Category Archives: Resources


Vegetable gardening in the Southwest (May)

  A few things I have learned from vegetable gardening in Santa Fe the last 10 years or so…. It’s not always easy! Fending off the gophers, rabbits, squirrels, mice, and deer can take some effort, it takes careful strategizing and a strong fence if you want any bounty for yourself Be prepared for any weather – snow 


Attracting Hummingbirds to your garden

Hummingbirds make your garden come alive. Whether you are watching them feed, fight one another for territory or simply rest in a tree’s branches, they are a colorful and fascinating additions to your garden. Two of the critical elements that draw hummingbirds into a garden and could potentially encourage them to stay are plenty of forage and access to 


Tent Caterpillars and Fall Webworm

This past summer was a terrible year for tent caterpillars and when we were finally rid of them, out came the Fall Webworm. The insects are easily mistaken as the same caterpillar as both will defoliate trees and form large webbed communal masses on their host tree in their caterpillar stage. They do, however, have some significant differences 


Save on Water Bills, install rainwater catchment

According to the City of Santa Fe’s 2016 water report, “outdoor watering accounts for about 40 percent of the city’s annual water use”. The City of Santa Fe offers a rebate of .25 cent per gallon of water holding capacity on new cistern installations towards a homeowners future water bills. For example, a 5,000 gallon 


Is There Anything You Can Do in Your Garden in February?

February in Santa Fe is a roller coaster of cold snowy days intermixed with dry mild days. Most of my free time in February, is filled with backcountry ski excursions, my daughter’s swim meets and indoor projects, but occasionally I glance at my garden and get the desire to drag a hose out to water or pull the pruning shears out 


Snow on Cactus

  There is some thing really sublime about new snow in the garden. Freshly fallen snow works it’s magic highlighting boulders, stone fountains, stucco walls and plants with particularly strong structures. One of my favorite plants for winter interest, ornamental grasses, get bent and broken by the weight of snow, yet many cactus varieties hold their form and really stand out with 


Perennials Through the Winter

  Winter is a time to enjoy the subtle tan, gold and brown tones in your garden. Winter garden don’t give you the “pop” of color that we so love in the summer months, but it exposes the fundamental structure of plants and provides more subtle hues in similar tones. Trees, Ornamental grasses and Shrubs are really the 


EcoScapes Builds Custom Water Storage Tanks

EcoScapes Landscaping installs a variety of types of rainwater storage tanks based on our client’s individual needs. In 2016 leading into 2017, we had a surge of interest in the construction of Ferrocement Storage Vessels. Each unique Ferrocement tanks is custom built on site out of steel and concrete to fulfill our client’s stormwater storage goals, as well as, satisfy the properties specific