Which Plants Want Spring Planting in Las Vegas?

  If you read the last post I wrote extolling the virtues of planting in the fall, it may seem that October is the only time to do any gardening, but the truth is, it’s not quite as simple as that. There are a few trees and shrubs that would prefer spring planting in Las

How To Stake A Tree Like A Pro

  Let me start by making one thing perfectly clear, please. I love good landscape contractors. In fact, I straight up worship and adore those who make it their business to know their business. A landscaper who goes to the trouble to do things right is worth the weight of their truck in gold. A landscaper who does

How to Grow Crazy Sexy Bougainvillea in Las Vegas

  Ah, bougainvillea. People seem to either love this plant or hate it, and their feelings are usually based on whether or not they’ve ever had to take care of one before. They are, after all, gorgeous when they’re in bloom, putting on a brilliant and eye-catching display of color all summer long. Trouble is,

Outstanding Small Trees for Las Vegas

The residential lots in Las Vegas are considerably smaller than what you’ll find in many other cities, which means that there’s not usually a lot of room for a giant tree in either the front or the backyard. A tree that comes in at no more than 20’ is probably one of the most common requests

7 Things You Should Know About Gardening In Las Vegas

I’m really only half-joking when I say that gardening in Las Vegas is like gardening on Mars. We have brutal summers where the temperature regularly tops 110°, while our winter nights dip well below freezing at least a couple of times a year. I once heard a soil expert on NPR compare our soil

How to Save Money Watering Your Lawn- 5 Easy Tips

At the nursery, I’ve found that there’s a pretty quick tell that indicates I’m talking to someone with a lawn. As soon as I tell them that they need to increase the water to their trees and shrubs, they look horrified and make a comment about how high their water bill is already. “You have

Summer Watering for Trees and Shrubs in Las Vegas

How long and how often should you be watering your trees and shrubs in the summertime if you live in the desert?  The answer may surprise you.   [caption id=attachment_78 align=alignleft width=264] Image courtesy of Scott Nelson via Flickr[/caption] By far and away, the most common issue that I run into at the nursery has to do with