Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Changing from GMO to Non-GMO Natural Soy, Experiences from Denmark.

Follow the link below to read about the experiences of a pig farmer in Denmark when he switched away from GMOs and Roundup that resulted in improved health in his herd.

Michael Martin Meléndrez
Managing Member of Soil Secrets LLC

Albuquerque's Soil Conditioner Source
505 550-3246


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Maximilian Sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani ) is in full flower now!

Maximilian Sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani ) is in full flower now across our area.

Maximilian Sunflower makes a bright colorful addition to your garden space from late summer into early fall. 

Be sure to give it plenty of space as it spreads by means of an underground rhizome. Maximilian Sunflower can reach 4’ – 5’ tall and many feet in width.

This plant can be propagated from seed or by digging up the rhizomes during the dormant season. In addition, the rhizomes are edible similar to the to the Jerusalem artichoke.

Trees That Please Nursery carries both annual and perennial flowering plants as well as shade trees, fruit trees, shrubs, and cacti that are suitable for our New Mexico climate.

The cooler days of fall are an excellent time to plant as water stress is reduced.

Check out our website at: http://treesthatplease.org/

Trees That Please Nursery Serves the Albuquerque metropolitan area, 
New Mexico, and the Southwest.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Consider a Fast Growing Oak For Your Next Shade Tree!

Consider a Fast Growing Oak For Your Next Shade Tree!

More often than not Oak Trees are considered for shade in the landscape because they are thought of as “Slow Growing”.

Trees That Please Nursery will tell you that is not true. There are many fast growing oaks that deserve consideration as shade or specimen trees.

Oak trees have many desirable traits that make them sought after in the landscape. Oaks have deep roots so can be planted near structures. Oaks are long lived. Oaks are hardwoods so are not prone to the broken branches that are common in trees like cottonwoods or willows. Oaks are less prone to insect damage than other trees. Many Oaks have spectacular fall foliage.

Trees That Please Nursery propagates many varieties of Oaks including the “Fast-Growing Texas Red Oak”.

Texas Red Oak:

Not quite native to New Mexico but gets as close as West Texas. This oak can grow 1’ – 4’ per season and reach 40’ – 45’ in height and 25’ – 30’ in width.  The Texas Red Oak has brilliant Red-Maroon fall Foliage. The photo below is of a Texas Red Oak planted 7 years ago by a landscaping company in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The soil of this particular site consists of pure sand. Compare its height to the house it now provides shade for.

Planted by Puzak Landscaping in Bosque subdivision ABQ. Pure sand.

Tree That Please Nursery has the Texas Red Oak available in 5 and 15 gallon containers. Visit the nursery to evaluate this and our other oaks for your landscape!

Trees That Please Nursery

Serving Albuquerque, New Mexico, and The Southwestern U.S.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Improved Nutrient Uptake and Water Conservation provided by Soil Secrets TerraPro Product.

An Albuquerque Metro Soil Ecology company, Soil Secrets LLC has invented the ability to manufacture a bio-identical soil molecular substance that can improve how soil supports vegetation.  Improving the crop or landscape plant material improve its ability to get water out of the soil.  Improve the soils ability to store water for longer periods of time.  Improve the drought tolerable limited of any landscape or crop.  And last but not least improve the vegetation's ability to get mineral nutrition out of the soil.  With the Western States drought impacting both agriculture and urban landscaping, this material can be a game changer in how we manage what we do on farms, in our personal yards and with large public sector landscapes such as parks and sports fields.  It’s all about fixing, the Bio Geo Chemical processes of the soil’s ecology using bio mimicry so that the soils natural biochemistry and terrestrial biosphere of microbiology are working properly.  Using the brute force of adding bulk organic matter such as compost and animal manures will not achieve this goal as easily, effectively or as affordably as TerraPro’s bio-mimicry by Soil Secrets.  TerraPro is cost effective, easy to apply and provides long lasting sustainable benefits!

