Southwestern Deserts

February, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Say "Aloha" to Echinacea

National News

Can't make it to Hawaii for a vacation this year? You can at least bring a little island color into your garden this year with the new hybrid coneflower 'Aloha'. Bred by Terra Nova Nurseries, this...

Jammin' in the Garden

Deeply colored flowers can add a striking accent to garden beds and container plantings. And there are few that offer a more dramatic hue than Vinca 'Jams 'N Jellies Blackberry', one of the 2012...

Bats in Trouble

In 2006 a previously unknown disease was discovered killing bats in northern New York State. Since then the disease, now called white-nose syndrome for the symptom it causes in infected bats, has...

Thirsty Lawns

Here's a question for you. Which covers a greater acreage in the United States -- lawns or irrigated corn fields? If you guessed lawns, you got it right. According to a study published in the...

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In the Garden

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Pruning Modern Roses to Promote Better Blooms

"We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses." Abraham Lincoln Keep that quote in mind while you finish up pruning chores this month on modern roses. By removing problems and improving the bush's health...
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Resources

Shows & Events

Pruning Landscape Plants Certified ISA Arborist and Cochise County Master Gardener DeForest Lewis will help you understand...

Clever Gardening Technique

Encourage New Canes on Old Roses The bud union is a small bump two to three inches above the soil line where the rose variety was...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant a Rose-Covered Trellis or Arbor
  • Monitor for Aphids
  • Taste-test Citrus
  • Transplant Tomatoes
  • Maintain Lawns Efficiently

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