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Southwest Yard and Garden

This column comes through the Grant County Extension Service out of New Mexico State University.

2020 10 05 15.36.29

Question: I am updating the Valencia County Extension Master Gardener brochure on trees. How do I access the new recommended trees for climate change? I would like to include them in the brochure.

Zena K., Los Lunas

sara moran soap picsjpgIn a recent NMSU Cooperative Extension “Ready, Set, GROW!” webinar on holiday gift giving, Bernalillo County Extension Agent Sara Moran described how she makes handcrafted soaps decorated with materials from the garden, like rose petals and other flowers. Photo credits Sara Moran.

Question: What are your favorite garden-related items that would make great holiday gifts?

Mary Jo L., Albuquerque

laura paskus crabapple tree wind damage 1Strong wind gusts in Albuquerque on Sept. 8, 2020, caused several major branches in the middle of this crabapple canopy to break. Photo credit Laura Paskus.

Question: I lost about 1/3 of my crabapple tree and probably more than 1/2 of a mimosa tree in the wind storm on Tuesday. Is there anything I should do to try to help them? 

Laura P., Albuquerque

img 6557Bright yellow mulberry leaf in the Los Lunas bosque on September 2, 2020. Photo credit M. Thompson.

Question: In my yard and around town, I have noticed tree leaves turning yellow in different areas on the tree and falling sporadically. It is primarily older mulberry trees. Is this due to nutrition deficiency, disease, drought, or all of the above? 

-J. White, Las Cruces

swgarden0902Pruning branches during the summer is the way to grow if your goal is to control tree size. Mulberry limbs were scraping the rain gutters at my house (shown above), so I’ll prune them back this month. Photo credits Marisa Thompson.Question: Is it okay to prune landscape trees now? Should we wait until it cools off a bit? Wait till fall?

- Submitted via Lynda Garvin, Sandoval County Extension Agriculture Agent 

squash bug eggs copySquash bug eggs on leaves and stems. Photo credits Bdm23, Wikimedia Commons (left) and Pollinator, Wikimedia Commons (right).

Question: Squash bugs decimated my plants and my crop last summer. What should I be doing now to prevent this from happening again? 

Sarah H., Las Cruces 

new mexico 2012 usda plant hardiness zone map2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map of New Mexico (https://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/Downloads.aspx)

Question: After I bought a ‘Sea Green’ juniper I noticed the tag said “Hardy to 20°F.” Well, I live at almost 7,000 feet in Torrance County. When I looked online it said my zone is 6. I think maybe the tag is wrong. Do you agree?

Carolyn M., Torrance County

Question: Something is wrong with our apricots. The tree looks good, but the fruit are severely damaged. This is all over the tree. Leaves seem to be fine. Ideas?
-Question submitted via Bernalillo County Extension Agent Sara Moran

apricots 1Stippling on these apricots in Albuquerque may be signs of frost damage. Photo credit Concerned Gardener.

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