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

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.

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

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