Garden Calendar for July 2021

July is a tough on many plants, even our Southwest natives. There are few tasks to that you must do, and some things your should avoid doing this month since many plants are heat stressed. Water Wisely Water is critical in the desert, but don’t let your plants become “drip sip” junkies. Instead of a little bit of water every 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. Roots need to encouraged […]

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. […]

Garden Calendar for May 2021

May Day! 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 fruit production plus warm-season growers to grow. 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 quarterly – as the seasons change. Tune up irrigation system now with these tasks. * clean filter – knock it out and soak it in […]

How to Simply Help the Pollinators

Every living thing needs food, water, and a place to live, and bees are no exception – even our native solitary bees need water.  It’s a Dry Heat Help bees stay cool in the heat by offering them a safe space to get their needed water.  If you have fruit trees, or a vegetable garden, you need the help of these busy flying friends, so it’s only fair to help them in return. Water is Important You can make a simple bee watering space with a plant saucer or pie […]

Citrus Care for the Southwest

Citrus are easy to care for. Unlike some fruit trees who are drama queens, citrus is more of a “leave-me-alone-to-get-the-job-done kind of fruit tree. There are only three things you need to do as a citrus owner, and one of them is a don’t! Number One Citrus Care Don’t prune citrus. Citrus trees naturally grow into a globe shape. They NEED to shade their trunk. SHADE! So you need to let them naturally form their glossy green globe. If you prune this natural shape into a lollipop – sunlight hits […]

Southwest Garden Calendar for April 2021

Here is what you can do this April, 2021.  No two gardening years are exactly the same in the Southwest, so I like to offer a new calendar each month of the year. Before mid-April Prune frost damage off your tropical plants. This includes bougainvillea, lantana, yellow bells, and other tender perennials. Plant trees, shrubs, and perennials. You can plant them later but the sooner you get them in the ground before summer arrives – the better. EXCEPT! Don’t plant tropicals like palms too early. After mid-April Plant new citrus […]