NEEM OIL for your garden

At SOMOS, we only use safe, organic, non toxic products that we believe won't have a negative impact on people or the environment.

This time of year, we find ourselves relying on Neem oil quite a bit. It works.

It's so safe, people use it to treat human skin ailments. 

When applied in a 1 percent solution, neem oil is effective on powdery mildew on plants, as a repellent for mites, Aphids, Mealybugs, Scale, Whiteflies, and to treat fungi, mildews and rusts. We've also used it to treat Root-rot, Black spot, and Sooty mold. 

Follow the directions on the package or contact us at hello@somoslandscapes.com to determine the correct concentration and application, and whether foliar feeding, soil treatment, or direct application to the pest is appropriate. 

 

 

plant of the month

Purple Dyckia cultivars include "Burgundy Ice", "Grape Jelly" and "Cherry Coke"

Dyckias grow in so many different colors and shapes that even collectors aren't sure of their true species names. They are silver and hairy, slick and purple, or green and smooth. April's plant of the month is Purple Dyckia, and all of its many cultivars, for its year round contrast to the other colors in the garden.

 Dyckias are blooming now in fiery shades of orange

Dyckias are blooming now in fiery shades of orange

 Dyckia's vibrant foliage provides year-round contrasting color and evergreen structure in the garden

Dyckia's vibrant foliage provides year-round contrasting color and evergreen structure in the garden

 Dyckias can look like colorful sea anemones among other contrasting succulents

Dyckias can look like colorful sea anemones among other contrasting succulents

blooming now - ornamental edibles

 pomegranate flower

pomegranate flower

Pomegranate Tree

Punica granatum 'Wonderful'

All over central Texas, pomegranate trees and shrubs are blooming like crazy - the most vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow. Our favorite varieties for our area are: "Wonderful," and "Sharp Velvet."

 pomegranate fruit 

pomegranate fruit 

 meyer lemon flower

meyer lemon flower

 

 

 "Patio Standard" Meyer Lemons are trained as single trunk trees so that their habit is tidy for planters and seating areas.

"Patio Standard" Meyer Lemons are trained as single trunk trees so that their habit is tidy for planters and seating areas.

Meyer Lemon

Citrus × meyeri

 

Lemon trees blossom in Spring and the fruit is heavy in Fall.  Both the flower and fruit of the Meyer lemon are intoxicatingly fragrant and a "patio standard" tree form is a welcome addition to any seating area. 

 

Meyer lemons are among the most cold hardy citrus for our area - plant them South facing, close to your building for protection in Winter.

 meyer lemons

meyer lemons

Champanel Grapes

Champanel Grape Vine

Vitis labrusca   

 

Prized for its delicious fruit, 'Champanel' is a heat-tolerant, deciduous, woody vine that produces black-purple loose clusters of large, thin-skinned, seeded fruits that are great eaten fresh or made into juice or wine. In Fall, its leaves turn shades of orange and gold; in Spring it produces inconspicuous fragrant flowers that draw pollinators, and in Summer the clusters of grapes ripen for wildlife or your own enjoyment of eating or wine-making!

 

Tolerant of heavy alkaline soil and hot humid summers, it is one of the best grapes for our area. This vine grows fast enough to cover an arch, arbor or walkway in one season (as seen here on our own steel trellis design).