Below are some great gifts for that homeowner who likes to tinker in their yard and also save water. Practical gifts are always in style! Xeriscape Guide and Irrigation Efficiency Guide: Check out the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority’s FREE xeriscape and irrigation … [Read more...]
Junipers, why we love to hate them!
Pinyon-juniper woodlands are the largest forest cover type in NM, comprising 14.6 million acres and representing 65% of NM forests (according to USGS Gap Analysis Program–Land Cover Data). In contrast, the next largest forest cover types in NM are ponderosa pine at 5.2 million acres (23%) and mixed … [Read more...]
Great plants that hide an ugly view
Homeowners are constantly looking for that perfect plant for that exact spot. Unfortunately, there isn’t a simple answer. Landscape designers know there are so many factors that go into placing the right plant in the right place. Sun-loving plants should be planted in sunny spaces. Shade-loving … [Read more...]
5 Steps to Stunning Fall Container Gardens
Rae Bennu of BennuOrganics.com local container garden expert shared her tips with the 505Outside.com community. And we're sharing them with you! Containers are an easy way to add a splash of color to your garden, porch, balcony or patio, without ever having to dig a hole in our hard New Mexico … [Read more...]
Sharing space with our feathered friends.
Laurel Ladwig, ABQ Backyard Refuge Program Director wrote this great article about gardening with our feathered friends. Find her at firstname.lastname@example.org First published on 505Outside.com, we're sharing it here again. All species are in constant need of habitat in which … [Read more...]
Luxury Consumers in your yard
This post was written by Joran Viers, Senior Partner at Root to Shoot Urban Forestry, Inc. find him at email@example.com He's an expert when it comes to plants! In these long, hot days of summer, especially if the summer rains don’t come, many plants really … [Read more...]
How to propogate opuntia/cholla?
Propagating cacti is as easy as one, two, three. 1.Remove a pad from an existing cactus. Heavy gloves are your friends. For Cholla, use tongs to grab a stalk. 2.Set cuttings out to dry until the fresh ends of the cut callus over, which is usually in a week or two. 3.Bury the edges halfway … [Read more...]
Easy Edible Plants for First-Time Growers
This was originally posted over on 505Outside.com by Joran Viers, ISA Board Certified Master Arborist with Horticultural Consulting llc One hundred years ago, almost every house with a yard had a vegetable garden. This was before the era of mass-produced, well-traveled foods readily available in … [Read more...]
DIY a Hose Watering System
The most efficient way to water your yard is by using an automatic system. Hand watering can be problematic because it can lead to inconsistent watering, causing you to overwater, underwater, or forget to water altogether. If you are ready to invest in a more efficient irrigation system, a Water … [Read more...]
Pro tips for designing your spray system
Since the Albuquerque area receives about 9” of rain on average per year and grass lawns can use up to 50” of water per year, the proper design of an irrigation system for a grass lawn is of utmost importance when it comes to water efficiency. Irrigation efficiency can save up to 30% of the water … [Read more...]