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Colorscapes will open for the 2014 season on March 31st.
Colorscapes Greenhouse and Nursery specializes in garden and landscape plants for Northern Nevada and has been proudly serving Elko, Spring Creek, Winnemucca, Carlin, Wells, and all points in between since 1991.
Although we are not a mail-order greenhouse, we know that many experienced, new to the area, and just getting started gardeners like to come out with a list of possibilities. Our Availability List Pages provide pictures and cultural information about the plants we plan to offer. Our Annuals Availability List Page will be posted in March.
GARDENING AS COMPARED TO LANDSCAPING
focuses on the plants within an area of the landscape. Choosing the right plants requires some fundamental knowledge of plant names, color and bloom time, growth characteristics, water and nutritional needs, soil quality, and available light.
is an overall view of the property and how gardens and hardscapes are designed to fit in a pleasing fashion within those perameters. At Colorscapes we strive to make the shopping experience both educational and inspirational; via this website, by providing on-site information about our plants, and providing design ideas to help you create a landscape that you can enjoy as a beautiful extension of your home.
We're all looking for plants that are easy to grow so we can spend more time enjoying them and less time maintaining them. So, here's the challenge to people looking for plants to enrich their lives: Prior planning prevents poor performance. Getting an area ready for planting will always define the difference between plants that thrive and plants that dive. So, let's change those problem areas into a place that you can enjoy through the changing seasons.
Start with a plan/design that provides a place to spend time relaxing outside.
Trees and shrubs are the backbone of any design and your best starting point. Also referred to as screens, garden backdrops, and vertical elements, shrubs provide privacy and a sense of enclosure as we avoid views and noises from intrusive surroundings by creating spaces to enjoy being outdoors. I advocate using a mix rather than single variety plantings in an effort to create diversity in the landscape. Adding perennials and annuals further increases the overall beauty and adds seasonal interest. On the design, the average garden depth is two-thirds of the mature height of the tallest planting.
Ex: A design that includes shrubs that mature at 8' need to be a minimum of 6' in depth.
Establish edges to define where the garden begins and ends.
Edging is available in a range of materials. Criteria can include ease of installation, durability, aesthetic qualities, and availability for future installations. Using consistent edging material for nearby areas as they're developed adds continuity to the site. Garden walls and other raised bed designs hold soil in place and add a vertical element to an otherwise one-dimensional view of the garden. Hardscapes including buildings, fencing, or walkways can be used to define the front or back of the garden. To avoid plant damage and soil compaction, it's best to do those needed fixer-upper chores to hardscapes prior to planting.
Improve soil for plant root development and water conservation.
I work new beds 10-12 inches in depth with a tiller then topdress with 2-3 inches of organic amendments. Bring the tiller tines up and incorporate the amendments into the top 4-6 inches of soil. Machinery can be rented or digging by hand is always an option. The time and energy spent breaking up compacted soil and preparing a garden area for planting will always pay off in the long run. I prefer to use organic amendments since they feed both the soil and the plants. Rejuvenating an existing garden? Start by digging out weeds and weedy looking plants that don't fit into the design; if it's a really cool plant, lift it out for saving, otherwise... toss it.
Establish how the garden will be most easily, yet efficiently, watered.
In-ground systems with flexible poly and rigid risers are easy to install, manageable, and reliable, but are less water-wise, risk saturating blooms with water, and are blocked as plants mature. Connected emitters on a drip system, low-volume soaker hoses, and drip tube systems are water-wise, but need to be constantly monitored to ensure that they are delivering enough water to thoroughly soak the entire root zone of all plantings. Water timers at the faucet can be used to deliver water intermittently. Our 5,000 sq.ft. lawn is on a pop-up system and programmed to receive two-twenty minute cycles, twice a week in the heat of summer. Over the past two summers, we have averaged 30,000 gallons of water in both July and August to maintain a fully developed landscape, the greenhouse and nursery, and for use in the home.
Select and group plants that have the same light, soil, and water requirements.
Do your homework so you can shop with a list of possibilities. Pictures of the area or a picture from a magazine that appeals to you are also ways to increase your chances of finding just the right plants, but be flexible and willing to try plants suggested by a trusted retailer. Gardening is for those who love to be around plants and enjoy spending time outside caring for them.
Topdress with a slow-release fertilizer and 2-4 inches of mulch.
Do this before when planting plants in 6" or smaller pots fairly close to one another. Do this after for bigger perennials and shrubs. I apply a 14-14-14 slow-release fertilizer combined with iron at the rate of one pound per 100 sq.ft. of garden area. Mulching is an important step since it will deter weeds, conserve water, and improve the tilth of the soil. Gardeners have their own favorite, I like those that break down within two seasons, feeding the soil and the organisms that make healthy plants possible.
Water newly planted gardens thoroughly and frequently until established.
Even water-wise plants need to be kept evenly moist while roots work their way into the soil, especially those planted in July-August. Once established, after one full growing season, continue to water thoroughly, but less frequently. All plants need a supply of oxygen to the roots, so avoid over-watering once the plants are established. As temperatures rise in July and August, we increase watering to every five days. With our 12 gardens, we use an excel spread sheet to schedule watering days. A deep, thorough watering is better than light, frequent watering.
Avoid the use of chemicals to eradicate weeds and insects.
It's a buggy world, but they're not all bad guys. The use of chemicals in the home landscape has been the leading cause of the decline in beneficial insects that keep populations of detrimental insects in check. Weed burners are easy to use and provide a safer alternative to spraying. Pulling weeds is part of gardening and if you get them before they go to seed, the chore is made exponentially easier.
Our long-term goals continue to be:
To educate customers so they can be successful, confident gardeners.
To provide healthy plants that are grown in and for this area.
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