We may still be in winter, but spring and summer will be here before you know it. Getting a jump start on your landscape at this time of year, can help you a lot down the road.
There’s no need to water this month because the greater Albuquerque area received enough precipitation in the month of January to meet our plants’ water needs.
A basic rule for watering during winter months: If it has rained more than ½ inch (or snowed more than 6 inches) in the last 4 weeks, then there is no need to water.
Plant of the month
Escarpment Live Oak is surprisingly well-adapted to life in the Albuquerque area.
Native from Texas and Oklahoma into the mountains of northern Mexico, this long-lived tree is among the few broad-leafed evergreens.
It provides cover and nesting sites for birds and mammals, and its elongated acorns offer a food source for a variety of wildlife.
Water deeply a few times each month to help protect against live oak wilt and live oak decline, to which the tree is most susceptible when stressed by drought.
Plant a fruit tree and if you have one already make sure to care for it by properly pruning to keep tree healthy. Prepare for weeds taking over your landscape this year.
There are two times a year in the greater Albuquerque area when weeds can take over yards and get out of hand. This happens typically in early spring after a wet winter and after a wet monsoon season in late summer.
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