Southwestern Deserts

February, 2012
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Pruning Landscape Plants
Certified ISA Arborist and Cochise County Master Gardener DeForest Lewis will help you understand the whys and hows of correct pruning. An inside discussion will cover plant response to wounding, and an outside demonstration will cover thinning, pruning, and trimming techniques. Sponsored by University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Cochise County Waterwise. Held in the public meeting room at University of Arizona South, 1140 N. Columbo Avenue, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635 Saturday, March 3, 2012, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Free. For more info go to

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 grafted onto the rootstock. On old roses, the bud union can become covered with dry, scaly wood that inhibits new shoots, called basal breaks. These produce the vigorous fresh canes that produce the best flowers. Use a wire brush to gently scrape away any detritus from the bud union. This allows fresh basal breaks to reinvigorate your rose bush.

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