2008 Southwest Yard & Garden Archives



  • February 2, 2008
    Is Amelanchier a replacement for blueberries?
    Should I have a termite warranty?
  • February 9, 2008
    Can last year's seeds cause curly-top virus problems this year?


  • March 8, 2008
    Difference in gardening (environment) between Santa Fe and Pecos/
    Don't add lime to New Mexico soil!


  • April 12, 2008
    Pruning trees in spring after they make leaves is not good
    Remove daffodils old blossom, but leave the leaves
  • April 19, 2008
    Should I trim lower leaves from tomatoes when planting?
    Prune lilacs, forsythia, and other spring blooming shrubs after flowering.
  • April 26, 2008
    It's ok to prune water sprouts in early summer.
    Problems with bread and meat in compost.


  • May 3, 2008
    You won't avoid squash bugs by planting late
  • May 17, 2008
    Pinon needle scale causes dying of some needles on a pinon twig
  • May 22, 2008
    When to prune juniper trees
    Creeping sorrel lawn weed


  • June 14, 2008
    To cut the tree or not to cut the tree - that is the question!
  • June 21, 2008
    Arizona ash trees with flower galls
    Summer is not the best time to prune juniper


  • July 26, 2008
    Cucumber plants not making cucumbers
    Pruning hail damaged tree


  • August 2, 2008
    Winter, spring, and summer can cause problems for globe willow trees
  • August 9, 2008
    Caterpillar invasion
    Can I eat peaches after accidental pesticide application?


  • September 6, 2008
    It is time to divide and move irises
    Continuation of article discussing herbicides to completely control vegetation in large areas.
  • September 20, 2008
    It is ok to compost tomatoes that had curly top virus
    It is time to start inducing flowers in Christmas cacti
  • September 27, 2008
    It's not unexpected for fruit trees to blossom in the fall
    Nanking cherry can be grown in parts of New Mexico


  • October 4, 2008
    White blotches on zucchini leaves may be normal or may be fungus



  • December 6, 2008
    It may be possible to replace a water line under a tree without harming the tree.

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Marisa Y. Thompson, PhD, is the Extension Horticulture Specialist, in the Department of Extension Plant Sciences at the New Mexico State University Los Lunas Agricultural Science Center, email: desertblooms@nmsu.edu, office: 505-865-7340, ext. 113.


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