Spiral Dwarf Alberta Spruce - A Unique Evergreen Tree

Thursday, July 15, 2021 0
Spiral Dwarf Alberta Spruce - A Unique Evergreen Tree

Spiral Dwarf Alberta Spruce

If you're interested in adding to the look of your yard, with minimal effort, then a Spiral Dwarf Alberta Spruce is what you're looking for.

Spiral Dwarf Alberta Spruce trees are excellent for patios. They're great for anywhere in your yard. Especially where you'd enjoy having a decorative tree with a spiral shape. Which is especially great for those who enjoy decorating their yard during Christmas. When needed, trimming back new growth will help the tree keep its unique spiral shape. All around, the tree is excellent for any yard where you want decorative, accent or tree garden friendly trees.

Most of the time your Dwarf Alberta Spruce tree will not need watering. It will need watering during times of drought though. The tree grows best in a well-drained, but not dry, soil. When grown as a shrub they will require watering more often up to two or a few times per week depending on the weather and temperature.

As for fertilizing, your tree(s) should be fertilized with a fertilizer like Miracle Gro every three weeks between April and August. Dwarf Alberta Spruces will typically grow between five and seven feet in height and have a spread of two to three feet. Due to its size, they can also be grown in a container of appropriate size that will have room for its roots at maturity.

Its low height makes it also suitable for growing in areas of your yard where other trees would be too close to power lines. In good soil and under other ideal conditions, your Spiral Dwarf Alberta Spruce tree can live for at least fifty years and be enjoyable for generations of your family or any future property owners.

Spiral Dwarf Alberta Spruce Winter Care

In winter you may need to protect the tree from winter burn. If possibly, plant your tree(s) in a moderately sheltered area while still being in full sun to partial shade. Putting a thick layer of mulch around its base and out to match with the spread of the tree will also help protect it from the cold in winter.

How To: Prune A Spiral Topiary

A Vehicleless Town in North Carolina and Wolf Conservation at the El Paso Zoo

Thursday, February 11, 2021 0
A Vehicleless Town in North Carolina and Wolf Conservation at the El Paso Zoo

A North Carolina town where the main mode of transportation isn't cars, but horses
The small town of Love Valley in North Carolina is a tourist spot that only permits horses and horse carriages within the town limits. The "town" was founded in the 1960s with the idea in mind of providing a place where people could take a trip back into history. The town consists of 2,000 acres open to horse riding, camping and other attractions and events.


Sitting in the foothills of the Brushy Mountains in NC, this place is popular for horse lovers. All guests need to leave their cars in the designated parking sports. Upon entering, they can only ride carriages and horses downtown.


Mexican Gray Wolves sent from the Phoenix Zoo to the El Paso Zoo to help preserve their species

Two adults wolves and three wolf pups were sent to the zoo for the purpose of future breeding and increasing genetic diversity amongst the wolves.

The five wolves transferred to Texas were placed in quarantine at the El Paso Zoo until the first week of February. Animal curator John Kiseda said he was hopeful they will have adjusted to their surroundings by the time the zoo reopens following a pandemic closure.

Pink Dawn Chitalpa

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 0
Pink Dawn Chitalpa

Pink Dawn Chitalpa

Pink Dawn Chitalpa
Pink Dawn Chitalpa 
Frau Siebenschläfer, CC BY-SA 3.0,
via Wikimedia Commons
Pink Dawn Chitalpa is of the Bignoniaceae family. Environment-wise, the trees grow best in full sun to partial shade. The tree, like catalpa breeds and desert willows, have showy flowers and the tree can flower in spring, summer, or fall depending on your location. The tree prefers soil that is moist to dry. The expected height can be up to 35 feet but is typically around 25 feet. It is a tree that is adapted to grow in zones 6 through 9. This hybrid tree breed can live anywhere from 50 years to 150 years. The lawn litter from your Chitalpa isn't nearly as much as a Catalpa.

