This Month in Your Southwest Yard – May

   May Garden Tasks   Rising temperatures cause changes in plants…prepare for summer!   ~ Change watering schedule from mid-day to early morning or evening as weather heats up to minimize loss through evaporation. ~ Maintain a good mulch of organic matter (such as leaves, bark, or chipped wood) covering garden soil throughout the summer to hold in moisture, moderate soil temperatures for optimum root growth, improve the soil as it decomposes, and prevent weeds from germinating. Mulch allows you […]

This Month in Your Southwest Yard – April

   April Garden Tasks     Color season is reaching its peak—spend time outside enjoying it!   ~ Reset irrigation schedules and increase watering time as temperatures rise ~ Plant cold-tender perennials, preferably in pots so winter protection is easier ~ Transplant Joshua trees and yuccas from March to mid-April ~ Work compost or soil amendments into planting beds to improve moisture retention as summer approaches ~ Keep mulch on the soil–especially with organic matter such as leaves, bark, or chipped […]