Landscape for Home Security

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One concern of readers is home security. Good news – your landscape can boost your home security tremendously with three basic components. Is your Home Secure? I’ll come back to the three key components but first and foremost – lots of spiny plants in the yard do not make your home more secure. Most robberiesRead moreRead more

You Can Grow Better With a Journal

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Want to become better at caring for your yard or garden? Keep a garden journal. Want a fun project to do with your kids? Keep a garden journal. Want to become a published writer? Keep a garden journal. Want to heal your spirit? Keep a garden journal. Want to leave a legacy to your childrenRead moreRead more

Days are Getting Shorter – Sun Light and Plants

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Plants don’t thrive in the dark.  I don’t either.  For a while I lived in Michigan and felt like a plant. I didn’t mind the cold and snow, but I really couldn’t stand the lack of light in the dark days of winter.  Some time later they coined the term “Seasonal Stress Disorder.” Too lateRead moreRead more

November is Time to Work Forward and Avert Disaster

Some garden tasks to do now – a little work now to and avoid future disasters.

Garden Calendar for October 2019

Cooler weather is upon us and that means a few chores around the landscape and in the garden. Some work now means a more carefree holiday season ahead. We had spotty rain across southern Arizona in late September, and this was resulted in many wildflowers (and weeds) starting to grow. Watch the little seedlings developRead moreRead more

Divide and Conquer in the Fall Garden

Dr. Jacqueline Soule shares timely tips on dividing perennials in the Southwestern landscape.

Four Fertilizer Facts & Fallacies for the Southwest

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Right around Labor Day is the ideal time to fertilize your landscape in Low and Middle deserts of the Southwest.   I started this topic a few weeks ago on this site, with “Last Fertilizer for the Year.”  That article sparked a four key questions (through my Contact page and on the Facebook page), so hereRead moreRead more

You Can Grow Spring Wildflowers – If You Start Now

When it comes to Southwestern wildflowers, most folks immediately think of the showy golden poppies that appeared last year after the unprecedented rains in California. Well, you can grow that in your yard – and more! Why Plant Now? Spring wildflowers bloom in the Sonoran and Mohave Deserts in response to the winter rains offRead moreRead more

Garden Calendar for September 2019

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September is a transition month. The soils are still warm from the summer heat, but the nights are starting to get cooler, and the days are getting shorter. This tells plants to do that last bit of growing and doing their photosynthesis magic that makes the sugars and starches to survive the winter! By theRead moreRead more

Last Fertilizer for the Year

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As we near the end of August and Labor Day, now is a good time for the last fertilizer of the year for your landscape plants. First a little warning – I am about to rant just a tiny bit about how erroneous people are who speak of fertilizer as “plant food.” This is anRead moreRead more