Proper Frost Protection

Will winter ever arrive? Someone needs to remind Mother Nature that the Desert Southwest wants to experience cooler temperatures at some point. With all our warm fall, plants that normally go dormant have continued to grow, putting some frost-sensitive plants at risk of freezing back when our winter finally does arrive. A plant’s ‘hardiness’ is its cold temperature threshold: the more ‘hardy’ the plant is, the more tolerant it is to cold temperatures. Here are some frost facts to know when preparing your landscape for the (possibly) cold Arizona winters:

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Fall Checklist

The end is near; our incredible long, hot summer that is. In the coming week, we may have highs in the 70’s as we join the rest of the nation with ‘fall-like’ weather conditions. As the seasons change, there is a short window for a number of landscaping tasks to complete before winter is officially here. Here are a few tasks to add to your fall to-do list:

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Lurking Critters

Have you ever strolled by plants and noticed something’s been munching on the leaves? Or maybe there’s a mysterious brown spot in a tree that seemed to develop overnight? Sometimes plant pests come and go in a matter of days, but their damage may linger for months after they’ve moved to a new green ‘residence’. Fortunately, our dry desert conditions don’t make for an overly welcoming environment for arthropod ‘friends’ to reside. However, during mild times of the year, a few critters may be lurking in our landscape. Here are a few to watch out for in the coming month:

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Show Stopping Flower Beds

As fall approaches, the itch to get new colorful plants in the ground may be upon us. While the nurseries will start having full colorful annuals and perennials trucked in daily, there are a few things we should consider before planning out our winter garden. Here are a few ideas to help you achieve a show-stopping flower bed.

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Landscape Construction Protection

We have hammered home the concept of “Right Tree, Right Place,” but what if that tree is already in the right place? Now there are new structures or parking areas erected, only to make it not such the right place. Designing around established trees is not only admirable, but also a sustainable practice, especially helping to achieve cities tree canopy goals. However, often times trees are an afterthought and minimal care and protection is given to these beauties during construction. Unfortunately, additional expenses ensue after the project has been completed because of tree failures. Here are a few steps to make sure your tree is protected during a construction project

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