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Southwestern Deserts

July, 2011
Regional Report

Web Finds

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Located in Tucson, this unique attraction combines a botanical garden, natural history museum, and zoo. In addition to visitor information, Desert Museum offers a wide variety of information on native plants and creatures, the Museum's research and conservation topics, and online education opportunities.

Clever Gardening Technique

Spot Aeration
Lawns will be healthier if they are aerated every two to four years to reduce compaction, which encourages oxygen, water, and nutrient movement to the root zone. If your lawn has only a few brown spots caused by soil compaction (rather than dog urine), it is easy to use a foot-press aerator to break up hard soil in those small areas, rather than renting a machine to do the entire lawn.

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