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Beginning To Look Like Fall!!

Look What’s New and Arriving!!

First Day Of Fall Around The Corner

September 22 is Monday-That means this is the last official weekend of summer! We’re gearing up for the fall planting season and will have available for this weekend:
Mizuna, Kale, Cauliflower,Broccoli Raab, Broccoli, Dill sorrel, Fennel, Leeks, Onions, Basil, Mint, Pak Choi, Dill, Edible Calendula,Beet Greens, Chard… and Tomatoes.
For the flower garden: Petunias, Marigolds, Mums, and Lobelia make their appearance for the first time!
Again be sure you’ve properly prepared your soil! It is a must for early season success-It is simple especially after some rain the soil should be fairly soft: for every 100 sq. ft. (10×10) incorporate 3-6 bags of Hickman’s compost or Mel’s Mix, 10 lbs of gypsum, 2 lbs of blood meal, and 4 lbs of bone meal. Mix it in well and you’ll be set to plant! Good Growin’

Landscape Centre Open House and Fall Gardening Seminar! Live Broadcast of Rosie On The House 8-11 Saturday October 4th

Many of you were with us in May when we had a “soft” opening of our new landscape centre. Well with the fall season at hand we’ve added a few things and think it’s an excuse for another party! Saturday October 4 from 9-2 come and see, eat, smell, and learn! We’ll have the outdoor kitchen fired up cooking dogs and who knows what else, our landscape partners like THE POND GNOME, CUSTOM ADOBE BUILDERS, MIRAGE GREENS, BELGARD PAVERS, and others will be on hand to show you how you can create the garden of your dreams!
Our vegetable grower- Vilardi Gardens will be on hand to answer questions about vegetable gardening, The Harper Boys will be doing fall gardening seminars during the day and you can meet the Cajun Contractors Rosie and Romey Romero!

CONGRATS to Bob Boettger!!
Bob was the first to name “rain lily” to our plant of the week contest this past Tuesday! Want a FREE plant? Tune in to social media every Tuesday and play along!
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Is Fall Cleaning = Spring Cleaning?
Either Way It’s Time!!
Out With The Old-In With The New!

Is It Spring or Fall?

If you have read one or two of our letters in the past, you know, and if you haven’t well we’ve got a weird take on what we call summer around here! Since it is our bleakest season for the landscape we prefer to think of it as winter! So that must mean we’re headed into spring right? Well either way spring or fall, it is time to start getting ready! Call it a Spring cleaning or a Fall one we’re here to help! If you need your landscape/ yard/ garden evaluated we can have one of our professional landscape/garden designers come out and take a look-and have you ready to enjoy your outdoor living space in no time. Perhaps all you need is a little sprucing up ( a light trim and a shave so to speak) we can do that too-Give us a call today so that when Spring (fall) arrives you’ll be lookin’ good!

See How Beautiful The Garden Of Your Dreams Can Be

Last Week
Let’s Get This Over With!
We’re down to the last week of moving our Mesa Location to our Newly Remodeled Landscape Design Centre at Our Scottsdale Location! Help us not to have to move any more plants! It’s time to start planting- come in and SAVE!

Practical Magic
Ah, Fall!  The temperatures drop a bit (well, it’s below 100 at night, anyway), the kids are all back in school (and parents are doing the happy dance), leaves are beginning to turn colors (okay, maybe not here), and we begin switching out our wardrobes (okay, definitely not HERE).  And just think: only 3-1/2 months until Christmas!

So while you have this quiet before the oncoming storm, take a moment (or an hour) to stop and enjoy where you are at this moment in time.  And don’t forget to hug your kids every day — whether they like it or not!

Keep up your gardening work this month!  The water temperature is still plenty warm to keep those aquatic plants growing aggressively.  Ten minutes per week is all it should take to keep your living water feature in tip-top shape.  And remember to take some time to just sit and relax: be a humanBEING instead of a humanDOING once in a while!
Recently, we mentioned a special deal for those clients who might want to upgrade from their Classic system to the new and improved Signature system of pond equipment.  We got a great response to that offer, and wanted to remind anyone else out there that the offer of special discount pricing will expire at the end of October 2014.  So, if you’re still on the fence, don’t wait too long to get on our schedule to have that done at a discount.
Join us for First Saturday’s at Harper’s Nursery & Landscape Centre, starting October 4th, 8 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  To kick off the Fall Season, this first event will include a live remote broadcast of the Rosie On The House show followed by a BBQ.  Come on by to see some of our work, and ask any questions you may have.  Also, chat with other experts about great landscape options for your yard like paver patios, contemporary pottery, shade structures, a putting green, a fire pit, an outdoor kitchen, and much more!
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Let’s Help Out A Local Nursery In Need!!

Perhaps the best way to help the Cox family is to purchase some local grown plants and we’ll replace them with more local grown plants from Jessica and Ryan’s Nursey!

A Local Nursery Needs Our Help

Cox Cactus Farm
Buy Local Plants From Local Nurseries

As many of you may know by now one of our local nurseries, a wholesale grower in north Phoenix was devastated by the flash flooding this past week. Folks  in and out of our industry are helping in many ways from combing the desert for empty pots to driving tractors and re grading the nursery yard. The best way for us to help is to buy their product. The Cox s (Ryan and Jessica)  sell their plants to local nurseries like us and landscape contractors. How can you help? If you are contemplating a landscape project or just need a new plant for a pot or planter, be sure to purchase from someone who is buying from local growers especially the Cox Cactus Farm!
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Any Agave, Cactus,or Succulent
so we can replace them with new ones from Cox Cactus Farm!!
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A Winner!!
Jacq Davis was the first to properly ID our plant of the week as “sweet pea” bush
Congratulations to Jacq. If you’d like to win a FREE plant, be sure to follow us on any one of these social media. Our contest is every Tuesday!
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Harper’s Landscape Co. & Gardening Centre

2529 N. Hayden Rd. Scottsdale 480 946 3481
1830 E. McKellips Rd. Mesa 480 964 4909
With Inspiration and Knowledge Helping You Create The Garden Of Your Dreams Since 1945

Harper's Landscape Co.&Gardening Centre.
It’s August!
Back To School and Back To The Garden!!

