Tool Care for Safety – and for Years of Use

Safety and staying safe has been on our minds recently. Perhaps you are safe from virus at this point – but how about your garden tools – are they safe to use? (I’m not talking sanitized.)  Research by OSHA shows that most homeowner tools fail safety tests! Spend some time 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 […]

Desert Mistletoe in Your Trees- Part II

DeseMany people try to eradicate desert mistletoe, thinking it is harming the tree. Mistletoe would be a poor parasite if it killed it’s host. Desert mistletoe does minimal amount of damage, and thus lives with the host trees for many years. Desert Mistletoe Provides Food In the previous post I discussed the desert mistletoe (Phoradendron californicum) and how it is part of a healthy desert ecosystem. It provides food for the phainopepla – a bird only found in the Southwest. It also provides food for humans – but only the […]

Palm Care is As Easy As 1-2-3

For healthy, happy, palms here in the Southwest, there are only three things you need to do. Three! Palm Care is Easy Palm care tip 1: “Leaf” it alone! Prune no leaves (technically fronds) ever, because palms will drop what they do not need. If you dislike the appearance, wait until fronds are brown and drooped over before removing. You should only remove green fronds if they are a hazard to people or property (in a walkway or rubbing the roof). If you must, prune ONLY in May or August. […]

Caring in the Land of El Sol

Caring. Looking back over the past week of posts there is one common thread through it all, and that is caring. A Common Thread As some of you know, I am taking part in a 30 day blogging challenge. My goal is to become at delivering to you, gentle reader, the content you want and need. Today’s assignment was to find the common element in my posts over the last seven days, and I would have to say it is “caring.” The Thread of Caring The posts have been about […]

Retail Nurseries in Your Area

We have all heard the plea to “Shop Local” but what if you are new in town and don’t know where the local nurseries are?!  I am here to help you succeed with your Southwest Gardening, and thus I am working to compile this list of local (for you) nurseries that sell plants adapted to the Southwest.  I have not been to them all (but working on it!) so let me know if you have had good or bad experiences, or notice one I am missing. Please also let me […]