2017 Southwest Yard & Garden Archives

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  • January 7, 2017
    1 – Old Christmas trees can be put to use in the garden after the holidays rather than being burned or sent to clutter the landfill.
  • January 14, 2017
    1 - Pocket gophers can be problems in New Mexico, but control is possible, and there are natural predators who help us.
  • January 21, 2017
    1 – Container gardens can provides some benefits to New Mexico gardeners, but they can also create new gardening challenges.
  • January 28, 2017
    1 – Providing standardized irrigation instructions on plant labels can be challenging.


  • February 4, 2017
    1 – Transplanting established fruit trees can be sometimes be successful if done properly.
  • February 11, 2017
    1 – Mustard weeds are problems in New Mexico, but there are things you can do to manage the problems.
  • February 18, 2017
    1 - Oxalis plants may look like clover, but they are a different plant that can become problems in landscapes and gardens.
  • February 25, 2017
    1 – Pecan weevil quarantines in New Mexico are limited to the areas where the weevils were found, but New Mexico gardeners should be watching for the weevil in their pecans.


  • March 4, 2017
    1 – Weevils that attack only puncture vine (goathead) plants are one tool to use with others in managing puncture vines in some New Mexico gardens.
  • March 11, 2017
    1 – The pitch produced by a pine tree when it is injured is its own natural pruning sealer.
  • March 18, 2017
    1 – Hardware cloth under raised garden beds can help protect gardens from gophers.
  • March 25, 2017
    1 – Trees grown in containers can be done almost any season in New Mexico, but if the trees have been in the container too long there may be problems.


  • April 1, 2017
    1 – Piñon needle scale infestations can often be managed by removing their egg masses from the base of the tree to prevent reinfestation.
  • April 8, 2017
    1 – Mulberry trees which have been pollarded, or pseudo-pollarded, may grow if pollarding ceases, but they may also become hazardous trees.
  • April 15, 2017
    1 – Sprouts from cut trees can be managed with herbicides or by manually removing the sprouts as soon as they appear.
  • April 22, 2017
    1 – Unproductive field soil can be amended with compost and used in raised bed gardens.
  • April 29, 2017
    1 – Pomegranates may be grown in parts of New Mexico, but some winter protection may be needed.


  • May 6, 2017
    1 – Desiccation of newly planted landscape plants may be caused by many factors.
  • May 13, 2017
    1 – In-line drip irrigation is appropriate for some gardening situations providing efficient irrigation for your plants.
  • May 20, 2017
    1 - Grape pruning is important for good production of fruit.
    2 - There are several sources of information to determine the cause of seasonal pollen allergies.
  • May 27, 2017
    1 – African rue is a difficult to manage weed invading New Mexico.


  • June 3, 2017
    1 – In some parts of New Mexico flowering plums, apricots, and some other fruits do not consistently produce fruit.
  • June 10, 2017
    1 – It is indeed feasible to save pits (seeds) from a dying apricot tree to start a new tree.
  • June 17, 2017
    1 – Container grown trees may be planted in the summer and will get some help from the monsoon rains, but don’t trust the monsoon for adequate irrigation.
  • June 24, 2017
    1 - Annual rejuvenation pruning may be used to reduce and maintain the size of Spanish broom shrubs.


  • July 1, 2017
    1 – Desert willows often start life as shrubs and become multi-trunked small trees or large shrubs, so breakage is not a major problem for them.
  • July 8, 2017
    1 – Agave plants produce babies (offsets) as their replacements when they die.
  • July 15, 2017
    1 – Summer lawn problems can be due to several stresses.
  • July 22, 2017
    1 – Soil tests can help you prepare your soil to increase the chances of successful future gardens.
  • July 29, 2017
    1 – Cockroaches in the garden may become pests indoors.
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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.