Lisa's Landscaping Corner
Here comes winter - get
your cameras out while the fall color is still going strong! Globe Mallow,
Brittlebush, Daleas, Damianita, Dyssodia , and Penstemons liven up the cool
season with sunny pops of color. Annaís Hummingbirds, white crowned
sparrows, yellow rumped warblers (butter butts) and Gambelís quail will be
Plants need less water
this time of year. They shouldnít go without water (even cacti), but because
they aren't growing as fast and temperatures are dropping, they need less to
maintain life. The Southern Nevada Water
Authority recommends watering twice per week during the fall season.
Keep planting the cool season herbs and veggies, with the lists available to
you from the
Cooperative Extension website.
November and December are
great months to prune your trees. Once the leaves are off and trees are
dormant, itís easier to see what is going on. Look for crossing, damaged or
dead branches to prune. Give your smaller trees some future direction by
establishing a central leader, then prune side branches that are competing.
Sometimes we get trees from the nursery that have been topped, so the
decision still needs to be made which branches will form which functions -
is the branch a central leader or a competing side branch? Prune
accordingly! Also, avoid pruning Palo Verde in the winter. Mesquites can
take a light pruning and most of your desert shrubs can be manicured.
pruning tips, please visit