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    Smart Plant Choices To Decrease Water Use in the Landscape

    Residents of the Southwest know how valuable a resource our water is and that it’s important to conserve this precious resource where we can. The best place to look at water savings should begin in the landscape, where up to 75% of household water use occurs. While this is a lot of water, there are a number of ways you can…

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    Compost in the Southwest

      International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) is the first full week of May every year. To help you get started, here are tips for composting in the Southwest. We will also have a giveaway for a Mantis countertop compost container later in the week – stay tuned for details!

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    The Magic of Mulch

      I’m never one to believe fantastic claims made for most garden products. There’s no magic potion for plants that will guarantee a bountiful harvest. There is however, one thing that comes awfully close

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    Lavender: You Can Grow That!

    Lavender: It’s an herb, a favorite of pollinators; it smells wonderful and it’s drought tolerant. I consider lavender the perfect Southwestern plant. I guess that’s why I have nearly 20 lavender plants. Lavender (Lavandula) is native to the Mediterranean and North African coast, which speaks to its

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    Got Overgrown Shrubs? Know When to Prune Or Replace

    Have the shrubs in your garden seen better days? Perhaps you have noticed them appearing somewhat straggly and overgrown and wondered whether severe pruning will improve their appearance or if you should replace them. Let’s take a look at how to determine when to prune or replace the shrubs in your landscape.