Summer Bermuda Grass Lawn Care

Grass in the desert provides an island of cool in our scorching heat. But it also requires more water and care than desert-adapted plants. So here are some water-efficient tips for keeping your turf healthy and beautiful. Most homeowners have some form of Bermuda grass, a grass that goes dormant in the fall and starts

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Spring: The Flexible Season

Spring always forces us to face the true ebb and flow of seasons in the Southwest desert. Perhaps it’s because winter gardens are spent – lettuce has bolted, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli have flowered – and tomatoes are on their way to setting fruit and ripening. Some gardeners worry they don’t have their spring gardens

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Spring Garden Care

Desert gardening will change quickly this month as plants (and people) prepare to face hot, harsh sun through the summer. The most important thing you can do for your plants is to monitor watering. Too much water harms plants, too little harms them and lack of deep watering hurts, too. The best rule of thumb:

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How To Grow Peppers

Are you growing peppers this season? Here are some tips to help you harvest a healthy, abundant pepper crop. For this guide we are assuming you’ll use small transplants.  1. Prepare The Soil The right site and soil will make a world of difference in how peppers perform. Choose a sunny, well-drained spot where peppers

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Tomato Growing Tips

If you live in the Southwest desert, mid to late February is the time to get your tomato plants in the ground. Timing is everything with tomato growing because there’s a balance between getting caught between a late-winter frost and the first 100 degree day, when plants will stop pollinating. The following primer is a

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January Gardening & Events

  It may feel like a slow gardening month, but you still have time to plant some vegetable, flowers and herbs. Plus, this is the perfect month to build your soil for warm season growing. Gregory Ware does a great Soil Preparation workshop at Southwest Gardener on January 29 where you’ll learn how to create

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Love Those Nasturtiums

OK, we’ll admit it, we’re not big on traditional bedding plants like pansies, geraniums or chrysanthemums. We can’t say why, though maybe it’s because they pop up on porches everywhere out here in the desert Southwest once the intense summer heat gives way to cool nights. You can’t walk into a grocery store or plant

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Fall Planting Guide

This is the time of year when gardeners in Arizona’s deserts practically will the searing temperatures of summer to drop – at least in the mornings and evenings – so that we can get outside and start our fall vegetable and herb planting. We are facing our biggest planting season when we can have successive

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Those Pesky Mosquitoes

Mosquito problems happen just about anywhere that water collects. In residential areas, mosquito-breeding sites can be caused by overly wet soil, standing water (think flower pot saucers),  birdbaths,  soda and tin cans,  allow mosquitoes to breed literally right in our own backyard. Storms and flooding can cause mosquito populations to rise quickly. Stagnant water in

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The Importance Of Pollinators

June 20 to 26, 2016 is National Pollinator Week. Pollinators – most bees, birds, bats, praying mantis, ladybugs, lacewings and ants – play a crucial role in flowering plant reproduction and in the production of most fruits and vegetables. Without the help of pollinators most plants cannot produce the fruits and seeds that we eat

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