Southwestern Deserts

April, 2013
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Lawn Gone

National News

If you've been thinking about making your landscape more sustainable by reducing the size of your lawn or eliminating it altogether, but are unsure where to start, turn to Lawn Gone! Low...

Raspberry Shortcake

If you thought that fending off prickers was the price to be paid for homegrown raspberries, think again. Monrovia's new Raspberry Shortcake™ dwarf thornless raspberry lets you enjoy a...

Where Have All the Monarchs Gone?

It may not be breaking news that monarch butterflies are in decline, but the most recent population figures for this beautiful butterfly are especially alarming, according to an article in the New...

Bees with a Buzz

Can't get going without the buzz from caffeine in your morning cup of joe? You may have more in common with honeybees than you might guess! It turns out that bees get a buzz from caffeine too --...

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In the Garden

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Gardening for Wildlife

In an earlier report in which I listed the seven principles of Xeriscape, Tucson landscape designer and artist Greg Corman commented that Xeriscape misses an important component: designing for wildlife. I agree. In keeping with this month's Earth Day...
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Resources

Web Finds

Butterflies and Moths of North America Butterflies and Moths offers a wide range of information and photos, including identification...

Books

Desert Landscaping Plants Author Greg Starr knows desert plants. In addition to owning and operating his Tucson nursery, he...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant for Hummingbirds
  • Plant for Butterflies
  • Plant Natives for Quail
  • Create Lizard Habitat
  • Add a Water Feature

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