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Monsoon or Nonsoon?
Is Your Garden Ready?
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Need a new look for a small area? Maybe it’s time to Evaluate your Garden!
What Can You Do To Prepare For This Season

Well we’ve had a few storms and depending on where you live maybe a couple of good rain/wind events. There are some things you can and should do to get your garden thru this season as unscathed as possible.

First-there may be nothing you can do to stop catastrophic winds from damaging or uprooting trees. Hurricane force winds and rain is going to do what it does and no staking or pruning is going to help in these cases. You can make sure large limbs or trees are not overhanging your roof or cars. If they do fall make sure they fall on open space.
Second- Most trees are uprooted because they’re improperly watered. Be sure you’re moving drips away from trunk as tree grows and watering long enough to get water to at least a depth of 3 feet. See Landscape Watering By The Numbers to determine how to water deeply enough.
Third- Be sure young trees are properly staked. Remove the stake the tree came with and replace it with 2 stakes one on either side of the tree equal distant apart. Tie the tree loosely to either stake be sure to use a rubber hose or similar where tie or wire makes contact with tree. This allows the tree freedom to move and become less dependent on the stakes more quickly.
Third- Fertilize adequately. With the increase in humidity, plants will begin to grow and recover from early summer heat stress. Be sure to supply proper nutrients to allow this to happen more vigorously.
Four- If it rains and with more moisture in the air, plants will not dry out as quickly, especially if your mulching. You may actually be able to cut back on the frequency of the water schedule. Remember the average daily temp is coming down and the days are getting shorter as well. In lawns a good indicator of excess moisture are mushrooms or toad stools growing. They are a sure sign you can cut back on the water. Be sure you’re watering lawns in early morning and not at night.
Five-Evaluate. This is a great time to take a good look at your garden and decide if a particular tree, shrub, or vine is a good fit in that spot. Perhaps it has struggled every year at this time? Maybe you’ve lost a tree or large limb and the plants near that are now getting too much sun? It might just be time for a redo. Many of us have lived in our homes for a long time. We’ve remodeled the inside, why not do the same on the out? If you need help evaluating your landscape, we’ll come do it for FREE!! Perhaps a monsoon storm is just what it takes to end up getting you the garden of your dreams!

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Mid Winter Gardening!!
You Read It Right!
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Landscapes may be more enjoyable at night now-we can help you create a “dream” night scape
It’s Certainly Not Cold But:
Here are words that Webster says are synonymous with the term winter:
break, breath, breather, interruption, lull, pause, recess; abeyance, doldrums, dormancy, latency, quiescence, suspense, suspension

Sounds like what we have going on here now doesn’t it. Most of the country is forced into the “interruption” of winter by a big layer of the “white” stuff that lays on the ground. In our case a lot of it is self induced, but it is a bit hot out there in the middle of the day! A lot of folks take a breather from their gardening activities this time of year for a number of reasons but there are still many things that if left unattended can lead to problems down the road. So here is a short list of things that shouldn’t be neglected in the landscape now:

YOU MAY ACTUALLY WANT TO CUT BACK ON WATERING FREQUENCY WITH HIGHER HUMIDITY AND SOME OCCASIONAL RAINFALL-You’ll notice that things are staying moist a lot longer now due to high dew points, also it is best to water in early morning rather than night so that fungi and molds don’t grow as easily.

CHECK YOUNG TREES FOR PROPER STAKING: Be sure that you have removed the “grower” stake that is directly fixed to the trunk and replace with 2 stakes equidistant from the trunk and on either side. This allows for the tree to move and it will get stronger more quickly and the tree will be less likely to break in high winds.

THIN OUT DENSE CANOPIED TREES: If done properly this will allow wind to pass thru more easily and can reduce break downs during wind storms.

PROPERLY PLACE DRIP EMITTERS/WATERING:  Few of us ever move and add emitters to trees as they grow. The proper place to water is out near the “drip line” or at least between the drip line and trunk. Most trees that blow over are the result of improper water or water placement not allowing the roots to anchor the tree properly. Roots can’t find water, they proliferate where water is present and abundant. If the only place there is moisture is close to the trunk that is where they will grow!

