June 2023 Garden Tasks

June is normally tough on plants and wildlife, but all bets are off this year. Normally I would remind you that all plants, even succulents, are stressed by this normally dry month, but weather has been erratic with below average temperatures and early rains in parts of the Southwest. Irrigation Did you get a sprinkle of rain? Might not be enough. Make sure you water landscape trees and shrubs so […]

May 2023 Garden Tasks

First week of May. Time to get your garden and landscape ready for the summer ahead. Most tasks in May revolve around making sure the water system is working, and fertilizer to encourage just a little healthy growth – but not too much. Irrigation System Tune Up Time Irrigation systems require checking and tune-up on a regular basis. Some tasks should be done once per month, some should be done […]

April 2023 Garden Tasks

This weekend April will begin, so here are some garden tasks you can think about getting out and doing.  Check your last frost date before some of these April tasks. Prune Check your last frost date – and if it is past then go ahead and prune frost damage off bougainvillea, lantana, autumn sage, and other summer flowering frost tender perennials. Avoid pruning spring-flowering shrubs until bloom period is through.  […]

March Garden Tasks

March can be a busy month in the garden. Here are some of the things to get done this month. Weather Repeats Itself Just like hsitory.  You my hear people complain about this “odd” winter we are having in the Southwest – but they haven’t been here long enough. Cold, windy, dry at first, and then late rains. This all happens every 50 years or so. Last time was 1968, […]

February 2023

Cover image – Viola, also called heartease – for February, National Heart Month. There is not very much maintenance or tasks the must be done in the Southwest garden in February, just enjoy the season and any flowers you have.  Tidy up some things – especially in Low or Middle Desert.  Upper Elevations – you get to chill (pardon the pun). Speaking of Flowers I often speak of flowers – […]

Last Frost – What Does That Mean?

When planning your vegetable garden and other gardening tasks – you need to look at “Last Frost” date for your area. And as Autumn comes along you will need to start looking at “First Frost” data – but that is another article. Cover image is frost on a sage plant. Which Garden Tasks go by Last Frost Date? Last frost date tells you when you can safely put your tender […]

January in the Southwest Garden

January here in the Southwest is blessed in many ways. We have spectacular sunsets in winter, not to mention a most salubrious winter climate. Despite the occasional cold front that touches down, withering tender plants, winters are, on the whole, great for growing everything in our region.  Here’s some ideas to get you growing. January Color Grow some winter color. There are a number of annual plants that prefer cooler […]

Winter Sunlight and Plants

Days are getting shorter. Or, more correctly from the viewpoint of an organism that needs sunlight for photosynthesis, nights are getting longer.  Either way – it’s a tough time of year for many plants, and for people too. Not Enough Sunlight Long nights mean there is often not enough hours of sunlight to make enough food to grow. Not just grow but to also do all those complex processes to […]

December 2022 Gardening Tasks

When it comes to Garden Tasks, December is a slow month. That’s a good thing because it’s the holiday season and there are plenty of other tasks to do. December Overview It is too late (or too early) to prune anything. This year the weeds are not too rambunctious, and cool temperatures mean slow growth. Slow growth does not mean no growth. Roots continue to grow, so be sure to […]