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Great Medium Sized Trees for Las Vegas

  A medium-sized tree, something that grows between 20’ and 40’ high, can be the perfect solution for casting cooling shade over a two-story house and a large lot, assuming that it’s been properly placed. It should be 20’ or more from the home, walls or other structures, as well as from you property line.

How to Talk to Nursery Folk

  I love identifying plants for people, mostly because it makes me feel smart, but also because I genuinely like to see people excited about adding something new to their landscape. About half the time they’ll bring in a picture or a cutting from a tree or shrub that they’ve seen around town, which admittedly

Deciduous vs Evergreen Trees

    What kind of tree is right for your needs? Just about daily, people come into the nursery looking for a tree that’ll keep its leaves year-round, based on the assumption that deciduous trees are messier and because they look dead in the wintertime. What these folks don't usually realize is that evergreen trees can actually

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,

Plant Shaming for Fun!

  I feel like we need to talk about bad pruning again, guys. Because here's the thing: I'm not even really having to look for this stuff at all. It just kind of jumps out at you when you're least expecting it and it could happen pretty much anywhere in Vegas, as far as I can tell.

Meet the Wort Plants

  Ever wonder why there are so many plants in the world ending in -wort? Yeah, me neither, but it's actually a pretty good question if you think about it for a minute. I mean, there’s adderwort, asterwort, awlwort, banewort, barrenwort, bearwort, bellwort, birthwort, bishop’s wort, bitterwort, bladderwort, blawort, bloodwort, blushwort, bogwort, boragewort, brotherwort, bullwort,

Somebody Needs to Have Their Loppers Taken Away…

It's that time of year again. Summertime is palm-pruning season, which means that we'll be seeing a lot of beautiful palm trees around town receiving some pretty bad haircuts by people who really should know better. Cutting palms back too far is bad for the tree and it looks positively awful, and yet every year there

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

The Most Common Toxic Plants in Las Vegas

With the recent announcement that the potentially very dangerous giant hogweed plant had been found in Calhoun County, Michigan, it seems like a good time to bring up the subject of toxic plants that are more commonly found in and around Las Vegas. Since giant hogweed tends to grow in areas with more rain,