CONTROL WEEDS: If we do get rain or even with high humidity, we get weeds. You can prevent them by using preemergent herbicides or if the do appear, pull or eliminate while they are young. this is when sprurge is very prevalent and grows fast. Spurge is also full of seed and will spread if not pulled or disposed of properly. It almost demands a two prong approach of pre emergent and pulling or spraying existing plants while young. The best way to prevent weeds is a healthy lawn or ground cover like mulch in the garden- So 2 more things to do now: MULCH GARDENS AND FLOWER BEDS AND KEEP LAWNS AND GARDENS FERTILIZED AS THEY ARE GROWING VERY FAST NOW (Be sure to never mow more the 1/3 of the length of grass off when you mow-you may have to raise mowing heights a little now as well).

Well there is you mid Winter gardening check list! Hey at least we can go outside and swim, our cars don’t need tire chains, and the sidewalk doesn’t need shoveled!!! Swim suits are a lot cheaper that heavy down jackets as well!
Enjoy and if you need help creating or keeping the Garden of Your Dreams exactly that-Call us today for a FREE evaluation of your landscape!
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Not 50% but it’s now 60% OFF regular price of all plants at our Mesa location only!!

At least it feels cooler with the sound of water in your landscape or garden!
Ponderings News From Our Friends At The Pond Gnome!
What’s New?

When we met some of you, about a decade ago, the Aquascape™ Classic equipment that was installed in those water features was the best and easiest pond equipment to maintain. It was second to none in the industry. The last decade has had us completely immersed in the pond construction and maintenance trade, and Aquascape, Inc., the leader in backyard ponding, has created the Signature Pro™ series pond filtration equipment to make the ponding hobby easier for everyone.

So, what’s the difference between the original Classic models and the new Signature models? The skimmer net has been replaced with a rigid basket, making it more user-friendly, as the net tended to push out against the float valve when it was full of debris. The new Signature Pro equipment comes with stainless steel hardware to prevent electrolysis disintegration. The new Signature series is more durable, and the new shape eliminates bowing of the skimmer box from tree roots and ground shifting. We are so excited about these new and improved filters that we want to offering our pond clients a 10% discount on upgrading your water feature to the newest system.

Congrats to Tony King-The Crape Myrtle Man!!
Tony was the first to correctly I.D. our plant of the week-Crape Myrtle
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If you think it’s too hot to be winter and therefore you don’t want to “plant something”. Call us-we’d love to deliver,plant, or plan the garden of your dreams. With 70 years of Knowledge in desert gardening and landscaping-The Harper Boys would love to help you be inspired to have the garden of your dreams!!

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Happy Independence Day
Wishing you
and your family
a happy and safe 4th of July!
As we celebrate this greatest nation on God’s green earth this weekend, the Harper Boys wish a great Independence Day weekend to you all!
Be Sure To Bring this Golden Coupon In With You This Weekend!
Celebrate Independence by shopping Independently at an Independent, Locally Owned Merchant!
The Golden Coupon will save you 20% OFF on you purchases of plants thru the entire Holiday weekend! Having a BBQ and need some quick heat loving color: Bougainvilleas, Lantana, Mexican Bird…..WE’ve got em and they’re 20% OFF With the Golden Coupon!!

Congratulations To Teri Chadwick for being the first to correctly I.D. the plant of the week! Society Garlic was the correct answer! Be sure to follow us on social media and you can win a FREE plant every week!
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Tune in to Rosie On The House and Get the how to’s on building and using your outdoor living space to create a great place to cook and entertain! Jerry Harper will be with Rosie and Romie as they share do’s and dont’s of outdoor kitchens and BBQs. Might be a recipe or two as well!! 92.3 FM KTAR Saturday at 8am
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How’s Your Night Life?

We’ll Help Make It Better!

We have many styles and finishes of outdoor lights on display at our Landscape Design Center
Make Your Outdoor Living Space More Useable

Everyone knows that most days now it is just darn hot. Unless you’re in or near the water you probably aren’t spending much time outside now. But here in the desert the nights cool down rapidly and we have the opportunity to use our outdoor gardens, kitchens, and entertaining areas at night-making them useable year round! Nothing makes a garden look better, function better, or more secure than a properly lit one! The Harper Boys are proud to feature Vista Landscape Lighting in our projects. In fact you can see 20 or so different models and finishes of Vista landscape lighting fixtures in our Landscape Design Centre. Spot lights, path lights, lights for the BBQ, under the counter, and even down lighting from the ramada or patio! Let the Harper boys show you how you can improve your night life today!