First it must be understood that the structure of the soil is of critical importance and when soil lacks a good macro aggregate structure it’s difficult to expect or achieve healthy roots of a plant, or healthy soil microbiology.  Both need drainage, oxygen and porous soil to grow in.  Also the macro aggregate soil can hold more water than a soil that is collapsed.   What achieves this process of causing soil particles to aggregate is complicated and involves molecular biology with some Quantum Physics provided by the powerful organic matrix of carbon rich molecules that Soil Secrets calls “Supramolecular Humic Molecules” which are the active ingredients of TerraPro. Some may refer to these molecular substances as humic substances or humic acids, but those terms are too generic and don’t describe accurately the whole story.  Soil Secrets secured Commercial Proprietary Information Contracts with several laboratory facilities, both public and private, including Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories, to provide Deliverable information down to a sub atomic level on who these molecules are, how do they work and the success of formulating them as part of a manufacturing process so that they can be provided in huge quantities by Soil Secrets. 

Here are some photos demonstrating just a few of the hundreds of benefits that TerraPro can provide a soil, a farm, or an urban landscape.  The vineyard photos were taken at the San Vicente Ranch in Baja, Mexico in late August of 2014.    

This first image below shows how TerraPro's  Supramolecular Humic Molecules corrected the structure of the clay soil at our research site in Los Lunas New Mexico, where the soil was a highly alkaline collapsed saline and sodic clay soil.   

This is a common problem in irrigated agricultural regions of the world, where salts from the water and from fertilizers have collapsed the soil structure!   This is significant because when soil has poor structure it also is more prone to disease pressure.  It will also not absorb water or air, inhibiting good health of plant roots.   With poor soil structure of clay, water  will sit on the surface until its lost to evaporation.  In the meantime it also seals off the soil from oxygen which contraindicates healthy root function of most plants.  It also decreases the amount of water the soil can store and keep available to the vegetation.   On a global scale we must remember that over 40 percent of the worlds agriculture is performed where the climate is dry and irrigation is required, and the soil’s health is at risk because of conventional agriculture practices.    In which case we need to be able to maximize every drop of water.  

Non treated control  & treated vines side by side:

The photo above shows a control field on the left that was not treated with TerraPro’s supramolecular humic molecules.  On the right is a line of vines that were treated, showing vigorous growth.  In addition, the treated vines only need watering every 12th day, while the control still requires watering every 4th day or else they come stressed.

TerraPro Treated Field:

This photo above was taken of a field that was treated in Spring of 2014 with TerraPro.   Harvesting for making the grapes into wine is underway and the grower and wine maker are extremely happy with the results. 

Non Treated Vines

Compare the abundance and size of the grape clusters as well as the color of the leaves on the control (non treated) vines above to those in the image below. 
TerraPro Treated Vines:

Michael Martin Meléndrez
Managing Member of Soil Secrets LLC
Albuquerque's Soil Conditioner Source
505 550-3246


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Autumn Nursery Hours

September through October Trees That Please Nursery will be open daily as follows:

Monday – Saturday    9:00 – 5:00

Sunday                        11:00 – 5:00

We serve the Albuquerque metropolitan area, New Mexico, and the Southwestern U.S.

To view the variety of trees and plants we offer please visit our website at:

Written By:
Stephen Sain

Staff Plant Physiologist

Can I Plant Now?

Great Question!

September days are still hot but nights are beginning to chill down. Yes you can plant now - as long as you can commit to the watering requirements of your newly planted tree or shrub. Generally a new planting requires watering 2-3 times per week. Winter watering is also required at least once monthly to prevent the plants root system from drying out.

Visit the nursery we propagate shade trees, ornamentals, fruit trees, shrubs, perennials, cacti, house plants to name a few.

Our staff can assist you with tree descriptions such as dimensions, root type, fall foliage, soil requirements, watering needs as well as site requirements.

We serve the Albuquerque metropolitan area, New Mexico, and the Southwestern U.S.

Visit our website at:  http://treesthatplease.org/

Written By:
Stephen Sain

Staff Plant Physiologist