Spring gardening across the United States varies from region to region. However, gardening in the Southwest has numerous perks—colorful plants and tremendous foliage.
Use these tips to ensure that you properly prepare for the hot and dry desert weather that’s looming on the horizon, and that your garden is in tip-top shape this season.
- Since spring comes very early in the desert, it’s advantageous to get a jump-start in the beginning of April.
- Mulch should be in place before the true summer heat arrives in May.
- Replace cool-season annuals with bloomers that can take the warm weather. Plants like celosia, marigolds, verbena, salvias, and petunias are all equipped to handle the dry heat. Be sure to get these heat-loving annuals in the ground as soon as the seedlings are for sale.
- Throughout April, plant container-grown trees, shrubs, and perennial flowers. All planting should be finished before the end of the month.
- During May, rainfall in the Southwest can be scarce—meaning that effective watering is of the upmost importance.
- Utilize either a hose or an irrigation system, and water various times throughout the week. The secret to a flourishing garden is water frequently and deeply during the first year after planting.
You may also like:
| Dec 14, 2017
House Selling Checklist
| Feb 16, 2018
Sell Faster with These Small Projects
| Feb 19, 2017
Trash vs. Recycle: Do You Know When to Trash it?
| Mar 30, 2017
Selling Your Home? Declutter First!
| Feb 23, 2018
The Ultimate Home Maintenance Checklist
| Mar 19, 2017
Moving? Here’s the Ultimate Home Cleaning Checklist
| Jun 7, 2017