• When to Prune Roses and Shrubs in High-Desert Landscapes

    Knowing when to prune your roses and other shrubs takes some knowledge of the plant type, cues from nature and a little guesswork. In the low desert, hard pruning usually begins in winter (January or early February) to stimulate early spring growth. A second prune in summer can lead to additional blooming. See Noelle Johnson’s post for more tips on…

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    Pruning Roses for Fall Blooms in the Desert Garden

    People often react with surprise to find that roses can grow in the desert Southwest. Horticulturist Noelle Johnson loves roses and has been growing them for more than 25 years in her Phoenix-area garden. Over the years, she’s learned how best to care for roses and how to maximize their blooms. In the low to intermediate desert garden, roses flower…

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    Preparing Your Landscape for Summer Monsoons

    The summer monsoon is a dramatic event that occurs throughout the Southwest, bringing rain and brief periods of cooler temperatures. But with the welcome rainfall and brief respite from the heat comes the potential for damaging wind and flooding. Although much of the Southwest is dry and arid, summer rain comes down in torrents accompanied by high winds. Not surprisingly,…

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    5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Prune Your Flowering Shrubs Into ‘Balls’

    Drive down any street in the Southwest, and you are likely to see landscapes filled with green balls, squares, and even cupcakes. So what are these green blobs? Believe it or not, they are the result of improper pruning of flowering shrubs. Here is a fairly typical example. There are six different types of flowering shrubs in this front yard…

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    Severe Pruning Brings New Life to Overgrown Shrubs

    Do you have large shrubs in your landscape that have outgrown their space? Or maybe bushes filled with old, woody growth that have seen better days? If so, the photo above may look familiar to you. Thankfully, in many cases, severe pruning can bring new life to overgrown shrubs.