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Congrats to Paula Costello- Paula was the first to I.D. our photo of a Canna Lily in Tuesday’s social media posts! Paula we have a FREE Canna for you when you’re ready!! Watch every Tuesday-follow us and you can win too!
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Be sure and tune in Saturday at 8 am on 92.3fm and get all the tips on gardening in the desert from the Harper Boys and Rosie on the House
Warm Weather Gardening – What To Do!

Mulch! adding a layer of organic mulch around your plants will help them go longer between watering, cut down on weeds, and help them look much better thru long dry spells
Check and Adjust irrigation Schedules!-be sure water is going only where it should and when it should. Be sure to consult the “Water Use It Wisely” landscape watering by the numbers booklet for proper watering schedules.  We would be more than glad to check you system and or repair it to make it function properly-you’ll have healthier plants and perhaps a lower water bill!!
Paint smooth barked trees like: ficus, ash,and citrus to prevent sunburned bark
Fertilize Yes it is OK to fertilize plants trees and especially your lawn while it is growing it’s fastest. A healthy plant will not stress near as much during times of extreme weather
Control Pests Warm weather means that caterpillars, mites, borers, pearl scale and lots of other critters are active on your plants. control if damage is excessive. Also control unwanted weeds as they are competing for sunlight and water with your desirable plants.
Plant Yep this is a great time to plant warm weather, acclimated trees, shrubs, and vines. We landscape year round and either grow our own plants or buy from local growers. Plants that are acclimated to our hot weather will thrive even better in the ground at your home!! Don’t wait for shade start growing it now!!
If it’s too hot for you-we’ll do the planting! We can design, deliver, and or just install one plant or the garden of your dreams!! Give the Harper Boys a call today!

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If you’d like to enjoy your garden more, day or night, we’d be honored to help you create the garden of your dreams! Call us or come by and see our beautiful landscape design center for inspiration. We have decades of knowledge on how to create and keep your garden or landscape dreamy!!

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Scottsdale, AZ 85257

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It’s Official-Summer Is Here!!

June 21, 2014-the Summer Solstice has arrived! The Longest Day of the Year is today. Take advantage of that great growing time and get over to our Mesa location where we are celebrating by clearing out thousands of plants at 50% OFF!! All our plants are grown right there on the spot so they are used to the heat and will do nicely planted this time of year in your garden.

Start that dream garden by saving today and take advantage of the longest day of the year to do it! The Harper Boys want to help you have the Garden Of Your Dreams whether we sell you plants and you do it yourself, or we help you from the intial design clear to the final installation!

Happy Summer and Good Growin’

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How’s The Outdoor Living?
Are You Livin’ The DREAM?
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If Your Landscape Isn’t Your Dreamscape…

If you’re not living in all parts of your home, that means the outdoor space as well as indoors, then you probably are not taking full advantage of why we live in Arizona! Even this time of year with the daytime heat we can enjoy our shaded patios, pools, and the cool of the evenings.If you are not cooking outside, saving on the air conditioning bill, you’re not only getting all hot under the collar inside, but you may be  missing out on some great healthy meals.

All of this to say that we’d love to help you take full advantage of making your outdoor living space more livable, in fact we want to help you create the garden of your dreams!
It’s all just a call away or a visit to our Landscape Design Centre where you can find actual build outs of nearly all the elements you’ll need to have that dream landscape, outdoor kitchen, or resort in your back yard!

See How We Can Create The Garden Of Your Dreams

Did you know that putting in grass has been shown to reduce ground temperatures by as much as 30 degrees? We continually see a trend for people to use rocks in their yards because they don’t like the perceived maintenance of a yard.  In this day and age it is important to think about the environment. Sod cleans the air and helps recharge our groundwater supplies. Turfgrass is one of nature’s finest and least expensive filters, and works to improve the environment. The front lawn of just 8 homes has the cooling effect of 70 tons of air conditioning. Just think how happy you and your pets would be to walk around during the summer months if everyone had natural grass in their yard.  You can have a beautiful lawn and be responsible if you water wisely.  Grass doesn’t waste water-people waste water.

