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.
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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.