Southwestern Deserts

July, 2008
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Outstanding Shrub for Late-Summer Color

National News

Most flowering shrubs bloom from early spring to summer, and by the time July rolls around there aren’t many colorful shrubs other than crape myrtles and hydrangeas. But a relatively uncommon...

Compost Reduces Potato Diseases

Soilborne diseases, such as common scab and stem canker, can be a problem when growing potatoes, often ruining a potato patch. Recent research has focused on using beneficial microbes and compost...

Keep Cool in the Garden

It’s hot outside, and in many parts of the country, plants as well as gardeners are wilting under the heat. Gardening in the hot sun at high temperatures can lead to sunburn, dehydration, and heat...

Favorite Perennial Book Just Got Better

Gardeners love a good reference book, and a favorite among perennial gardeners has been Allan Armitage’s Herbaceous Perennial Plants . Now a new edition has been released that promises to be even...

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In the Garden


Lizards in the Landscape

Sometimes when I'm at my desk working, I get the feeling that I'm being watched. Usually, it's not paranoia; I am indeed being observed, by a collared lizard who makes his home in my front yard. He periodically clambers up the window screen and peers...
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Amphibians and Reptiles A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles in Arizona (Arizona Game & Fish, 2006; $12) contains...

Clever Gardening Technique

Reuse Concrete Take the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle credo to heart and construct an inexpensive raised bed by...
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Regional Reminders

  • Irrigate Efficiently
  • Thin Desert Trees as Needed
  • Aerate Bermuda Lawns
  • Control Spider Mites
  • Deadhead Flowers

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