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Americans are a restless bunch. They change locations with a frequency that would tire a migrating songbird.
If you had driven past my house in recent days, you might have thought you were watching a movie in reverse. There I was, opening trash bags, dumping out leaves and spreading them over the ground.
n this undated photo, a gardener spreads leaves beneath a row of dwarf apple trees, where a leafy mulch keeps weeds from growing and stealing nutrients and water from small trees in New Paltz, New York. (AP Photo/Lee Reich)
Compost or mulch? People often confuse the two, although each fulfills a different function in gardening.
This Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 photo shows a mulch volcano, or shredded bark piled high against the trunk of a tree in Langley, Wash. Too much mulch mounded against a tree eventually will rot the bark, deprive the roots of oxygen, attract insects and reduce the soil’s ability to dry. Instead, mulch should be spread two to four inches deep in a ring around the tree, leaving some space open near the base for water to penetrate and the tree to breathe. (AP Photo/Dean Fosdick)
This Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 photo shows arborist chips, a back to nature mulch in Langley, Wash. Like many other organic materials, the chips help maintain soil moisture, prevent weeds from sprouting and keeps soil temperatures relatively constant around plants. They can rob soil of nitrogen, however, and fertilizer should be added as a supplement. (AP Photo/Dean Fosdick)
This Jan. 14, 2013 photo shows Christmas trees and evergreens brought to Prospect Park, by local residents for use in a recycling program, in Brooklyn, N.Y. The program, run by the New York City Department of Sanitation and the New York City Parks Department, recycles about 150,000 trees a year, turning them into mulch for use in parks, playing fields, community gardens and for residents’ personal use in urban backyards. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)
This Jan. 14, 2013 photo shows free mulch strewn in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, N.Y., available for residents to take home and use in urban backyards. The mulch comes from Christmas trees that are collected and recycled in a program run by the New York City Department of Sanitation and the New York City Parks Department. The city collects about 150,000 trees each year and uses the mulch in parks, playing fields and community gardens in addition to making some of it available for personal use. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)
Tempted to grow your own veggies but not sure where to start? Mesa Urban Garden is offering a free class Saturday, Oct. 19, on vegetable gardening basics.
Turf grass is the groundcover of choice for many property owners, mainly for its rich, carpet-like appearance. But grass is thirsty, demands frequent maintenance and provides little wildlife appeal.
Bad soil? Not enough soil? Maybe even no soil?
In this June 25, 2013 photo, the front entry of this home has more eye appeal after the lawn was reclaimed using shrubs, trees, flowering perennials and a walkway rather than turf grass, in Langley, Wash. A heavy mulch cover helps minimize weeds. (AP Photo/Dean Fosdick)
Smart irrigation is becoming a hot landscaping specialty as groundwater aquifers are increasingly sucked dry.
Plants need water to keep cool, pump minerals up to their leaves and grow. And in many regions and many seasons, they can fend for themselves getting water.
A mulch fire, which began approximately Tuesday afternoon afternoon, is still burning in the West Valley, near Dobbins Road and 62nd Avenue, in Laveen.
I recently moved to a home with acreage, but quickly realized that even large lots have small or quirky outdoor spaces that must be designed carefully and thoughtfully.
The silky petals of a fragrant pink shrub rose; the crunchy texture of a gravel path; a nook where grass rustles and a stream runs. What we smell, see, hear, touch and taste can make a garden walk a wonderful sensory experience.
For a time many years back, I would become nervous every time I went out to my garden to weed. The weeds were so few that I feared something was wrong with the soil.
Interstate 10 has been reopened at Riggs Road after a semi-truck rollover shut down the freeway during the Tuesday evening commute.
As the weather warms and residents start to work on their yards, they’re reminded Mesa is the only city in Arizona to offer a curbside green barrel program the weekly collection of green yard waste such as grass, leaves and small branches. The collected material is taken to a special processing area at the Salt River Landfill where it is converted into mulch and compost. In 2012, Mesa green barrel customers recycled 17,511 tons of yard waste.
People new to gardening ask the darndest questions: about how seeds work, about growing the perfect tomato, about waging war with insects (many of them beneficial).
I first saw cardinal flowers growing in a drainage ditch along a farm field. Their intense red took my breath away, in part because of their surroundings.
Everyone wants their yards to look their best, have lush and beautiful plants year-round. Summertime, though, seems to make us all wilt, plants and people alike. But, even though it’s hot and humid this month, your plants can thrive and stay healthy by understanding a few basics: what is plant heat stress, how do you know your plant is stressed, and what do you do when your plants have been affected?
Landscaping with cacti has been an acquired taste for many gardeners, but it appears the appetite for the robust plants is growing. Lingering drought, watering bans and low-maintenance requirements are making cacti more popular.
There are three things to look forward to when spring hits the Valley: baseball, weather and wildflowers.