Is That Pomegranate Shrub Dead?

Is That Pomegranate Shrub Dead?

Pomegranate shrubs during the winter

It is winter and the pomegranate shrub that I planted last spring appears to be dead.

The pomegranate is a fruit-bearing deciduous shrub. Thus, it may not be dead.

What does deciduous mean?

Wikipedia says: "In the fields of horticulture and botany, the term deciduous (/dɪˈsɪdjuːəs/; US:) means "falling off at maturity" and "tending to fall off", in reference to trees and shrubs that seasonally shed leaves, usually in the autumn; to the shedding of petals, after flowering; and to the shedding of ripe fruit. The antonym of deciduous in the botanical sense is evergreen."

How can I tell that my pomegranate shurb is still alive?

One way of knowing that a deciduous shrub or tree is still alive in the winter is by checking the elasticity of the branches. If they have elasticity and are not dry, that means they're still "drinking" water and are therefore are not completely dead. In the spring, they will start producing leaves and fruit, if they're the fruit-bearing type.

Should I stop watering my pomegranate shrub in the winter?

No, don't stop watering. You don't need to water as much as during the summer. However, since Las Vegas climate is still very dry during the winter, we still need to water our plants, shrubs and trees. LVVWD has a mandatory watering schedule that you should follow. Its is good to know that watering with a handheld hose is allowed any time. However, you must do it responsibly, as wasting water may result in a water-waste fee or citation.

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Does smoke harm plants?

Does smoke harm plants?

Smoke from forest fires

Wind blew the smoke from California fires over Las Vegas and the sky has been foggy with smoke and some people are wondering "does smoke harm plants?". It is not the ideal environment for our outdoor plants. However, outdoor plants are less likely to be affected by it. As long as the smoke doesn't persist for a long period of time and the plants still get the light and warmth from the sun during the day, they will survive with the necessary watering.

Can poor air quality kill plants?

The poor air quality in the Las Vegas valley due to smoke is more likely to affect us, humans, than our beautiful plants. Remember, plants and tress need CO2 for their photosynthesis process in order to release our needed oxygen in the atmosphere.

Cooler temperatures that came with the Fall invigorates our plants and you can see a noticeable change in their leaves color and elasticity.

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Landscaping Rocks – Pebble

Landscaping pebble rocks for desert landscapes

Pebble Rocks are an excellent choice for your desert landscaping

The various colors and sizes of the landscaping pebble rocks will give a nice look to your desert landscape. They can be spread under benches, in defined areas around your garden or any landscape. The gravel pebble are smaller in size and will beautifully fill a pathway with large stepping stones. You can buy the pebble rocks in bags. With a variety of colors to choose from, you will find the color that will match and nicely complement the exterior color of your house.

A weed barrier should be installed before laying the rocks, as the weeds will find their way up in between the rocks.

Polished pebble rocks don't have sharp edges and they may be easier to walk on. They provide a clean, well defined area when spread around the trees and on pathways.

Here are few options of pebble rocks available at Lowe's: white pebbles; polished pebbles; black polished pebbles; gray Mexican beach pebbles. It is fun creating landscape areas with pebble rocks.

However, if you need help bringing your vision to reality, VIP landscapers are ready to work for you. Call us at 702.423.1944

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Peach Trees in the Desert

Growing peach trees in the desert

Growing fruit bearing trees in the desert

Growing peach trees in the desert requires more watering and care, but it is not impossible. If you like peaches, it is nice to be able to pick it directly from the tree next to your house and eat it.

It is possible to grow fruit bearing trees in the desert. One of them that you can see everywhere is the purple plum tree. However, you do not see as many peach trees along sidewalks and streets in Las Vegas. That is because the peach trees in the desert need more care. There are peach trees that can take full day sun exposure, but not all of them are like that. So, before you buy a peach tree, choose the area where you will plant it and see how much sun it gets during the day. If the area is under sun all day, choose a tree that will take full day of sun. After you bring it home, I would suggest that you keep it in a box, in the spot you chose to plant it later. Give it few weeks before planting it in its final place in the ground to see if the tree likes the spot. Peach trees need to have a moist soil during the first 2 years. So, water them as often as needed. During summer, you should water it twice a day, preferably early morning before the sun comes up and in the evening after the sun goes down, making sure it gets the water it needs. If you notice that the leaves are becoming soft and they lose their elasticity, that means the tree is not getting enough water.

If you buy your trees and plants from Home Depot, keep the receipt because if they die within the first year, you can take them back and Home Depot will give you a store credit.

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Low voltage lighting for backyard

Low voltage lighting for backyard

Low voltage lighting expands yard visibility in the dark

You have a beautiful landscape in your backyard and you cannot enjoy it in the dark. While porch lights would only illuminate parts of the landscape, the low voltage lighting placed around plants, trees, water falls and fire features will make them visible in the dark. It will expand the visibility and space usage at night, so you and your guests can enjoy more of your backyard even after dark.

A landscaper can provide a layout of how the lights will be placed in your yard before installing them, so you can have a preview of the final setup. The lights can be powered on and off automatically.

Come back for more short blog posts on low voltage lighting.

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Landscaping Rocks – River Rock

Landscaping river rocks for desert landscapes

River Rocks come be of various sizes, shapes and colors

River rock is a beautiful addition to any desert landscaping. There are many options that you can choose from when it comes to river rocks. Some rocks have a rounder smooth surface as they have been dug from currently flowing rivers, from water continually washing and smoothing their surface. Others, are retrieved by digging up the deposits from ancient sea beds or river beds, or by crushing bigger rocks. River rocks vary in size, shape and colors. Arizona river rocks have various colors, pond pebbles are more uniformly colored in shades of grey. River pebble rocks, like Montana River Decorative Landscaping Pebble can have a colorful aspect. Creek stones are larger in size with shades of grey and brown. Depending on your landscaping project, you can find a type of river rock that will fit.

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Landscaping Rocks – Marble Chips

Marble chips rock landscaping

White marble chips in your yard

Water restrictions in the Las Vegas area make us think of alternate ways to beautify our yards. Landscaping rocks are an excellent alternative option, easy to maintain. They come in many varieties, colors and sizes and can make your yard look amazing. White marble chips will not fade or discolor. Their light coloring complement a wide range of home exteriors, and can add an attractive contrast to pathway and patio designs, gardens and any other areas. They can be easily spread, resist cracking and do not attract termites or ants in a normal use.

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Pineapple Palm Tree

Also known as: Canary Island Date Palm

The pineapple palm tree is durable and does very well in the Las Vegas desert. It received its name from its shape that resembles a pineapple, with thick round trunk and large fronds. The tree grows slowly, but once established, it is resistant to the hot and cold temperatures of the desert. It is a water-wise element for your landscape, resembling elegance and tropical views, that needs little care.

Pineapple palm tree on a beach

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Plan before you start landscaping your yard

Planning before you start digging, planting and adding landscape elements into your yard is a smart way to start.

If you want to do it yourself, there are online resources that anyone can use, such as the “Plan a garden” online app provided by the Better Homes and Gardens on their website at https://www.bhg.com/app/plan-a-garden/

However, if you think that may be too much work and time consuming for you, we are always here to provide our professional services and years of experience to bring your vision to reality.