Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southwestern Deserts

March, 2010
Regional Report

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Arbor Day
Plant a tree! National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April, although many states celebrate according to their best tree-planting times. Dates for Southwest regions include New Mexico: 2nd Friday in March; Arizona: 3rd Friday in March; Nevada and Texas: last Friday in April; California: March 7-14. For more details on Arbor Day, visit

Favorite or New Plant

Velvet Mesquite
Prosopis velutina is a deciduous native tree that takes full sun, alkaline soil and limited rainfall. Growing 25 feet tall and wide, it creates a pleasant shady canopy and its seedpods can be ground into a nutritious flour, once a common food source for Native Americans. This tree species has thorns, so site it where that's not an issue. Be careful not to overwater mesquite trees, which encourages abundant, top-heavy foliage growth before the root system can develop to anchor the weight. Top-heavy mesquites are susceptible to blowing over in strong winds!


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