Southwestern Deserts

November, 2010
Regional Report

Sow Wildflowers

Hurry and scatter wildflower seeds if you didn't do so last month. Choose a sunny spot and keep the area consistently moist until seedlings germinate. Then water as needed, gradually decreasing the frequency of watering. Remember wildflowers survive on nature's bounty so don't overwater.

Transplant Landscape Plants

Fall is the perfect time for transplanting trees, shrubs, vines, groundcovers, perennials, cacti, agave and aloe into the landscape. Root systems have seven or eight months to develop before summer heat hits. Dig a planting hole as deep as the root ball and three to five times as wide. This wide area promotes good root spread into the surrounding soil. Use native soil to backfill the hole, without adding amendments.

Plant Holiday Bulbs

Amaryllis and narcissus bulbs add festive color to the home during the holidays and are easy-as-pie to grow. Packages come complete with a plastic pot, bag of soil mix, instructions and, of course, the bulbs.

Fertilize Roses

Feed roses once more before winter. Use a product geared for roses or flowering plants. Follow package instructions exactly. If using a granular product, water immediately after applying to prevent fertilizer burn. Add fresh mulch around the base of each shrub, but don't pile it right next to the stem.

Plant a Cool-Season Herb Garden

Choose a site in full sun with excellent soil drainage. Herbs don't like their roots in wet soil. Set out transplants of lavender, lemon balm, marjoram, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage and thyme. Sow seeds for chives, cilantro, dill, fennel, and parsley.

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