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Southwest Yard & Garden is a weekly column, written by Curtis W. Smith, Extension horticulture specialist, that addresses garden and landscape questions.
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February 2, 2013
1 - Indian paintbrush plants are difficult to transplant, to grow from seed, and are semi-parasitic plants.
2 - Pruning pinon trees is possible, but different from pruning deciduous trees.
March 23, 2013
1 - Fast-growing, short-statured, evergreen trees for screening do exist, but some compromises and choices may be required.
April 27, 2013
1 - Some plants produce extrafloral nectaries that look to some gardeners to be insects on the leaves, don't worry about them..
2 - Frost, wind, and cold weather that reduced bee activity may result in few to no fruit in early blooming varieties this year.
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Curtis W. Smith, Ph.D., is an Extension Horticulture Specialist, retired from New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service. NMSU and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating.