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November 16, 2010
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Barrel CactusIf you've ever made contact with a desert cactus, you can understand why more people don't want to grow them in their yard. Try using a good pair of cactus gloves to ease the pain. Angela O'Callaghan explains the hows and whys of these slow-growing, resource conserving, and well-defended desert plants.

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  • NormOct 28, 2014 | Fall Colors - Web Only Edition
    With glorious weather for our yards to fall back into bloom, Norm has some additional suggestions for color to add to the profusion of blooms for this time of year. (Web-only content)

    NormOct 7, 2014 | Second Spring
    The call it a "second spring" Norm Schilling has some plan ideas to make Fall colorful in your yard. He has a checklist of plants looking their best, because now is the time to plant in Southern Nevada.

    AngelaSep 30, 2014 | Fountain Grass
    A weed by any other name is still a weed even if it doesn't look like one. If only everything in our gardens thrived as well as weeds. Here is Angela O'Callaghan.

    NormSep 15, 2014 | Desert Heat
    Norm describes a significant casualty of the desert heat. There's going to be a big gap in Norm's Yard and a lesson on the reality of our desert landscape.

    AngelaAug 12, 2014 | Organic Pesticides
    Choosing a method for ridding your garden of an unwanted guest, be it bug or weed, is not always a simple choice. But the more you know, the better it goes. Here's Angela O'Callaghan

    NormJul 28, 2014 | Lose that Lawn
    We know, it's a desert out there including every place there's a lawn. Norm Schilling reminds us all the ways he wants you to consider losing the lawn... permanently.

    AngelaJul 14, 2014 | Protect Fruit Trees from Birds
    If you put a good deal of care into growing fruit trees, there are likely some birds who will take advantage of your effort. Here's Angela O'Callaghan.

    NormJul 10, 2014 | Palm Care, Part 2
    To keep, or not to keep. Norm Schilling ponders his palm trees, on this edition of Desert Bloom.

    NormJun 10, 2014 | Palm Care
    Norm Schilling has mixed feelings about how we use Palms in our yards. Full grown palm trees transplanted into the entry way of a mall is a common sight that tells Southern Nevadan's "something" is nearly open for business. He reminds us that those palms come with challenges.

    AngelaJun 3, 2014 | Hot Weather Plants
    As temperatures across the Valley begin to climb, you might be wondering what will survive in your garden in the months ahead and what probably won't. There are some 'sweet' options. Here's Angela O'Callaghan

    NormMay 20, 2014 | Desert Color
    Norm Schilling just got back from Belize and has some ideas for lush leaves in your desert yard. He reflects on some well suited plants to provide color and variety in this edition of Desert Bloom.

    AngelaMay 6, 2014 | Emerald Ash Borer
    Raising a healthy shade tree in the Mojave is not always easy. And if one particular insect makes its way here, it could get even harder. Here's Angela O'Callaghan with Desert Bloom.

    NormApr 22, 2014 | The Right Plants
    Our current warm spell gives the impression that some plants can thrive when they aren't really suited to our desert. Norm Schilling has some examples.

    NormMar 24, 2014 | Spring Garden Party
    Spring is here and the garden is blooming . . . so invite some friends to enjoy the rewards of gardening!

    AngelaMar 10, 2014 | Lady Banks
    If you love roses, but don't care for thorns, you may want to call on 'Lady Banks.' Here's Angela O'Callaghan with Desert Bloom.

    NormFeb 26, 2014 | Signs of Spring
    It may be February, but if you are paying attention, signs of Spring are visible. Dwarf peach and Mexican plum trees are in bloom. Vibrant Red Spraxis can be seen among the falling Almond blossom. Watch gardening expert Norm Schilling transplant an offshoot. Check out the slide show of photos taken from his backyard.

    AngelaFeb 18, 2014 | Mulch is for Winter
    Rewards for using mulch in your landscape can be had year-round. Mulch is about mulch more than just "good looks" according to Angela O' Callaghan. In any climate, and certainly in a desert, mulch is an ecologically sound way to conserve our limited soil moisture and to control weeds.

    NormFeb 4, 2014 | Investing for Spring
    Temperatures are scheduled to stay cool this week, but Norm Schilling finds his yard is ready for Spring. He reflects on techniques to keep older trees healthy even as the surrounding yard may change. Bigger, older trees may need more water.

    AngelaJan 13, 2014 | Freezing Temps
    If your garden looks like it's been zapped by Jack Frost, there's still a chance that all is not lost. Delicate desert plants can suffer chill damage even when the temperature stays above freezing. Well-established plants should survive.

    NormDec 31, 2013 | Leave the Leaves
    Just because most of the leaves have fallen from the trees, it doesn't mean you have to rake them all up. Norm Schilling says it's better to use the leaves as mulch to protect the plants and make rich soil. Some woody plants can be pruned now, while others should wait another month or two.

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