Southwestern Deserts

August, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Unusual Variegated Spurge

National News

Variegated plants are hot, but sometimes they can be finicky to grow. The new variegated-leaved spurge sets a new standard, with its unique shape and interesting flowers combined with drought...

Plant Misting Made Easy

During the hot days of summer, plants benefit from a misting of cool water, just like we do. The Plant Mister makes spritzing plants a breeze. It’s ideal for misting outdoor or indoor plants to...

A Quicker, Cleaner Oil Change

It's recommended that homeowners change the oil in lawn mowers, tillers, and tractors at least once during the growing season. Changing the oil regularly prevents engine overheating and wear,...

Using Willows to Root Roses

Late summer is the perfect time to take softwood cuttings of roses and other woody shrubs to create new plants for spring. While the timing and technique is important when propagating woody shrubs...

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In the Garden

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Thunderstorm Season

Fierce thunderstorms deposited much-needed rain on large sections of Arizona recently. Washes filled quickly, although briefly, with water. Sadly, the storm left behind considerable damage as well. The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix lost 40 trees,...
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Resources

Shows & Events

Desert Green X The tenth annual Desert Green X conference in Las Vegas is geared to landscape professionals,...

Web Finds

Drought-Tolerant Plant Lists Check out the lists of well-adapted, low-water-use plants on the Arizona Department of Water...
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Regional Reminders

  • Empty Standing Water
  • Collect Rainwater for Houseplants
  • Watch for Spider Mites
  • Skip Scheduled Watering
  • Correct Storm Damage

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