Artefacto Landscapes LLC has kept outdoor areas trimmed and tidy for more than 16 years, using their time-tested expertise to address the specific needs and natural behaviors of trees, shrubs, and different grass varieties. Technicians can mow lawns into a respectable crewcut or force clingy weeds to give up their grip on the ground, and trimming services prevent possible hazards and keep overgrown branches from obscuring a shrub’s beautiful eyes. If automatic sprinkler systems exhibit a tendency to leak or target specific mailmen, Artefacto Landscapes can repair them quickly or install a brand new, bias-free model. Firm believers in working in conjunction with natural environmental conditions, the team also develops landscaping plans that conserve water and protect the environment with strategically placed mulch and irrigation systems.
On a leisurely drive through Santa Barbara, Ron Midgett glimpsed cymbidium orchids growing in people’s yards. The cluster of star-shaped blooms, the vibrant hues, and the way the petals seemed to collapse into themselves all had Ron hooked.
Four decades later, he has taken his love of orchids far beyond the realms of adoration. He has grown orchids across the United States, bred his own blooms, and assessed hybrid blossoms as an accredited judge for the American Orchid Society. And at New Earth Orchids, he introduces gardeners to dozens of orchid breeds, earning a slew of positive press and love letters from bumblebees. Additionally, he strives to make orchid growing accessible to novice gardeners by providing growing tips, stocking proper supplies, and offering free workshops.
One of the largest purveyors of sunny blooms and potted pokeys in the Albuquerque area, Great Outdoors dresses up local gardens with a colorful variety of flora that adjusts seamlessly to the New Mexico climate. Pile up a wheelbarrow with perennials ($8.15+) or cacti, including the compass cactus and saguaro ($12+), or give character to bland old-timey Western-movie sets with a lone tree ($32.50+). The agave, like a mohair sweater, uses its naturally absorbent qualities to sop up water while staying stylish ($15+).
Brothers Jon and Zachary Zieau grew up on a ranch just south of Belen, where their family did all of its own planting, landscaping, and yard maintenance. With that experience and knack for hard work embedded into their DNA, Jon and Zachary set out on their own mission to beautify New Mexico one yard at a time. Still using the secrets shown to them by their father, the brothers Zieau provide scheduled services, such as lawn mowing and hedge trimming, as well as other outdoor duties, including pressure washing and lighting installation.
Home to one of New Mexico's largest nurseries, Plant World lets gardeners clasp green thumbs to 17 acres of plant life along with landscaping and gardening supplies. The myriad plants and tools, once exclusively sold to professional landscapers working on commercial or residential projects, are now available to any home-gardener that wields a membership (normally $25) or has taught English to a rhododendron. The lifelong membership also includes access to plants grown by horticulture specialists, large-specimen plants not available at garden centers, and an expansive spread of décor including pottery and fountains.
Since 1978, landscape architect and designer Joe Romero and his crew at Landsculptors Inc. have been creating innovative aesthetic solutions for shaded and sun-soaked yards. From irrigation and lighting to decorative walkways and patio construction, their work not only makes clients' homes more beautiful but also adds to their value. Romero and his staff specialize in xeriscaping, an eco-friendly technique that, like giving a goldfish a lung, allows wildlife to flourish while conserving water.