Archive for February, 2017

ARIZONA GOLF INDUSTRY REBOUNDS AS AN ECONOMIC DRIVER, STUDY FINDS

February 2, 2017

University of Arizona researchers find that water-related best management practices are reducing golf-course reliance on fresh water A University of Arizona study of the golf industry in Arizona has found that golf – with an economic impact of $3.9 billion in 2014 — has re-established its footing as an important driver of the state’s economy following the tumult of the …

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DESERT EDIBLES: CITIES OFFER FULL MENU OF LANDSCAPE AND GARDENING CLASSES

February 7, 2017

The Sonoran Desert is an incomparable place to hike, bike, run, horseback ride and bird watch. When it comes to foraging for food, it’s not so grand. Even those knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the topic admit that sifting and straining food from desert flora is labor intensive. It is, however, a labor of love for people who crave the tastes …

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PLANT OF THE MONTH – EREMOPHILA

February 13, 2017

Occasionally in the plant world, a new introduction comes along that gets everyone excited. In this case, not one, but three different, drought-tolerant shrubs have recently become quite popular with homeowners and landscape professionals. All of these shrubs belong to the Eremophila family and the reasons for their popularity range from the fact that they each have attractive, evergreen foliage, …

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CELEBRATE AZ WATER AT BARTLETT LAKE

February 21, 2017

Just northeast of central Phoenix, along the Verde River in Tonto National Forest, lies the serene waters of Bartlett Lake. Formed as a reservoir when the Salt River Project dammed the Verde River in the late 1930’s, Bartlett Lake has over 33 miles of shoreline and a surface area of over 2,000 acres, making it larger than both Canyon Lake …

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DESERT PLANTS ARE GREAT AT MULTI-TASKING

February 26, 2017

Plants provide many functions for the landscape February is a great time to plant in the low desert as temperatures are still cool and roots can get established before the heat sets in. Perhaps you are looking to add or replace a few plants to your landscape, create a new focal point with sculptural cacti or accent plants, or you …

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Landscape Plants for the Arizona Desert