Just getting back from vacation and don’t like how you’re yard looks?
Give us a call for a FREE evaluation of your yard, garden, landscape, pool area … Before you know it we’ll be back enjoying the outdoors-you’ll want to be ready!!

Is your pool area enjoyable?
We can help! Thank You to the Alts for allowing us to improve their outdoor living space!

Integrity Tree Service and The Pond Gnome can help make your yard the garden of your dreams!
Notes From Our Pond And Tree Partners

We value our partnerships with experts in many fields of landscape and gardening! We hope you enjoy and find The Pond Gnome and Integrity Tree Service’s August Newsletters
The Pond Gnome-August Ponderings Talking Trees-Integrity Tree Ser
vice’s August Letter


Congratulations Kim Henley on being the first to correctly identifying “potato vine” as the plant of the week! One is yours free-come on down!!
Also Becky Wolf was our lucky winner of a $25 Gift Card that we draw every week!
Be sure to play along by following us on your favorite social media!!
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August Gardening Checklist

Vegetable gardeners get ready!! It is time to get that garden prepared with organic compost, gypsum, and fertilizer as you can begin planting beans, corn, cucumbers, squash, pumpkins, melons and the list just keeps getting longer and longer as we get closer to mid September. The biggest mistake,however, is that folks just don’t take time to thoroughly prepare the planting area! It make all the difference in the world-check out our very simple garden recipe-we guarantee you’ll have success if you follow it!
Harper’s Garden Soil Recipe

Other Items That Might Need Your Attention:
Be sure to check young trees that are staked and be sure they are still properly supported. Check the wire(s) and be sure they aren’t too loose or tight and that they’re not rubbing on the trunk of the tree!
Be sure to adjust watering schedules up and down as rainfall allows
Be sure to fertilize your lawn!
It will be time to fertilize Citrus and other shade trees at the end of the month!
Control spurge and other weeds while they are young and easy to pull or spray
Watch for insect damage on tecomas (yellow and orange bells). This is when we start to see the caterpillars that can be so damaging. control with b.t. or spinosad
You might see slime molds, mushrooms and other fungi appearing in the lawn or garden with rainfall and high temps. it might be a sign things are too wet!

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We learned a lot of gardening from Mom!!


How Much Water Does You Lawn Need?

Here is a very good article on how to know and tell if your lawn is being watered properly and or is getting enough or too much. We all want to conserve water and be responsible, perhaps we can have our cake and eat it too! Click on the link for the article from Mr. Wise Grass himself
How Much Water Does Your Lawn Need?

The Moran Residence: Our Garden Of Your Dreams Creation Of The Week

It was a privilege to have been able to help the Morans create the garden of their dreams this week!  Thank you for allowing us to be part of the process! If you have any part or all of your garden or landscape that isn’t quite “dreamy” , we’d love to help make it your dream garden! Call or come by our landscape design centre today and we’ll set up a FREE on site evaluation. WE have the Inspiration and the Knowledge to help you put the RIGHT plant in the RIGHT place at he the RIGHT time!

After, a nice area to relax
60% OFF ALL PLANTS-Til They’re GONE!!
Close Out Sale at our Mesa Location Going On Now! Take Advantage of Big Savings while they last-Mesa Location Only!

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Congrats’  Kris Dake for being the first to I.D. our plant of the week. The correct answer was “desert spoon”.
You can win if you play along by following us on your favorite social media every Tuesday!
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How We Lookin’?
We’re Half Way Thru Summer-Need Help?
Are You Relaxing In Your Back Yard Now?Your Could be With Our Help!

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What Is Surviving, What’s Thriving?

Listen in this Saturday at 8am to Rosie On The House and we’ll talk about what may or may not be looking good in your garden, what you can plant to make it look good this time of year, and how to keep it that way. 92.3fm KTAR is the place on the First and Fourth Saturdays of the month to find the Harper Boys talking and answering your questions about what you can do to create and keep the Garden Of Your Dreams!

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Way To Go Deb Ammons!

Congrats to Deb for identifying the large tree that grows in the middle of our landscape design centre in Scottsdale! It is in fact a Southern Live Oak. Need Shade, it’s a great option and the Harper Team can help you design and place any tree shrub or plant for shade, energy savings, and curb appeal. Call us and follow us today!

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Who ‘Dat Crawfish?
Mark your calendars for next Saturday August August 2nd. Eat Crawfish In The Cool Pines!
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Harper's Landscape Co.&Gardening Centre.
Monsoon or Nonsoon?
Is Your Garden Ready?
dust storm

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!

Ideas For Your New Dream Garden

Plant Sale at our Mesa Location-
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Entering The Final Weeks- Hurry In While Selection Lasts!
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Way to go Lynn Holbrook! You were the first to id “Wedelia” and in Jeopardy form no less! Lynn come on in and get your FREE wedelia at your convenience and thanks for playing!
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Mid Winter Gardening!!
You Read It Right!
santa plant something

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!
Examples of Dream Gardens

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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
Be sure to follow us on Tuesday on your favorite social media – That is when we play Plant Trivia!
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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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