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Southwestern Deserts

July, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Poison Ivy Gets Pumped Up

National News

One of the scourges of summer is dermatitis from contact with poison ivy. The leaves, branches, and roots of this perennial vining weed contain an oil ( urushiol ) that, once it penetrates your...

The First True Red Hydrangea

One visit to your local garden center and it?s clear that mophead hydrangeas ( Hydrangea macrophylla ) are very popular. While pink or blue flowers have been the most popular colors, plant...

Veggies Help Prevent Clogged Arteries

It?s common knowledge that eating vegetables is good for us, and a recent study helps us understand at least one reason why. In laboratory tests on rodents, researchers at Wake Forest University...

Add Water-Absorbing Gel After Planting

Water-absorbing crystals are often used to keep containers, hanging baskets, and pots moist during dry summer weather. The traditional way to apply the crystals is to mix them into the potting...

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In the Garden


Stop Bad Pruning!

I recently completed a survey from the City of Phoenix regarding their landscape maintenance practices along streets in the city. On my regular driving routes, only small sections are under the city's control, and they look pretty good. I wish some of...
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Shows & Events

Arizona Community Tree Council Annual Conference At the Arizona Community Tree Council Annual Conference there will be an interesting variety of...

Clever Gardening Technique

Removing a Section of Teddy Bear Cholla If you've ever been unlucky enough to have a section of this cactus cling to your flesh, you know...
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Regional Reminders

  • Plant Gourds
  • Hose off Cochineal Scale
  • Watch for Black Widows
  • Peruse Gardening Info
  • Provide Water for Wildlife

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