This Month in Your Southwest Yard

   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 […]

This Month in Your Southwest Yard – October

  October Garden Tasks        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 irrigation […]