Gifts for the Plant Nerd

Every year I pull together a fun plant gift for my kiddos teachers, we're going on 8 years and counting. Some teachers we've had multiple times. I sure hope their not getting tired of our plant gifts. This year, we re-potted spider plants into little terracotta pots that I found at the thrift … [Read more...]

Leaves for the Landscape

Let falling leaves lie. The leaves that fall on the dirt, grass, or planting beds. Just leave them be and only rake up the ones on the concrete sidewalks and patios. {not up for raking, then grab a blower and blow them away}. Alright, perhaps you have a little bit more time on your hands, in … [Read more...]

Fall Maintenance for Albuquerque Landscapes

This article was originally posted for 505Outside.com, it is being re-published here for your use. I had the pleasure of interviewing Wes Brittenham for this article, check out how much fun we had. Getting a Tour of Los Poblanos with Wes! 505Outside sat down with local landscape expert Wes … [Read more...]

Backyard Wildlife Sanctuaries

Our Land: Backyard Wildlife Sanctuaries: I was so excited to be asked to share my backyard for a feature with Our Land, a regular segment on New Mexico PBS. In this month’s installment of Our Land, correspondent Laura Paskus takes viewers along as she examines the effort to build a network of … [Read more...]

What are high efficiency rotary nozzles and why should you use them in your lawn?

Grass lawns in the greater Albuquerque area require supplemental irrigation in order to survive our high desert climate. Most residential landscapes are watered by pop up spray heads with conventional nozzles, as pictured below. Pop up spray head This article was originally published on … [Read more...]

Creating Living Shade with Vines

This article was originally posted for 505Outside.com, it is being re-published here for your use. While it is fantastic living in the Southwest where the sun shines over 310 days a year, sometimes landscapes and homeowners alike crave shade. Large trees provide great shade but may take a long … [Read more...]

The Right Lawn for You

This article was originally published on 505Outside.com. It is being re-published here for your use! Many homeowners would like a turf grass lawn, but might feel irresponsible watering a lawn in the arid Southwest. The key to choosing a turf grass is to determine the one most suited to the … [Read more...]

Landscape design post round up

We've written a bunch of design articles over the past six years and I've found three of my favorites. Check them out below: The 3 D's of Landscape Design: Doodle, Delineate and Draw The Many Styles of Garden Design: Hint, there are 4 styles we love. Winter Dreaming and Landscape … [Read more...]

Spring: Let’s Irrigate

We're getting close to the official beginning of Spring and with that comes the need to get our irrigation systems turned back on. As you might recall, we turned off our systems (literally shut them down) back in November. Now that the chance of freeze is getting slimmer and our plants are greening … [Read more...]