2014 Southwest Yard & Garden Archives

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  • Southwest Yard & Garden - May 10, 2014
    1 - Summer pruning roses by cutting flower to take indoors or to remove spent blossoms helps manage plant size.
    2 - Non-toxic and low toxicity methods of managing aphids on garden transplants are possible.


  • Southwest Yard & Garden - June 28, 2014
    1 - Coffee grounds is a beneficial source of organic matter for your garden, but like some other fine textured organic materials there is a chance that they will cause a temporary depletion of plant available nitrogen while they are decomposing.



  • Southwest Yard & Garden - August 30, 2014
    1 - Blackberry plants often reproduce themselves by tip layering, but be careful that you do not violate plant patent laws by propagating and distributing patented varieties.



  • Southwest Yard & Garden - October 4, 2014
    1 - Mistletoe management is difficult, but there are things you can do.
    2 - A reader suggests a fun way to disrupt tent caterpillar and fall webworm webs in trees.
  • October 11,2014
    1 - Elm leaf beetles are beginning to come into our houses looking for places to overwinter.
  • Southwest Yard & Garden - October 18, 2014
    1 - Chiles can be grown year-round if they are brought indoors to a good environment for the winter.
    2 - Siberian elm trees have some bad characteristics, but also some redeeming characteristics.


  • November 8, 2014
    1 - It is autumn and there are several things that may be digging holes in your lawn.
  • November 15, 2014
    1 - Cicadas could have made the holes discussed last week but they would have appeared earlier in the summer.
    2 - Coppicing is a method of tree management that occurs naturally in New Mexico and can be used in some landscape situations.
  • November 22, 2014
    1 - The choice of artificial or cut Christmas tree is a personal choice, but it is true that the cut tree requires more care.
  • November 29, 2014
    1 - Some plants can actually survive being enclosed and wrapped as gifts for short periods of time.
    2 - It is not uncommon for Benjamin's fig trees to drop leaves as the season and environment changes.


  • December 6, 2014
    1 - Holes filled with compost, sulfur, and an iron source placed just outside the dripline of trees can help overcome iron chlorosis (deficiency) symptoms in the trees.
  • December 13, 2014
    1 - Conifers respond to pruning in a manner different from the response of deciduous trees, so cutting the top of a conifer to use as a Christmas tree may not result in regrowth and an attractive tree that is left behind.
  • December 20, 2014
    1 - Houseplants left outside in freezing weather for a short period of time may survive, but will need special care.
  • December 27, 2014
    1 - Maintaining the beauty of a poinsettia into the spring is possible if the proper environment is provided.
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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.