More Great Summer Lawn Tips From Mr WiseGrass

Our Winner!!

Congrats to Jason Erickson for being the first to Properly identify “arabian jasmine”  We had lots of correct answer but Jason was the quickest with the keyboard!

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If you’re not enjoying your outdoor living space the way you’d like, we’d love to help. We can design, install, and help you keep the Garden of Your Dreams!
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Scottsdale, AZ 85257

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Happy Father’s Day
Let’s Plant A Legacy For Dad!

Celebrate Dad and Save Big!!

50% Off All Plants at our Mesa location!!

Happy Father’s Day Viejo

Click to watch Father’s Day Plant Something Video
He Taught Us How To Plant A Tree

When did you plant your first tree? Who taught you or who did you watch do it? The Harper Boys had a great teacher (yes we’re in the business ) when it came to how, when, where, and why to plant trees. We learned that planting trees was not only important at customers homes, but at our own as well. We also learned they were important for the community. I don’t know how many “living Christmas trees” were donated to the schools we went to.Every time I drive by Tonalea grade school We’ll remember Dad and his trees! Perhaps you didn’t have quite the same experience- it’s not too late to start. Why not be the one to begin the legacy of planting trees or shrubs or vines that someone will be remembered by. Oh at the same time your creating beauty, value, oxygen…… Let’s Plant Something! Happy Father’s Day!

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June Pond Care by The Pond Gnome

It’s officially hot out now, and it would be a good idea to have a cheap emergency pump/air stone on hand in case your circulation system goes down in the middle of one of those 110 degree days or, more importantly, during the 100 degree nights.  Unfortunately, we can’t always can get help to you right away, and if there’s no circulation at night when the plants are exhaling there’s a danger of suffocating your fish, especially if they’ve gotten quite large.
Another item of concern as the weather gets hot: bacteria storage.  You MUST keep your beneficial bacteria and enzymes indoors — and NOT in the garage or on the back patio!  Any temperature over 90 degrees will kill it, even if exposure is fairly short.  Then you’re simply wasting money, and we all hate to do that.  Proper storage practices are the answer: cool, dry location.
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Well we had no one guess the plant trivia plant of the week-Germander! It’s a great plant for a small area. Very heat and cold hardy, looks great in a container as well!WE hope you have a great Father’s Day weekend and you’ll begin or continue the legacy of planting something!!

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2529 N. Hayden Rd.480 946 3481
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
1830 E McKellips Rd. Mesa 480 964 4909

It’s Wednesday, But Father’s Day Is Comin’

Watch Plant Something, Father's Day Video

Let’s plant something in honor or in memory of Dad or Grandpa. What a legacy a mighty oak or giant mesquite could leave! Father’s Day is this coming weekend come celebrate by planting something!

All plants at our Mesa location are 50% OFF, a great way to honor Dad and save as well!

Good Growin’

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The Best Plant You’ve Never Heard Of!

If you can name this little toughy one is yours free! Perhaps one of the most under appreciated plants of all time!

If you’re looking for great plants or the correct place to plant them or both-The Harper Boys are here to help. Inspiration and Knowledge- a great combination to help you create the garden of your dreams and keep it that way!!

Good Growin’

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It’s Show Time

Be sure to tune in to 92.3fm KTAR this morning at 8. We’ll be touchin’ base on all the early June gardening “to dos” and to don’t s like:

It’s time to dethatch and aerate you lawn, feed your citrus and lawns, mulch all you flower,vegetable,and rose beds.

It’s time that we are seeing lots of grape leaf skeletonizers, spider mites, and other critters in the landscape and garden.

And you can certainly still and should be planting warm weather lovers like lantana, hibiscus, bougainvilleas, palms, mexican bird of paradise….If you need any suggestions we’re here for you on the air at 8 and 6 days a week. Our mission is to help you create and keep the garden of your dreams!

Remember next Sunday is Father’s Day-what a day to plant a tree, or anything else in honor or memory of DAD! Plants are a great way to remind us of how special someone is in our lives.

If you’re wanting to save big money right now, purchasing plants for dad or in that process of creating that dream garden-All plants at our Mesa location are 50% OFF! Come in the selection is fantastic and you don’t need any better reason than Dad!!

Good Growin’

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