Agave Weevils

by admin on May 2, 2012

One of the most disgusting and disturbing insects I’ve come across in Las Vegas, NV is indeed the Agave Weevil. They can infect: Agave, Yucca, Century, Aloe Vera, basically any plant with a wide leaf blade with a blue/grey, blue/green leaf color.

They can and will kill your plants and the smell is awful! Here is a synopsis for you to be aware of, especially if you have any susceptible plants. By April they come to life and start to look for a place to lay their eggs. The females tunnel their way through the plant to its heart, leaving bacteria and eggs in it’s path. When the eggs hatch they follow their mothers path to the heart of the plant and help rot out the heart. When they are fully mature they make their way out of the plant and onto the next. Their active life cycle is between six and twelve weeks, destroying any plants in their path, until they go dormant again.

It’s difficult to tell when a plant is infected with Agave Weevils, symptoms usually don’t begin to show until the infection is too far to be treated. The plant can look unhealthy, have a strange odor coming from it, or begin to loose healthy blades for no reason. These symptoms can also be caused by frost bite, root rot and countless other issues. Prevention is the only way to keep these little buggers out of your plants and away from the yard you enjoy.

To prevent this from happening to your plants, apply an annual dose of pesticide in early April. It needs to be systemic so the roots can absorb it and the plant can hold it in it’s blades for the active months. The more susceptible plants are the ones reaching maturity, so treat your mature plants with care and pesticides.

Humming Birds

by admin on May 2, 2012

I enjoy hummingbirds, they are so beautiful and carefree. Here are a couple of plants we grow in Las Vegas, NV and a few tips to attract them to your home. Some plants they can’t resist: Salvia, Geranium, Zinnia, any Trumpet Vine, Honeysuckle, Butterfly Bush (also known as a Lilac), Bottle Brush, Lantana, Rosemary, Yellow Bells, Silk trees, Desert Willows or Chilapia.

Butterflies are also attracted to many of the same plants. A hummingbird feeder will also help, the sweet smell from the nectar mix inside can have them nesting in your trees in no time. I have personally seen nests in Pine trees and African Sumac’s, not to say they don’t nest in other trees. Those two just have a lot of cover and that’s what they need for a nest. Theirs nests are very small, about the size of a tea candle, and their babies are equally as small and fragile. If you see a nest, don’t disturb it, baby hummingbirds have a high pitch whistle when they are calling their parents, and if the parents smell the scent of a human on the nest, they may abandon it and the chicks. So don’t touch the hummingbirds, but enjoy them!

Butterflies

May 2, 2012

It’s spring and time for butterflies. Want to know how to attract them? Here are a few tips to help you out. They are highly attracted to some plants, some flowers for your flower garden: Alyssum, Lilac (also known as a butterfly bush), Roses, Marigold, Zinnia, Mum, Clover, Sunflower, any Ice plant, Verbena, Daisy, Forget […]

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Lawn Benefits and Basics

May 2, 2012

A well kept healthy lawn is the main goal for most who have this type of landscaping. It’s been estimated by real estate agents that beautiful lawns on a property can increase the home value by five to fifteen percent on average. The reason why is because a healthy landscape can reflect on the rest […]

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10 years and counting…

January 27, 2012

Meet the family. Running out of our original shop, our family owned and operated company has been servicing all corners of Las Vegas for over a decade. We love what we do, and you’ll love what we do too.

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