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    5 Uses for Ornamental Grasses

    When homeowners plan landscapes or stroll through a garden center, they often gravitate to brightly colored flowers. And every garden needs some color, so that’s great. But flowering plants have seasons when they bloom, depending on the average temperatures in a low or high desert region.

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    Bee Friendly and Bee Safe

    September is National Honey Month, so today we focus today on bees. While we enjoy the fruits of the their labor, not many of us want a swarm of them settling in the backyard, especially since the Africanized “killer” bees are a fact of life across the Southwest — in Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and southern California. The Food…

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    5 Ways to Help Your Garden Weather a Southwest Summer

    Summer is here despite what the calendar says. Residents of the Southwest are no strangers to the heat, which not only affects our comfort but can be difficult for the plants in your garden. Thankfully, there are several things you can do to help your garden weather the heat of a Southwest summer. SWG’s Noelle Johnson lives in the Phoenix…

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    Moon Garden – for You and Mosquito Eaters to Enjoy

    Mosquitoes are not only annoying, they can carry dreadful diseases. And yet, the time to enjoy our gardens in the Southwest summer is in the cool of evening – right when those pests are flying. To resolve this dilemma, plus help create an enjoyable evening space, PLUS a space that attracts night-flying mosquito-eating bats and birds (like the lesser nighthawk)…

  • Pools and Plants

    Many folks dream of a pool of their own. To relax by the water, daydream, sip luscious drinks…. So the dream does not become a nightmare of constantly scooping plants bits out of the pool – you need a little planning.  Plus the proper plants.