Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southwestern Deserts

December, 2008
Regional Report

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Tree Link
Click on the map on to be linked to your state's various agencies and non-profit organizations that have something to do with trees, where you'll find all sorts of fun and useful info.

Clever Gardening Technique

Plant Small Trees
If you're stumped for last-minute holiday gift ideas, consider a gift certificate for a tree, with an offer to help transplant it. You don't have to buy an enormous tree. Explain to the recipient that research shows that trees from smaller pot sizes (5 and 15 gallon) catch up to their bigger boxed cousins within a few years because their smaller root ball suffers less transplant shock. From a practical standpoint, smaller sizes weigh less and are more manageable and their planting holes don't have to be so big. (Planting holes should be dug 3 to 5 times the width of the root ball.) Finally, a smaller tree gift makes a fun "ruler" to mark the growth of a child, as both mature together.


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