August Gardening 2022

Every August in the garden is different from the year before – but there are some general good guidelines to follow.  We look at them today. The Rains Have Started – Maybe The Southwest summer rains are fickle – and have always been so. One August day in my childhood we stood in the sunshine in our front yard and watched the rain pouring off the neighbors roof across the street. This, more than all the parental nagging, made us realize that we really should not play in the washes […]

8 Tips to Eliminate Weeds in your Desert Garden

Weeds or wildflowers? Yes, we have all heard the argument. I am not here to go into it. I am here today to share with you some tricks to dealing with what you might consider weeds in your desert garden. Weeds are the Ultimate Opportunists Weeds are opportunistic plants. They will pop up wherever and whenever conditions are the least bit favorable. Your yard is going to be more favorable than out in the desert, especially if you ever water your plants, of have some rock mulch for weed seeds […]

Palm Care is As Easy As 1-2-3

For a healthy, beautiful palm there are only three things you need to do. Three! Palm Care # 1 – “Leaf” it alone! Leave the Leaves Prune no palm leaves (fronds) EVER. Palms have been taking care of themselves for eons and they know which leaves they need. They will drop what they do not need. If you dislike the naturally shaggy appearance of palms, at least wait until the leaves turn brown before you remove them. If you need to for safety, you can remove a green leaf – […]

You Can Grow A Colorful Garden in the Desert

Colorful flowers in the heat of a desert summer? Sure! And without spending tons of water either! Color Most of the folks reading this article enjoy color in our life – in the gardeners sense of the term that is. “Color” is the term for flowering plants that the Green Industry uses (nurseries, landscape designers, and the like). Color in the landscape provides us with something bright and cheerful to greet us as we look out the window with the morning cup of coffee, or something welcome us home from […]