Southwestern Deserts

September, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Five Steps to Bulb Planting Success

National News

The best time to plant spring bulbs depends on where you live. Ideally, wait until the soil temperature is below 60°F. As a general guide, plant in September through early October if you live in...

Fall Cleanup Q and A

Cutting Back Perennials Question: After the first frost, should I cut back the flower stalks on my perennials? Or is it best to leave them as is and cut them back in the spring?...

Plant Protector Bags

With fall around the corner, thoughts turn to protecting prized plants from frost. Many gardeners watch the forecast for threats of frost and then run out to protect plants with blankets, buckets,...

Shrub Dogwood Trials

Shrub forms of dogwood (Cornus) make excellent landscape plants and are widely used by landscapers around the country. They are known for their green or variegated foliage, attractive flowers and...

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In the Garden


Cool-Season Gardens

Nights have finally cooled and even daytime temperatures have backed down. It's definitely time to dig in for some cool-season gardening. Just the other day I met a new gardener who hadn't discovered that we have two gardening seasons, so I guess it's...
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Shows & Events

Bird Walks If you'd like to learn more about birds that might live nearby, Boyce Thompson Arboretum offers...

Clever Gardening Technique

Take a Class! Many city water conservation departments offer free or inexpensive landscaping classes for the...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant a Row for the Hungry
  • Reduce Watering
  • Clean up Warm-Season Beds
  • Prepare Bermuda for Overseeding
  • Plan for New Trees and Shrubs

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