This Month in Your Southwest Yard – September

  September Garden Tasks Late September to mid-November starts the most important planting season of the year in the Southwestern U.S. ~ Plant native and drought-tolerant plants from late-September to mid-November; warm soil helps new plants develop deep roots before summer, reducing water needs during their entire two- to three-year establishment. We traditionally recommended planting native and drought-tolerant plants from mid-September through October, but as high summer temperatures are now lasting longer into our “fall” months, we are now adjusting […]

This Month in Your Southwest Yard – March

   March Garden Tasks     Warm, mild weather this month prompts rapid growth of plants, as well as insect pests   ~ Plant perennials as early as possible this month if you missed the fall planting season ~ Plant bare-root trees and shrubs through early March ~ Transplant Joshua trees and yuccas from March to mid-April ~ Reapply any mulch around plants removed by rain or wind ~ Replace batteries in your irrigation clocks when Daylight Savings Time starts ~ […]

This Month in Your SW Yard – October

  October Garden Tasks for Southwest Yards      Take advantage of fall planting season to develop strong, summer-ready plants ~ Continue to plant native and drought-tolerant perennial plants and trees. Fall plantings develop deep roots while soils are still warm but the air is cool, which stimulates root growth. This early root establishment reduces water needs during your new plant’s two- to three-year establishment. ~ Adjust irrigation timers as nights get longer and cooler. Simply making monthly changes to your […]