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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 


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 


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 


Driveway Pavers

Driveway pavers are an excellent way to improve your home’s curb appeal, in addition to having the practical benefits of never having to replenish material (unlike a gravel driveway), providing erosion control on a steep driveway and making it easier to shovel when there is snow on the ground. Driveway pavers come in a multitude of sizes and 


Five of the Best Deciduous Shrubs for Santa Fe

Five of my favorite deciduous shrubs for gardens in the Santa Fe area are Roses, Western Sand Cherry, Dwarf Korean lilac, Red twig dogwood and Edible Raspberry shrubs. Deciduous shrubs are a good way to provide color and structure to the landscape, with the added benefit of being more tolerant of dog traffic and requiring 


Five of the Best Perennials for Sunny Spots In Santa Fe Gardens

Five of my favorite perennials for sunny spots in Santa Fe gardens are Pineleaf penstemon, Hummingbird mint, Lavender, Autumn Joy Sedum and Grey Germander. All of these have long lasting blooms, are drought tolerant and love full sun. — Peggy Wright (Masters in Landscape Architecture)