Southwestern Deserts

March, 2006
Regional Report

Enjoy Your Wildflowers

Wildflowers are blooming in our landscapes, but in some cases just barely, because of the long, dry winter. Although wildflowers are by necessity extremely drought tolerant, a little extra water will improve their bloom period in your garden. Dig your finger down into the soil. If dry at 1 or 2 inches, apply water.

Check Bulb Plantings

Spring-blooming bulbs are starting to flower. Maintain consistent soil moisture and refresh the layer of organic mulch if needed. It can disappear with wind, watering, and working the soil over time.

Dig Planting Holes

Do you overbuy plants at the nursery and then not have time to dig holes and get them in the ground quickly? Try digging before you go to the nursery! It helps you plan what to buy so you choose what you need, not what catches your eye.

Transplant Landscape Plants

Transplant desert-adapted trees, shrubs, ground covers, vines, perennials, ornamental grasses, cacti, and other succulents. Keep soil consistently moist while plants establish.

Harvest Citrus

Continue harvesting citrus including grapefruit, tangelos, lemons, limes, and late navel, sweet, pigmented, and valencia oranges. The longer fruit stays on the tree, the sweeter it will be, but some varieties are nearing the end of their productive season, so don't wait too long!

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