This coming Friday I retire from my position as a Pinal County Cooperative Extension agent.
If you are thinking about growing plants in containers, you will want to give careful thought to the tools, containers, and workstation you will need to make the work not only simple but rewarding.
If you have given your plants a thorough checkup recently, you may have discovered on the undersides of the leaves, many soft-bodied, round or pear-shaped insects feeding contentedly on your prized tomato, rose or maybe some other plant. If so, it is likely that you have a problem with aphids.
All it takes is one heavy weed infestation in the garden and we are quickly motivated to find ways to prevent a similar invasion in the future.
There are three major species of ivy that do well in Arizona, but they are appropriate for use in the desert only when planted in a location with the right conditions and where they cannot cause problems.
With summer just around the corner, it is important to place on our list of summer gardening tasks a reminder to make sure that all plants are protected from sunburn.
Stinknet is a descriptive name for an invasive plant from Africa that has quickly made a home for itself in our low deserts. Between Phoenix and Tucson, it can be found just about anywhere you want to look, including right here in Pinal County.
If you are thinking about buying a new fruit tree for your yard, it is important to pay attention to the rootstock upon which it is grafted because the rootstock plays a huge role in the health, productivity and performance of the plant.
The abscission layer plays a key role in the normal function of healthy plants, but when it kicks in at the wrong time, it can be a harbinger of disease and death for the plant.
If your outdoor living areas are looking a little drab, consider planting annual flowers to freshen up those garden beds with vibrant colors.
Drip irrigation is attractive because it offers many benefits, including the potential to reduce water use outdoors, but successfully switching older trees from a flood irrigation system to drip can be difficult.
If you look at soil close enough, through a microscope of course, you will find some of the greatest of gardening assistants hidden among the many forms of microbial life that make their home in your garden.
Have you noticed your plants struggling to survive, even when irrigated with an automated drip irrigation system? If so, you might be dealing with salt accumulations.
If you like working with plants, you might enjoy creating your own citrus tree by budding the variety you want onto a rootstock that you yourself have grown.
All kinds of weeds can become frustrating hassles for those trying to keep a healthy garden or nice looking lawn, but none are more unrelenting and challenging than the annual grasses.
SUPERIOR — The Boyce Thompson Arboretum annual fall plant sale is now underway, and I would like to let you know in case you are looking for something different to fit into your yard.
Foliar-applied plant fertilizers are a popular way to feed trees and shrubs but to get the best results, it is important to know when and how to use them.
Knowing the key differences between one insect and another can tip the balance between success and failure when the time comes to control those pesky critters.
Citrus, other fruit trees and most ornamental trees and shrubs need to be fed properly during the months of active growth to maintain good growth and productivity.
Here in the desert, one thing is for certain. Sooner or later summer temperatures are going to stress our outdoor plants, especially if the monsoon rains come late.
The avid landscape gardener is always on the lookout for new plants that can give subtle, unique flavor to outdoor areas. One such plant is Acanthus, or bear’s breech.