VOLUME 15, ISSUE 22 • May 30, 2019

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


This is a power-packed e-gardens of extreme topics. I spent extra time getting it ready for you. Hope you find it really useful!

In this issue…
• Great strides in red yuccas!
• Sprinkler repairs you can make;
• Beggar's lice – it is everywhere;
• Replacements for redtips; and
• Early June things to do.

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Photo: Nectar-laden flowers of red yucca are magnets for hummingbirds.


Gardening This Weekend

It's a short hop from spring into summer here in the Sunny Southwest. It's time to shift gears into hot-weather lawn and landscape management. Stay on top of your tasks. I've started your list. Take a look.

Photo: Perfect time for planting pentas.


DIY Sprinkler Repair

As we head into Summer 2019, if you have a sprinkler system, you need to be sure it's functioning properly. I've made a list of several simple things you can check and fix on your own. You probably should look.

Photo: Sprinkler head is functioning well.


Red Yuccas Rule!

They may be the best-adapted xeriphytic plants that we grow. That is, plants adapted to hot, dry conditions. Red yuccas can endure it all, and cold weather to boot. And they've come a long ways.

Photo: Wait 'til you see what's up with red yuccas!


Question of the Week: May 30, 2019

"What is this weed? It's taken over my yard. How can I get rid of it?"

This weed is awful! It looks like a miniature form of Queen Anne's lace. Let me explain.

Photo: Get rid of beggar's lice quickly!


Question of the Week: May 30, 2019 - Number Two

"Now that I'm declaring my redtip photinias a complete loss, what are my best replacements?"

I have four good choices. Click through to see them.

Photo: Redtips have been ruined by disease.


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Until next week, thanks for reading…

And happy gardening!


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