Pink Dawn Chitalpa is a cross between Catalpa bignonioides and Chilopsis linearis (desert willow) trees. It is a unique and excellent flowering tree that is perfect as an accent in your yard. The tree also fits in well in flower garden setting. For a possibly slightly taller tree, you can plant your Chitalpa in partial shade. For maximum blooming, plant the tree in full sun and with moderate soil moisture.

More Information about the Pink Dawn Chitalpa




What are Navajo Hogans made of?

Thursday, September 17, 2020 0
What are Navajo Hogans made of?

Hogans were the traditional shelters of the Diné (Navajo) and there are two different types of hogans, the male hogan and the female hogan. The male hogan is rounder and has a short framed entrance structure that opens to the outdoors facing east. Inside, it has a main support typically comprised of three heavier logs and and an square opening on the roof/ceiling to see the sky and stars. These three main logs are forked to be able to support each other and the rest of the hogan. In addition to being a dwelling, male hogans also have a ceremonial purpose. Also, after it is constructed, the inside of a hogan is blessed before it is put to use with cornmeal or corn pollen at the main posts in a clockwise manner.

Both the male and female hogans are used as dwellings though. Traditionally, hogans were built without any nails or any supporting materials but, if used, they are sparingly used in the construction of hogans nowadays. The outside of a hogan is covered in clay to provide further insulating from temperatures extremes, especially to keep the hogan cool during the hot months. The wood that's typically used for a hogan is juniper wood due to its resistance to decay and availability. The logs for the structure are carved, sanded, and shaved as needed for the structure.

The female hogan is a bit more fancy and is a six or eight-sided structure. Modern female hogans are built somewhat like a log cabin with a modern roof while others have a wood, clay roof and a log cabin-like structure. The old-style structures were made out of stone and/or wood and clay. A female hogan is akin to a one-room house with a section for beds, a kitchen, and a living room area. In the middle of the female hogan is a heating source, typically a wood stove. If there is only one hogan available, the female hogan is used for ceremonies instead of the male one. A female hogan may or may not have an opening on the ceiling/roof. Some modern female hogans also have room extensions to them.

There was a time when the Navajo were moving away from hogans as dwellings, sometimes due to government influence, but the trend towards hogans began rising in popularity in the 90s. Especially as Navajo-owned businesses, specifically for the supplies to build hogans, began taking hold. These businesses also provide jobs for their communities and opportunities for the youth to gain some construction experience.

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Lake Havasu City Weather History - Flood of 1974

Monday, July 20, 2020 0
Lake Havasu City Weather History - Flood of 1974
On July 19th, 1974 a severe thunderstorm and heavy rains caused flash flooding and extensive damage in Lake Havasu City. 

National Storm Summary

Friday, a severe storm struck Grand Junction, Colorado with 72 mph winds causing damage to aircraft, trailers and power lines. The storm soaked Grand Junction, Colorado with 1.30 inches of rain in less than an hour. Late Friday night extensive flooding occurred between Needles, California and Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where power and phone lines were downed. Three persons drowned as a result of the floods.

National Flood Summary
July 22, 1974

"Considerable flooding occurred during the weekend in western Arizona and some nearby areas in California and Nevada. Some of the areas affected included Lake Havasu, Arizona; where three lives were reported lost by drowning; and Bullhead City and Kingman. Several roads and highways were closed by high water."

- Both above from the July 23, 1974 Edition of the Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin, NOAA

"Severe thunderstorm with winds to 80 m.p.h. and up to 2 inches of rain caused very extensive flooding of streets. Some streets had completely washed out sections 4 and 5 feet deep and some streets and normally dry washes were flooded with water up to 5 feet deep. Many cars were abandoned during the storm and a number washed away. Three members of one family were carried to their death and one injured when their station wagon was carried 3,000 feet down a wash by a wall of water 10 feet high. Damage to public and private property amounted to 1.7 million."

- Storm Data and Unusual Weather Phenomena - July 1974, Volume 16, Number 7, NOAA

Those who lost their lives were members of the Parker family. The family member that survived was a 12-year-old boy.

Lake Havasu Community - History of the London Bridge

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