The Hilltop designs English garden with southwestern and oriental influences»

This is a guest post by Hilltop client Christine Lockhart of Albuquerque. We’re pleased to have customers who will recommend us to others.Last year we decided that our very boring…

Xeriscape conversion made simple for Albuquerque homeowners»

Are you tired of mowing your lawn or paying your neighbor’s kid to do a “less than perfect job”? Maybe your lawn has dry, dead spots or grubs, and doesn’t…

Frigid February turns to March madness: plants suffer freeze damage following record lows»

Look for plant damage due to record low temperatures! The deep freeze of February is starting to lose its grip and after what seemed to be an interminable period of…

Hilltop Landscaping fun facts: 40 years adds up»

Arguably, The Hilltop has done more to change the face of Albuquerque than other landscaping contractor. And any company that has been in business for a long time starts to…

New Mexico’s windy season is upon us: are your trees ready?»

New Mexico’s windy season is ready to blow in with a blast! Are your trees ready? As an arborist, every year during wind storms I get emergency calls from frantic…

Seven elements of xeriscaping for less water, less maintenance»

There is no such thing as a NO maintenance yard, but xeriscaping your yard can reduce the amount of work you put into it. Not only does a xeriscape require…

Following the big freeze, get irrigation systems checked to avoid plant damage»

We are at that time of year where we are having warmer days, and we look to returning to our favorite outdoor activities, like backyard BBQ’s! As we re-enter our…

You are not alone: I hate Zero-scapes too!»

Oh Boy, do I!?! There is nothing fantastic about a sea of gravel. That’s why we don’t do “zero-scapes.” But we’ll design a Xeriscape for you that will make your…

How much is that yard cleanup estimate gonna cost me?»

While lining out my men for a residential clean up job, the next door neighbor walked over and said he had noticed the Hilltop truck and wanted to know what…

When do I get a landscaping quote, and when can I see a plan?»

How much effort goes into a residential landscape design and why does it take longer than five minutes for the Hilltop to give you an estimate after walking around your…

When choosing plants, remember to include some you can enjoy in winter»

It’s gray. It’s cold. The huge Prickly Pear down the street from me is quite depressed; it’s not one of the hardiest types and I fear it didn’t dodge the…

Why, oh why, am I in the landscape business?»

As I write, it is the coldest day in Albuquerque in four decades (-10°F). The ground is frozen solid; very little work can be done. I could find this frustrating,…

Winter watering helps trees thrive in spring»

It won’t be long before we begin to notice the Elms and Silver Maple buds swelling. Seeing that always gives me hope that Spring is not too far off! Winter…

Landscaping expensive? Fuggedaboutit!»

Landscaping your yard can be more affordable than you thinkI was sitting with a friend the other day enjoying a cocktail. I’ll call him Vinnie (he might be in the…

Three reasons to start your landscape project in February»

It’s 2011, and we’re looking at February already. I can’t tell you how many people call me in early March to say that they decided to get ahead of the…