Southern Nevada, with its scorching summers and chilly winters, experiences a unique interplay of seasons that significantly impacts landscaping and plant life. From the challenge of establishing plants in the blistering summer heat to the vulnerability of subtropical species during frosty winters, the seasons in our desert home offer a diverse array of hurdles and rewards. Each season affects the plant inhabitants in our landscapes in a different way.
Our summers bring relentless heat, with temperatures often soaring above 110°F. This extreme environment poses a significant challenge, particularly for plants trying to establish their roots. High evaporation rates and arid conditions can lead to rapid water loss, making it essential for us to diligently water our landscapes. Drought-tolerant and heat-resistant plants tend to weather these months better than traditional plant varieties. Special attention to sun/shade patterns, proper irrigation practices and the strategic use of mulches are tactics employed by Chip-N-Dale’s team members to help conserve moisture in your landscape and ensure plants can withstand the intense heat.
At the opposite extreme, while Las Vegas experiences mild winters compared to other regions, temperatures can still dip below freezing, especially during the night. This poses a risk to subtropical plants like citrus trees, bougainvillea, hibiscus, and certain palms, as well as to plants like agave and most cacti accustomed to warmer winters. Chip-N-Dale’s can help you take protective measures by offering frost cloths or burlap for your landscape plants most susceptible to frost damage. Providing adequate insulation and shelter can safeguard delicate or sensitive species, ensuring their survival during the winter months.