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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]