Integrated Pest Management for the Home Garden
Integrated pest management means using the safe, effective, and sustainable strategies for controlling insects, diseases, and animal pests in the garden. The important first step is regularly scouting for problems so that they can be addressed before they get out of hand, then using least toxic methods, such as cultural, physical, and biological controls, before resorting to chemical solutions. Find out the basics of this method in Integrated Pest Management for the Home Garden from the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension.
Landscaping with Native Plants of the Southwest
For year-round beauty and low maintenance in Southwestern landscape, native plants are a great way to go. Landscaping with Native Plants of the Southwest by George Oxford Miller (Voyageur Press, 2007, $24.95) provides a guide to the wildflowers, trees, shrubs, vines, and cacti native to Arizona and New Mexico that are the best choices for ornamental value, low maintenance, and adaptability in home landscapes in the region. More than 350 species, subspecies, or varieties are profiled, with photographs to show how each plant looks and responds to landscape conditions.