We will always have those visitors who claim “Arizona doesn’t have seasons,” but spending year after year here, we’ve come to love Arizona’s strange seasons--because yes, we do have them! Now Arizona, being a little different than much of the country (as in, always fighting for those top-spot record temperatures in the United States), has gardening and growing seasons that are slightly off compared to those nationwide gardening guides. As an Arizona resident, you know this has been a pleasant winter, and our gorgeous spring is already just around the corner… So when should you start gardening in the new year? We know that you want to have beautiful spring blooms, and tasty treats straight from your garden for those fresh summer dinners. Today, we’ll fill you in on the best times, and the best plants, to grow this coming spring, and into the new year!
Here in the Valley, our ideal spring growing season begins around the middle of February and lasts through the end of May. Just in case this is your first year with a garden of your own, that means the perfect conditions, in terms of rainfall, temperature, and more, for your plants to thrive! You can definitely grow outside of that window, but your plants may need a little extra care… This may mean more water or protection from sun or frost. So, if you want to maintain your plants all summer, be ready to give them a little more attention after spring! Also, our next growing season will be between September and November, keep that in mind! We’ll go over fall plants when the time comes, but for now, we want to look at which plants you’ll be able to prepare for going into 2018! What kind of plants do you want to care for next spring?
We’ll begin with flowers, the prettiest part of spring. The scent, the colorful blooms, all reminiscent of the season… Starting as early as January, you can sow a few types of daisies and poppies, which should stand up to the sun’s rays come summer, possibly with a little extra shade. More flowers can be planted coming up to spring, like petunias or sweet pea plants. They may not stand up to extreme heat down the line, but they will give a wonderful spring feel to your garden during their season. Moving closer to summer, plant interesting snapdragons and impressive sunflowers. Around March, you can add cosmos, dahlias, and marigold; these flowers will be sure to yield a gorgeous garden this spring!
Growing vegetables always proves to be rewarding. It feels great cooking up your own fresh-grown and picked veggies for the whole family! Hearty vegetables like asparagus, carrots, potatoes, and radishes can be planted early in the year. Then you can move on to corn, peppers, eggplant, squash, and tomatoes. You can also easily grow herbs like basil, mint, or parsley to compliment your fresh-veggie dishes. Fortunately, these smaller, leafy plants can go in a planter, so they’re easier to move--and in-turn, care for--year round. As we approach hot and dry June in this new year, you’ll be stuffed full of your own garden-grown veggies!
We hope this has inspired you to spend some time outdoors next year, enjoying Arizona’s fabulous spring weather. Gardening can be fun for the family, relaxing, and very rewarding. Now, if you need some backyard maintenance before you decide where to build your garden plot (or if you need some assistance with that alone), Red Mountain Landscaping is here to get you ready for spring! Call or complete our form to schedule an appointment with our team today.
Gardening isn’t only a springtime activity. Fortunately, Arizona’s weather permits outdoor plant care year-round, but although we can withstand the cold, some of the plants we add to our gardens in the spring cannot. In this post, we want to help our customers and community in Chandler, Gilbert, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, and surrounding cities protect and care for the plants that they’ve worked so hard to grow all year, from the coming winter chill.
Move the plant if possible
If the plant is still free in a pot, and not planted underground, you have the option to move it into a space where it will be happier and able to thrive. If it is a breed of plant that does well indoors, feel free to move it inside. Wherever you decide to keep it, test and ensure that the plant is getting adequate sunlight and care in its new location. In very few cases would you pull up a plant that is already in the ground, for example, with tropical plants, which we will discuss more in-depth later on.
Allow your plants to become dormant and take a break
In the spring, you wanted your flowers to bloom and trees to fruit, plant growth and beautiful production was the goal. During an Arizona winter, you want to let your plants take a break. This means, resume most of your normal care, but you can cut back on water slightly; the sun will no longer be dehydrating your plants. Keep an eye to make sure the soil still feels moist and leaves stay healthy and hydrated, you don’t want to cut back too much, but a too-moist plant freezing into ice and thawing repeatedly can turn to mush. Because you aren’t looking for growth at this time, you can skip fertilizer as well.
Insulate plants during a freezing forecast
You’ve probably seen neighbors pulling sheets off of plants the morning after a cold winter night as if they’re waking the plant up, but a sheet keeps a plant warm overnight the same way it does for you! If a predicted night below freezing is on it’s way, insulate your plants with a blanket. If it will be particularly freezing, you can put plastic over the sheet for extra insulation, in the form of a bag or tarp. Never use a bag or tarp alone, always use over a sheet, as this is gentler on and better for your plant.
Give special care to special plants
If you grow a tropical species of flower or vegetable in Arizona, it may not last through that cool and arid winter. In this case, your best bet is to re-pot these flowers as gently as possible and store them in a garage or basement during the harsh winter season. This also goes for non-tropical but very small and delicate plants that could easily be burned by the winter cold. Because these special plants are just that, something not meant to survive in our climate thus requiring additional care and attention, it is more likely that you will lose these plants over other desert-native plants during winter. In this case, you can make the best of it and use these plants in your compost.
Arizona’s beautiful weather permits gardening all year, but if you find yourself struggling with your plants in the winter, reach out to the team at Red Mountain Landscaping. Our plant professionals can help care for the plants you worked so hard to raise and care for all spring and summer. We serve customers in Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, Scottsdale, Gilbert, and beyond, and we would love to help you with your outdoor space and landscaping needs!
Your home is a place where you can relax, have fun, and mind your surroundings. This why so many people invest in their home and yards as often as possible. Our yards and patios at are wonderful places to relax and enjoy life! By keeping our landscaping healthy, we also ensure our homes remain beautiful outside and in! We know it can be challenging to keep a clean and attractive landscape, but consider these tips so you can avoid hating how the outside of your yard looks!
