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Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 07:37
Common Name: Corn Plant or Corn Dracaena Scientific Name: Dracaena Massangeana Lighting: Low Watering: Moderate   The Corn plant require very little care. The Corn plant has long leaves stemming from a wooden cane like stalk. The variegated leaves resemble corn foliage thus the name. The foliage using contains a yellow or crème center with dark green borders.   The Corn plant enjoys low light, making it perfect for corners and hallways. The Corn plant requires moderate watering. Water thoroughly once every 7 - 10 days or... + continue reading
Monday, August 6, 2018 - 13:13
Attracting beneficial insects, such as ladybugs, praying mantis, and green lace wings, into the garden is easy. Like humans, all they need is food, water, and shelter.   1. Create a home for your ladybugs. There are many beautiful examples online to spark your creativity. You can stack bark, roll cardboard, or use an old cereal box stuffed with pieces of bark. Sprinkle raisins throughout the house. 2. Place a shallow dish on the ground by your ladybug house. Fill the dish with small stones and water. 3. Feed the ladybugs with a mix... + continue reading
Monday, August 6, 2018 - 13:05
Growth rate and longevity are drastically slowed and shortened due to misunderstanding, old myths and improper methods of tree care.   Establishment Period Just because you have selected a desert native tree, you can’t plant it, walk away, and expect it to grow. Newly planted trees take up to 3 years for establishment. In order to have a vigorous healthy tree you need to know when and where to water and fertilize. To do this you need to know where tree roots grow. Contrary to popular belief, tree roots don’t seek water or grow down to... + continue reading
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 10:33
1) Plant deeply to encourage new roots. Pinch off lowest leaves, plant and new roots will form. 2) Fertilize when planting with 1-2 tablespoons of organic fertilizer per plant. Top dress with another tablespoon of food. As plants bloom add more food. 3) Water deeply when top of soil dries down ½ -1 inch. Do not spray water on the leaves at night. 4) Keep training the vines up the cage, trellis or pole. 5) Use 2-3 inches of mulch to keep the soil cool and conserve water. 6) Pinch or cut off the side shoots to encourage... + continue reading
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 10:13
Water Smart Landscaping (also known as Xeriscaping™) allows us to utilize water both efficiently and wisely. El Paso receives approximately 8 inches of precipitation per year. The high summer heat and low humidity make it necessary to irrigate our landscape plantings. Currently almost half the water used by residents is used for landscaping.   Our landscapes do not have to be devoid of trees and other plants to be water smart. Indeed to the contrary, the absence of trees in the landscape can result in higher water and utility... + continue reading
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 10:52
Fertilizer In the desert, plant roses in enriched soil in morning sun with some afternoon shade.  Feed roses monthly in the spring and summer with Happy Frog Rose Food or Fertilome Rose Food (both of which we carry at our garden center). *Please avoid systemic types of rose care.  It might harm bees. See www.beeaction.org for more information.   General Care Roses like cool roots.  Mulch your plants with 1-2 inches of bark or pecan shells.  You can also grow with companion plants of thyme, rue, catmint, verbena... + continue reading