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Every week one our desert gardeners provides expert advice on making your desert garden bloom. They'll take you to some of their favorite landscapes in Las Vegas and introduce you to horticultural experts working in Southern Nevada.Angela O'Callaghan is Associate Professor, Nevada Cooperative Extension - Specialist in Social Horticulture. Norm Schilling is owner of Schilling Horticulture Group in Las Vegas. His prior experience includes horticulture supervisor at UNLV and lead groundskeeper at the Gardens at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve (formerly the Desert Demonstration Garden). He's an ISA certified arborist and teaches a variety of horticulture and tree care topics. You're invited to submit questions to Desert Bloom.Check out Norm Schilling's list of "Wonderful Plants on the Cheap and Easy" and "Norm's Favorite Desert Trees".Send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resist the urge to feed the bad habits of your desert trees says Norm Schilling. There's water from the sky this week, but let desert trees do what they do best.
Before Summer heat kicks in Norm Schilling says take advantage of a window for transplanting. Some of the commonest plants in our yards are easy to propagate and now’s the time to do it.
Weeds are uninvited guests. They arrive unannounced, take up space, consume valuable assets (like water and soil nutrients) and just won’t leave, despite our best efforts.
If you’ve really been unlucky, you might have looked at your yard, vegetable garden or raised bed and discovered that you had an abundance of a white-flowered vining plant just appearing all over.
Agave’s grow to be impressive large plants here. Norm Schilling takes a tour of his specimens in this edition of Desert Bloom.
Missed the super bloom in Death Valley - plan for one in your own yard next year!
So what would survive if you left your yard unattended for a couple of years? Norm Schilling has a real life example.
This winter’s been a relatively wet one, so it really shouldn’t come as such a big shock when many plants in this region respond to the abundance of water.
It might be cool outside but if you want healthy shrubs, roses and trees around your home, get outside and get busy says Norm Schilling. Starting small is smart and sustainable.
There are some winters, like the one we’ve been experiencing, when the temperature suddenly drops. All of us intrepid desert gardeners race to get the raised beds covered.