturer called Desert Plastics, they are a custom plastic molder … [Read more...]

My Maintenance Month: Final tasks (garden clean up)

    The final task is to lay down a PRE-EMERGENT on my native grass lawns to prevent weed germination. I use the brand, Concern Weed Prevention Plus, it is a natural product using corn gluten meal to create a weed prevention fertilizer. Here is a little bit more information on the … [Read more...]

DIY PRUNING TOOLS AND TIPS

  Why do we prune? 1.      To maintain the health of your plants. 2.      To direct growth 3.      To remove undesirable growth 4.      To increase quality or yield of flowers or fruit. 5.      To maintain safety 6.   To create hedges or topiary First off we need the right … [Read more...]

{psst. need a last minute gift?} I won’t tell… get a Landscape Coach Plan!

  Did you know that one of the most popular topics we chat about is our gardens? Gardening is not for the weak of heart, my friends! It’s tough figuring out what will grow nicely, where the best location to plant is, and how to create a shady outdoor dining area or a pleasing backyard oasis. … [Read more...]

Sustainable Gifts for the Holidays!

  Every year at this time I try to think of some little gifts for our friends, neighbors, and school teachers. I’m not too into consumerism and with three kids in toe the last thing I want to do is take them shopping. Sign me up for simple sustainable gifts that you can make at home! {did I … [Read more...]

Lazy Winter Garden Prep

  It's that time of year, the leaves are falling and you're going to need to do something with them if only just to get them off your walkway. This year with three kids {under 6} and a business to keep up with I'm choosing the Lazy Winter Garden Prep approach.   Let falling leaves … [Read more...]

HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY!

  Just a short post here to say THANKS for a wonderful FIRST year of blogging. Its been a pleasure doing this blog and sharing my passions for Living Outdoors, Places to Play, Sustainable Design and Building Community with all of you. I look forward to continue to bring you content you find … [Read more...]

Three Easy TIPS to pulling weeds.

  Did you hear that my Three Ways to Eliminate Weeds guide is out? I wanted to share with you a few tips from the guide below. I've heard from so many people that one of their  biggest frustrations with their yard is the weeds. These are the same folks who want to be in the yard to RELAX … [Read more...]

October To Dos and a confession.

  Alright, I've got a confession to make. These plants in this picture are all mine. I might have gotten carried away at the plant sales this year.  The plants in the top left of the picture are all native ones from Plants of the Southwest, the lower left plants are the ones for my container … [Read more...]