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All About Citrus

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The growing and maintenance of citrus is the number one question asked of the Lake Havasu City Master Gardeners. In fact, it’s so popular that the University of Arizona, along with Mohave County Cooperative Extension, initiated guidelines specifically for Lake Havasu City and Bullhead City regarding the care and maintenance of citrus trees. These guideline[...]

Gardening Lingo

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Have you ever read a magazine or newspaper article on a certain subject and have not fully understood what they’re saying? Whether it is sports, various hobbies or everyday functions, they all have a “lingo” that pertains to that particular subject. I have had the pleasure of writing these gardening articles for you, but have suddenly realized that som[...]

Planning for a Hot Summer

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We have not had a cool winter. As a matter of fact, the weather has been 10°F above normal this winter.  If this is any indication of what is to come, we may once again be seeing 125°F in June and another long, hot summer.  Concern for our landscape plants is paramount in all of our minds…what survived last summer may not survive this summer.  Last summer’s [...]

Lavender in Lake Havasu

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Lavender (lavandula) is the queen of the scented herb garden.  It is the backbone of many of our perfumes, soaps, sachets, and potpourris. The botanical name comes from the Latin word lavare, meaning to wash.  Since the earliest of times, lavender has been used to perfume bath water and burned as incense to cleanse hospitals. You usually picture it in an Eng[...]

Vegetables in the Low Desert

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Most of us are transplants from another state and are undoubtedly used to planting our vegetable gardens in real soil.  However, here in the low desert, we have dirt, not soil--and due to our heat index, a frustration with nature.  Since there is a little bit of Farmer John in all of us, I thought I would write about the what, when, where and how on vegetabl[...]

Agaves & Aloes

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Agaves and Aloes can make bold accent plants in a desert landscape; they both have an intriguing range of shapes, sizes, and colors. Many people become confused about what an agave is and what an aloe is, I hope I can clear this up for you in this article. Agaves have large leaves arranged in a spiral, forming a rosette. The leaves can range from solid gr[...]

Birds of Paradise

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Summer is upon us, and with it, one of the amazing plants here in Lake Havasu will be showing its colors.  This tropical looking shrub is part of the Pea or Legume Family.  It’s one of my favorites and it’s the Red Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia pulcherrima), Desert Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia gilliesii) and the Mexican Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia cac[...]

Weed Or Wildflower?

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by Dottie Holman With all the rain we have had this fall and winter, we’ll be enjoying more wildflowers (and weeds) than in prior years. The ever-ending question is “which is which?” As with many other things, the answer is in the eye of the beholder. A “weed” is often defined as a plant that is growing where it is not wanted. However, the same plant grow[...]

AIR-PURIFYING PLANTS FOR THE HOME

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What does your home have to do with a NASA spaceship? Indoor air pollutants for one. In 1998, NASA discovered “sick building syndrome” due to the astronauts experiencing symptoms of headaches, nausea, eye irritation, coughing, dry skin and the inability to focus because of being confined in a sealed space with little air flow. Stagnant air allowed pollut[...]

TREES... Choosing, Planting & Staking

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A properly chosen tree can provide beauty, shade, wildlife habitats and screening of unwanted sights to your landscape. Now is the perfect time to plant trees in your yard so their root system can become established prior to our area’s hot summer temperatures. Size does matter. Be sure you do your research prior to picking out the tree of your dreams. F[...]