Southwestern Deserts

November, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

2012 Urban Tree of the Year

National News

Generations ago, stately American elms lined the streets in many of our cities and towns, their arching branches creating a canopy of leafy shade. Then imported Dutch elm disease (DED) struck....

Tough Trees for Tough Sites

Trees growing in urban landscapes often have it tough. Compacted soils, reflected heat, planting sites with little soil, lack of water, interference from overhead wires, and lack of maintenance...

Urban Heat Island Effect

Cities are hot places; in fact, they can be islands of heat in the midst of a cooler regional environment. "Urban heat island" is a term that many of us may have heard of, but not fully...

Urban Farming

Trees aren't the only plants to grow in the city. As the interest in healthy eating, local foods, and sustainable agriculture grows, we see not only more and more home food gardening in city...

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In the Garden


Xeriscape Part VII: Maintenance

Xeriscape design includes a set of seven principles to guide you in the creation and long-term maintenance of a colorful, earth-friendly landscape that suits your unique needs. Previous reports covered design and site analysis, whether to install turf,...
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Shows & Events

Creeping, Crawling, and Carnivorous This fun and unusual exhibit at Albuquerque's Botanic Garden lasts only through November 4, so if...

Web Finds

Pruning Shrubs in the Low and Mid-Elevation Deserts in Arizona Although produced by the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, the information in...
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Regional Reminders

  • Keep an Eye on Tecoma Shrubs
  • Enjoy Ornamental Grasses
  • Monitor Water Needs of Fall Transplants
  • Sow Tatsoi in the Vegetable Garden
  • Leave Clippings on the Lawn after Mowing

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