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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 […]

Garden Calendar for July 2022

July is National “Smart Irrigation Month,” so let’s start with some discussion about watering your landscape and garden. July Watering All plants need more water as temperatures rise. Water is critical in the desert, but don’t let your plants become “drip sip” junkies. Instead of a “sip” or a little bit of water every single day, water less often but for longer time, so the water sinks in two or even three feet into the ground – where roots should be growing. Deep Roots Encourage your roots to grow deep […]

Epsom Salts – The Gardeners Friend

Epsom salt is the gardeners friend twice over – or maybe I should say three times. First and second, Epsom salts contain two important macro-nutrients plants need to thrive, not merely survive. Third, gardeners can use some Epsom salts in the bath to soak away aches after a long day working in the garden. Why Plants Might Need Epsom Salt Epsom salt is a simple chemical compound of magnesium and sulfur linked together as magnesium sulfate. Both magnesium and sulfur are considered macro-nutrients – they are crucial to healthy plant […]

Silver Dollar Plant

Silver dollar plant is one of those plants that is a houseplant for folks back East – but it can be grown outdoors here in the Southwest. You Can Grow Silver Dollar Plant Silver dollar plant (Crassula arborescens) has many common names – and quite a few cultivated varieties with various names as well. Common names include silver dollar jade, blue bird jade, good luck plant, and African money plant. Whatever you call it – it is a luxurious succulent to grow. The silvery, waxy leaves have a hint of […]

Perennials are Perfect for Pollinators

When it comes to pollinators, the American Southwest is one of the most species diverse habitats in the world, with native species of bees, butterflies, moths, bats, and hummingbirds all busy pollinating our plants. This massive diversity makes sense – because much of the region has plants that bloom in every month of the year. Pollinators in the Southwest We have a plethora of pretty pollinators here!  We are the flyway for many species of hummingbirds, and many live in parts of Arizona and New Mexico all year long. Butterflies […]

Garden Calendar for June 2022

This June 2022 is a hard one to predict, and so hard to line up garden tasks for you. Lots of winter wind, record highs, dry so far,,, so what might this summer bring?! Water Wisely Some things don’t change. Like watering.  When you do water your landscape trees, water deeply. Water trees so the water soaks in to three feet deep. This may mean for eight hours, depending on water flow and soil type, but unless we are slammed with heat, established trees need water only about once per […]

3 Tips for Healthy Citrus in the Desert

Unlike some fruit trees who are drama queens, citrus is more of a “leave-me-alone-to-get-the-job-done” kind of fruit tree.If you just let it hang out and grow – and just give it a tad bit of help – everybody will win. Citrus Care IS As Simple as 1-2-3 There are only three things you need to do as a citrus owner, and one of them is a don’t! Number One Don’t prune citrus. Citrus trees naturally grow into a globe shape. They NEED to shade their trunk. SHADE! So you need […]

Tool Care for Now – and Years to Come

Staying safe has been on the news for the last two years. So, perhaps you are safe from virus at this point – but how about your garden tools – are they safe to use? Research by OSHA shows that probably not! Spend some time now to make your gardening tools safer to use. Safety First Back in Journalism we learned that “fear sells.” I started my story with a call to action that included an element of fear. I don’t want to scare you, but I do want you […]