Check out your knowledge of gardening in the desert southwest

Take this question and see how they overlap with other desert gardeners.

1. A dead branch on a peach tree in the summer is often a problem. The problem is often:

A. disease

B / Insects

C. Heat

D. Water

E. Circumcision

2. A healthy plant that has been in the ground for five years and fits comfortably in a 5 gallon nursery should be watered:

A 1 gallon each time you drink water

Every time you water 2 gallons

Every time C5 gallons of water

D. Every 10 gallons of water

E 15 Every gallon of water.

3. Landscaping The best time to plant trees and shrubs –

A. At any time of the year

B – When it is very cold


D / Before cooling

E. Spring or autumn months

4. Desert trees use less water than non-drinking mesi trees. True or false.

5. When using plants to reduce the cost of summer cooling

A. Shall cover all the walls of your home with plants that do not tread.

B. Shade on the north and east sides of the house.

C. The southern and western sides of the house are covered with dry vegetation.

D. Shade the east and west sides of the house with evergreen plants.

E. Always shade the northern and southern sides of the house with greenery.


1. Any of these answers may be correct, but the most common cause of one or more branches dying on a peach tree in the summer to the south or west is due to pests. Probably the most common boring in the desert of our country is a flat apple tree. Flat-headed “worm” But as a child, the winged beetle matured.

These beetles usually lay their eggs on trees in early spring, but can be carried out at any time until early summer. Once hatched, the tiny worms or larvae enter the tree where they feed on the juices under the bark. This is where it grows from creamy white, flat-headed worms to black-winged beetles and finally learns in a few months. As an adult, he flies to find a mate and start the egg process again.

2. This thumb rule may be helpful for some plants, knowing how much water to give each time they drink. A 5 gallon plant should get 5 gallons of water. Every 15 gallons of water should be irrigated every 15 gallons.

The water in the soil serves as a reservoir for the roots of plants to attract water to the next irrigation. The first water to use the plant is in the upper part of the soil. The topsoil dries out and evaporates and is absorbed into the water.

Where there is water, the roots of plants grow. If they dive into deep water, then the roots will grow there. If you are constantly attracted to shallow water as a result of daily watering, then the roots of the plants will grow deeper. That is why it is important to water shrubs and trees every day. Shallow, repeated irrigation promotes the growth of shallow roots. Deep roots later become problematic plants.

3. Landscaping The best time to plant trees and shrubs is not always in the cold spring, autumn, or summer months. Planting in the Las Vegas area is usually from late January to late March, spring and late September to late October.

Avoid planting trees and shrubs during the coldest and hottest months. If you have no choice but to plant it before it is hot, it will invite trouble. Planting in hot or cold weather increases the chances of plant death and the time it takes for them to regenerate.

4. That is a difficult question and very confusing. That is why it is important to be careful when buying a mature tree or shrub and place it on your landscape. In general, a large plant can grow, requiring more water as it grows in the coming years.

You say it’s not my problem? Yes it is.

A big plant is difficult to get rid of emotionally and financially for you or someone else. As a tree grows, it needs more and more water.

Desert trees (xeric) are not naturally low in water use. But they can tolerate less frequent irrigation. Desert trees and shrubs “talk to you” and tell you it’s time to drink. That is what gives them the edge that grows in the desert.

Desert trees hold as much water as you want to give them. They take this extra water and turn it into a luxury. That is why after seeing so much water, they see such tall, undeveloped growth in young desert trees. This luxurious growth can be measured by watering or measuring desert trees along with their density (when they run out of water).

5. There are several ways to reduce the cost of summer cooling. But the landscaping method is to cover the south and west walls and windows of your house with non-slip, non-slip, trees and shrubs. It is best to use xeric plants (desert trees and shrubs) to narrow these walls and windows, as they can often water and store water. Of course, there is no water saving if you do not have special irrigation valves.

A general rule of thumb is to plant trees and shrubs about halfway up the wall. This means that a 30-foot tree should be planted about 15 feet from the base. They can be planted closer, but remember that they need to be cut off to grow away from home.

Desert plants grow in irrigated water. Keeping at least 3 feet away from these walls will reduce the risk of cracks and water damage on your concrete foundation.

Dry your home and weed-free soil. This is less invasive for worms that can enter your home in the spring and fall.

Bob Morris is a horticulturist and professor at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada. Visit the blog at Send questions to

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