We are the commercial landscaping experts in Santa Fe. Our specialty is large commercial properties, office buildings, hotels, banks, malls and other retail establishments. Our clients often ask us what particular items they should consider when enhancing a current landscape, or creating a new one.
1. Focus on the front entrance. This is the first place your customers see when they arrive. Try using brightly colored flowers and unique landscape features, such as water fountain or decorative boulder, to make the front entrance attractive and inviting.
2. Consider a comprehensive theme. It is a good idea to have a theme that will carry on to other current or future commercial locations. This will help brand your business and increase your visibility and ease of recognition. You could also consider a color theme that complements the business logo.
The Yucca, a member of the lily family, was designated as the state flower of New Mexico in 1927. You can find these striking flowers in abundance in the deserts of New Mexico. The genus Yucca includes 40-50 different species. They are noted for their large fibrous stalk of ivory white blooms. These blooms are most fragrant at night.
Yuccas are an excellent choice for your home garden. They are very low maintenance and enhance a southwestern landscape themed yard. They are a very hardy perennial, and do well without much water or special attention. They bloom from mid summer to fall. An interesting tidbit on Yuccas is that they have a mutualistic relationship with the Yucca moth, which both pollinates the Yucca and lays its eggs in the flower.
Proper care for Yuccas should include ensuring they are planted in an area with full sun, and not overwatering, as this can cause the roots to rot. Yuccas do not handle transplanting well. A once per year fertilization is all that is needed. Regular pruning is necessary.
Choosing the right plants suited for our high desert climate in Santa Fe can be a challenge. Vines are a great way to add easy appeal to your landscape, offering colorful blooms and many purposes, including: shade for an arbor, an addition to hanging baskets, enhancing lampposts or mailboxes, or trailing for stone walls.
Trumpet Vine: Beautiful red/orange blooms in the spring/summer. This vine needs a stable structure, such as a wall, trellis or fence to grow on. Prune in the early spring to avoid effecting flowering.
Hardscaping is an attractive and cost-effective landscaping option for commercial properties. Hardscaping includes possibilities such as gravel, river rock, decorative boulders, rock retention walls, and stone steps.
Lawns are a high maintenance and impractical landscaping choice for commercial properties in our high desert climate. A gravel conversion project can transform your commercial property with a fresh look. Gravel comes in a variety of colors and sizes, from 3/4" Santa Fe Brown to 1-2" river rock.
This spring, tent caterpillars seem to be a more prevalent than usual issue in Santa Fe. We have been receiving many phone calls and emails from concerned property managers and homeowners about tent caterpillars causing rapid defoliation of their aspen trees. The damage is mostly unappealing, but repeated years of infestation can cause tree death. Trees are a valuable asset that are not only expensive to replace, but also important to the landscape and our environment.
Tent caterpillars form a silken tent or nest in trees. They hatch in the spring and emerge to feed on the nearby leaves. In our area, the Western tent caterpillar is most often seen infesting trees in May and early June.
Luckily, tent caterpillars are fairly easy to treat. Proscape recommends cutting out by hand any visible nests. There are also insect sprays that can be used to treat the problem. Contact us for assistance with diagnosis and treatment of your trees.
Supplementing your garden with fertilizer without knowing the pH and nutrient levels can be both wasteful if the supplementation is unnecessary or even detrimental.
For a successful garden, understanding the contents of your soil is essential. Good soil is a vital aspect to growing healthy plants.
Luckily, soil testing is an simple and inexpensive way to test for nutritional deficiencies.
Soil testing kits can be purchased from your local nursery or home improvement store. The best time to test soil is either early spring or late fall.
Most plants grow best in soil that is in the 6.5-7.0 range. A large variety of fertilizers are available to address a wide range of nutritional deficiencies. We recommend bringing your soil test results into your local nursery and asking them to direct you to the best product suited for your needs.
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