Second season planting can increase your fall harvest

It may be hot outside, but now is the time to start thinking and planting for the second season vegetable garden. The warm season vegetables are in full production, and the wheelbarrows are starting to overflow with squashes, corn, peppers and a few tomatoes. But now it’s time to replant …

Brown lawns in summer caused by improper watering

The sweltering heat of summer is taking a toll, not only on our outdoor activities, but also on our landscapes. While we can find sanctuary in the shade of a large tree or the cool breeze of air conditioning, our flowers droop in the heat. The one plant to take …

Add interest with pops of color

Adding color to the landscape through the use of plants, decorations and decorative pots can help accentuate key features of your home or landscape. Color can also help breakup the monotony of a predominately turf grass landscape or plain home. Very few of us are landscape architects or professional designers, …

Trees crawling with insects

They creep, crawl, fly and inch toward you. Insects, good and bad, are all around us. Have you recently gone beneath your trees and wondered what is all that sticky stuff falling down on you and coating your sideway, decks or even your vehicle? You probably didn’t know that sticky stuff …

Sweet blooms for Mother’s Day

The air is filled with the sweet smell of blooms, from tulips and lilacs to native shrubs and perennials. You cannot deny spring is in the air. Mother’s Day is tomorrow. What better time to share the beauty of spring blooms with someone you love. This year, consider looking for …

Elevate your garden to a new level

Across the county, the state, the country and the world, when people want to garden they figure out a way. In Nevada, many times our challenge is the soil and the climate. But, we are not that different from gardeners and farmers in other areas who battle with soils low …

Prune for health, aesthetics and fruit

As more people focus on growing their own food and creating edible landscapes, fruit trees have become as common for landscapes as they are for commercial crops. We all enjoy the thought of picking fresh fruit from trees growing in our own backyard. But, to make those dreams come true, …

Now is the time to buy bare-root roses

No matter if you are an avid gardener or just enjoy flowers, the month of February always brings thoughts of roses. With Valentine’s Day coming up, stores are stocked with beautiful cut flowers, the majority of them roses. For many gardeners, a gift of cut roses is nice, but a …

Weeds popping up with warm weather

 The sun is shining, and with the warm temperatures, I have started to scout the garden and landscape. At this time of year, I was shocked to see how many seedlings were popping up everywhere, wanted and unwanted. In my garden, I am facing the challenge of lettuce and arugula …