Southwestern Deserts

May, 2011
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Delightful Daisies

National News

Many of the plants we use as annuals in our summer gardens are not botanically true annuals. Instead they are tender perennials, plants that in warm enough climates would return year after year....

2011 Urban Tree of the Year

If you are looking for a medium-size tree that not only has eye-catching blossoms, but it tough and adaptable as well, you might want to consider the choice of the Society of Municipal Arborists...

Basket of Fire

Want some red-hot hanging baskets this summer? Try 'Basket of Fire', the first ornamental pepper that has been bred especially for hanging baskets. Growing about 10 inches tall and 14-18 inches...

Lawn Pesticide Facts and Figures

America's love affair with the lawn accounts for much of the pesticide exposure we and our children and pets receive to in our home environments. According to Beyond Pesticides, a national...

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In the Garden


Outdoor Seating

I visited many delightful gardens this spring whose owners have filled their spaces with eclectic outdoor furniture. I have been impressed with their imagination, whimsy, and confident color sense employed to devise arrangements for sitting, eating, and...
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Web Finds

Earth-Kind Landscaping Texas A&M Extension Horticulture has collected its research- sustainable gardening information at...

Clever Gardening Technique

Do Not Neglect Mowing Chores Regular mowing (about every 5 to 7 days) keeps lawns healthy and attractive. Do not let grass...
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Regional Reminders

  • Look Out for Lady Beetles
  • Deal with Frost Damaged Plants
  • Sharpen Lawn Mower Blades
  • Let Salad Greens Bolt
  • Watch Water Needs in Windy Weather

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