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Best practices for watering your garden

This article is by – Matthew James If you want your garden to thrive and grow strong and healthy plants, it is important to know all the important tips and tricks. One of the most important aspects of gardening is, of course, the watering apart. Find out about the best practices for watering your garden, and […]

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List of plants that repel mosquitoes

List of plants that repel mosquitoes. During the monsoon season in the Southwest, mosquitoes are a BIG problem.  They appear almost everywhere at social gatherings, work, home and inside buildings. Do these plants really repel mosquitoes?  Some people swear by these plants others say it has no effect.  I have not done a scientific study […]

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Plant Root Stimulator

Plant Root Stimulator

What is “plant root stimulator”? Well, it is a vitamin to help stimulate new roots.  So how does it work? Do I really need to use it? Good questions? It works by stimulating the existing roots into generating more roots.  It is basically used when planting new trees, shrubs, plants or grass.  The main ingredient […]

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How to increase flowering in plants

One question gardeners in and around the Southwest ask are “How to increase flowering in plants” during the hot summer season? It is a big task when the temperatures can reach 110° Fahrenheit in the lower elevations of the Southwest. Here are some tips to help make your flowers bloom longer and often. There are many factors […]

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Landscaping with Crape Myrtles

Crape Myrtles plants love full sun and rich loamy soil, they like humidity and can tolerate the southwestern heat. Providing they get plenty of water when first planted. They do like circulation so be sure to plant them away from other heavy foliage trees or plants. Newly planted Crape Myrtles need lots of water, preferably twice […]

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The Vitex Tree

The Vitex Tree

The Vitex tree botanical name: Agnus-castus. It likes full Sun – USDA Zones 6-10. Also called the Chaste tree, Chasteberry, and Lilac Chaste Berry. The growth rate is about 15-20ft. tall and wide sometimes taller after 30 years. A low water tree once established. Beautiful spiky dark lilac blooms late spring early summer. There is also […]

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Xeriscape landscaping ideas

Xeriscape landscaping ideas

Xeriscape landscaping ideas. Gardening full time is a great way to relax, then enjoy the fruits of your labor.  But there are still those who have a hard time gardening or don’t want to bother going outdoors and enjoy their landscape area. Whether you have too much going on at work or too many kids […]

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Red Tip Photinia

Red Tip Photinia

Red Tip Photinia (P. fraseri) – A good evergreen hedge plant.  Great for blocking the neighbor’s view or as a privacy windbreak wall.  If left alone they will grow up to 12 ft. tall and about 8 ft. wide. Red Tip Photinias are good shrubs for landscaping.  They will produce a large pale white flower during […]

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Santolina Plant

Santolina Plant

Santolina Plant (Santolina chamaecyparissus). There are several types of Santolina and the most common one is the Gray Cotton variety. Also called the cotton lavender plant. A nice small pale yellow button-like flower. It loves sandy alkaline soil perfect for the dry arid Southwest.  It is drought tolerant once it becomes established usually after the first […]

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What is fertilizer

What is fertilizer?  Have you ever wondered what are those three numbers on a bag, box or package of fertilizer suppose to mean?  How do you analyze them? What about chemicals versus organic?  Why do we need to fertilize our plants and trees? These numbers analyze the amount of Nitrogen, Potash, and Phosphate (NPK). These nutrients […]

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