Magazine article Sunset

July Your Southwest Guide

Magazine article Sunset

July Your Southwest Guide

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To-do list

* Save water by converting lawns to buffalo grass, planted by plug. In higher elevations, choose 'Legacy'; in lower elevations, select 'UC Verde'. SUNSET CLIMATE ZONES 3B, 10-13

* Before monsoon season, dig shallow depressions that catch rainwater runoff from your roof and direct it toward tree roots.

* Plant summer-blooming Crinum bulbs in moist soil where they'll get afternoon shade. ZONES 12-13

* Hand-pollinate squash and melons for more fruit. Use a fine-tipped brush to dab pollen from one flower to another nearby.

* Set out rain lilies (Zephyranth.es candida) before monsoon season for late-summer blooms. ZONES 12-13

* Plant torch cactus (Trichocereus hybrids). These tall, slender plants unfurl audaciously large summer flowers in red, peach, and yellow. ZONES 11-13

* Prune back tomatoes by two-thirds to encourage new growth and fruit set. -SCOTT CALHOUN

TECHNIQUE

MAKE CUT FLOWERS LAST LONGER

Get the most from freshly clipped blooms. Remember that the sturdier the stem, the easier the flower will be to work with in an arrangement.

1 | Use sharp shears and always give stems a fresh snip - while holding them under water - just before placing them in a waterfilled vase. …

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