2008 Southwest Yard & Garden Archives

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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.

For more gardening information, visit the NMSU Extension publications World Wide Web site at http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/pubs/_h.

Send your gardening questions to:
Yard and Garden, ATTN: Dr. Curtis Smith
NMSU Cooperative Extension Service
9301 Indian School Road, NE, Suite 112
Albuquerque, NM 87112


Curtis W. Smith, Ph.D., is an Extension Horticulture Specialist with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service. New Mexico State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and educator.





  • April 5, 2008
    • Transplanting an old but small tree
  • 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.




  • September 6, 2008
    • It is time to divide and move irises
    • Continuation of article discussing herbicides to completely control vegetation in large areas.
  • September 11, 2008
    • Tree roots shallow and threatening house
  • 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, 2007
    • It's not unexpected for fruit trees to blossom in the fall
    • Nanking cherry can be grown in parts of New Mexico