Southwestern Deserts

December, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Compact Magnolias for Early Spring Blooms

National News

Magnolia trees are popular for their flowers, which bloom in late winter or early spring. The trees are majestic and the flowers are colorful, with a unique sweet fragrance. However, many magnolia...

New Ergonomic Kitchen Cutter

It's important to have the right tools when you're working in the kitchen. While sharp knives are great for many jobs, chopping vegetables with a knife can be time-consuming and requires a cutting...

A New Way to Repair Your Dog-Damaged Lawn

Dogs maybe man's best friends, but they certainly aren't friends to your lawn. Dogs urinating on the lawn can cause brown, dead spots. Dedicating a certain area for your dog helps, and watering...

A Clover of a Different Color

White or Ladino clover is usually thought of as a weed in lawns or as a forage crop for animals. However, there are some attractive varieties of white clover gardeners can grow as a ground cover....

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In the Garden

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It's Time to Buy Christmas Trees

As I was sitting in my car at a stoplight the other day, I noticed the car next to me had a pine tree strapped to its roof. I thought, "how odd at this time of year" and then it hit me -- regardless of our recent unseasonably warm temperatures, the...
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Resources

Books

Organic Gardening The 2nd edition of Organic Gardening for Dummies (Wiley Press, 2009, $19.99) is a terrific...

Clever Gardening Technique

Testing Christmas Tree Freshness Trees are often cut many weeks in advance and shipped around the country. Use these tests to get...
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Regional Reminders

  • Buy Blooming Holiday Plants
  • Plant Bulbs
  • Transplant Cool-Season Annuals
  • Reduce Landscape Watering
  • Control for Powdery Mildew

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