1. Regular Landscape Maintenance
This has always been the proper way to do landscaping maintenance. It’s best if you create a landscape maintenance plan with the help of a Red Mountain Landscaping in Queen Creek. We can come to your home, work according to your needs and preferences, and maintain your yards and gardens especially during high grass and plant growth seasons. We offer weekly, bi-weekly- and monthly landscape maintenance.
2. Eliminate Insects and Pests
In some cases, certain pests and insects can be nuances to the health of your plants, gardens or trees. Make sure to remove them with a proper suggestions from professional landscapers in Queen Creek. We can help recommend to you how to remove these pests properly and know the right pest control products to use so pests will no longer return to your property.
3. Preparation for Bad Weather
It’s sad that pests are not the only ones that can destroy landscapes but also the weather. Monsoons, for example, can come even when least expected. We can help you identify risks and provide proper interventions on how to maintain your property despite of weather conditions that will come.
4. Avoid Possible Flooding
As your landscapers in Queen Creek we can install proper drainage to your property to prevent flooding. Without proper drainage, your plants, trees, and everything you invest in could be ruined.
5. Regular Pruning
One of the reasons to prune your landscape is to maintain its cleanliness and beauty. Overgrown Bushes cover the beauty of your property, make your yards look tacky and an eyesore so be sure to keep the regularly pruned. We can help with this task.
6. Proper Watering
So many homeowners either have too little or too much water feeding their plants, grass or trees. We can properly assess the sprinklers and drip systems and take care of all the proper water levels to make sure everything stays alive in this crazy Arizona heat! We can also fix or replace any broken drip lines or sprinklers in the process.
7. Fertilizer Treatment
Your plants and trees should be treated with fertilizers in order to maintain healthy. In doing so, with adequate water of course, your landscapes will remain healthy. As your landscapers in Queen Creek , we will not only help you with this task but we can also inform you about the right fertilizer products to use and how to care for your plants, grass, gardens, and trees afterwards.
8. Choose a Qualified Landscaper
As your Queen Creek landscapers, we will work with you to maintain the health of your property. We can be there for you when you need us. We are licensed and experienced in landscaping and have the required manpower and tools to service you correctly. Our experienced landscapers are results-driven and are much acquainted to the techniques and products used when it comes to keeping everything healthy. If you need any landscaping assistance, be sure to give us a call at 480-373-9312 or fill out the estimate form below!
A number of us will certainly have panned out our yards, or made a draft, to figure out exactly what room we have in order to help us to pick the plants in the garden. There are a couple of vital things to ask to make sure that your time invested garden preparation is as efficient as feasible.
What is the number of plants can have in a garden space?
Among one of the most usual errors garden enthusiasts make is attempting to stuff way too many plants right into their yards, which causes congestion as well as bad harvests as the plants grow and also contend for the very best nutrients.
What is the very best design for my plants?
It's normally needed to re position the plants on a strategy till you accomplish the best format. See to it that you take into consideration both the dimension of plants when they are completely expanded, as well as their expanding requirements; for example, stretching squash needs to go to the side of veggie beds so they do not surround various other plants, leafed plants like summertime lettuce could gain from the color cast by taller plants, as well as wonderful corn must constantly be expanded in blocks as opposed to a solitary row to ensure that they could wind-pollinate correctly.
What do I have to acquire or purchase?
Very carefully preparing seed as well as garden supply orders is important, so you could obtain expanding when the weather condition is right.
When should I grow?
It's essential to create a timetable of the very best times for growing each plant in your town. For finest results some plants such as tomatoes as well as peppers ought to be started under cover or inside your home numerous weeks prior to your last frost. Various other plants such as beans and also squash can not be planted till outdoors temperature levels are dependably cozy.
What might fail?
Consider just what could trigger troubles. For instance, huge blocks of solitary plants could quickly be struck by insects such as aphids so do not forget to consist of blooming plants to bring in useful pests in your strategy, or an unexpected warm spell may maim young tender plants unless you have actually prepared ample watering or color.
All this preparation could be done making use of pen and also paper, however this could be taxing. It ends up being progressively made complex the a lot more plants you expand, specifically if you're monitoring a number of years of prepare for plant turning functions.
Utilizing the Garden Planner
The Garden Planner has actually been created to fix most of the migraines of expanding an effective garden by assisting you to create the ideal strategy of just what you'll expand where when.
The primary step is to include every one of the crucial things that you have or prepare to consist of in your garden. The Garden Planner has great deals of ready-designed garden things such as sheds, fencing's as well as garden compost containers, which could be gone down directly right into your strategy. Most of them, such as increased beds as well as glasshouses could be gotten used to fit your area. For odd-shaped yards you could note borders with lines or fencing's, which could be bent if required.
To include plants, simply click the plant to choose it up, click your strategy where you wish to position it, and after that hold back your computer mouse switch and also drag to attract an entire row or block. As you include veggies the room they call for is plainly revealed by the tinted location around each plant, and also the tool-tip presents the amount of plants will certainly suit the location.
Click the 'i' switch alongside the plant in the choice bar for expanding details. You could additionally make use of the Filter switch to the left of the option bar to just plants that fit your demands.
You could prepare conventional rows or blocks, or if you're utilizing the extensive Square Foot Gardening technique, the Garden Planner has a committed SFG setting.
Better Garden Planner Features
The Garden Planner has several various other effective functions that make it simple to obtain even more from your garden.
Preparation your garden will certainly guarantee you've obtained all the details you have to begin your plants at the very best time and also provide the very best opportunity of survival via the expanding period. With great preparation, some effort, and also a little assistance from Mother Nature, you could eagerly anticipate collecting a bumper plant.