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Your place to ask questions about the best plants to put in your backyard, how to save water and how to grow your garden!

 

Profile photo: Cactus flowers bloom. Photo by Francoise Hradsky

Banner photo: A colorful mix of Texas Rangers, tall grass, a pair of Saguaros, Bird of Paradise in the Santa Cruz Valley.

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Garden tasks in August

During summer, the area's many colorfully blooming Oleander bushes help to brighten even the dullest of desert landscapes.
During summer, the area's many colorfully blooming Oleander bushes help to brighten even the dullest of desert landscapes.

It's August, the time of the year when insects and weeds begin to take over our yards and gardens. 

University of Arizona Master Gardener Mary Kidnocker explains how to deal with these and other unwelcome summer visitors before they get out of control.

What have you been up to lately in your garden?

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Advice on using patriotic colors in the landscape

Patriotic red Celosia flowers highlight this small statue in Park Centre on the La Posada campus. (Mary Kidnocker photo)
Patriotic red Celosia flowers highlight this small statue in Park Centre on the La Posada campus. (Mary Kidnocker photo)

Are you looking to add some patriotic flair to your yard ahead of the Fourth of July?

University of Arizona Master Gardener Mary Kidnocker suggests red, white, and blue plants that can transform the desert landscape into a patriotic display of courage, purity and justice.

Do you have any red, white and blue plants in your yard? Feel free to share your photos.

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The value of desert mistletoe to the desert ecosystem

Phoradendron californicum, or desert mistletoe, is a sight familiar to locals. (Royce H. iNaturslist)
Phoradendron californicum, or desert mistletoe, is a sight familiar to locals. (Royce H. iNaturslist)

Do you have a desert tree or shrub in your yard that has become host to yellow-green bundles of desert mistletoe?

Assistant Editor and reporter Laura Jean Schneider dispels some common myths about the hemiparasite and talks with Evolutionary Ecologist Kelsey M. Yule about how desert mistletoe provides incredible habitat and nutrition for wildlife.

I always thought desert mistletoe was all bad news for the trees and shrubs it lives on, but I didn't know it rarely kills its host. Did reading this story change your perception of the plant?

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The flowering cycle of Agaves

All of the many flowers on this Octopus Agave will eventually turn into small plants (bulbils), each of which can be separated from the stem and planted. (Mary Kidnocker photo)
All of the many flowers on this Octopus Agave will eventually turn into small plants (bulbils), each of which can be separated from the stem and planted. (Mary Kidnocker photo)

Did you know that Agave plants die after blooming, usually leaving behind clones of themselves in the form of seeds to grow up and repeat the process?

University of Arizona Master Gardener Mary Kidnocker describes the blooming and the propagation process of a few of the over 130 species in the Agave family.

Do you have an Agave in your yard with flower stalks that look like asparagus spears? Share your photos in the comment thread below.