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Spanish lavender handles heat better than other types

Q: I planted a sweet lavender plant last year and it grew great until this August and then suddenly died. It was getting about 2 gallons per watering via two emitters. I would like to replace it with another lavender. It gets morning sun and afternoon shade. What variety of lavender would you recommend we try?

Trim dead branches of lemon tree to desired look

Branch dieback in citrus, particularly lemon, is very confusing. Most likely it is a disease issue called “shoot and twig dieback” of citrus.

Problem with flickering fluorescent light could be ballast

Q: My home is about 20 years old. My problem is with the lights in the kitchen. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t. When I turn on the switch, the light flickers or just partially lights. I have replaced the fluorescent tubes, but they still don’t work properly. What should I do?

Citrus can have problems growing in the desert

This is the Mojave Desert. Las Vegas and the high or middle deserts can have cold winters, unexpected early spring frosts and winds. Depending on the type of citrus, fruit trees can survive cold temperatures ranging from the mid to low 20s all the way to no freeze at all.

Help your trees transition to autumn

Irrigation, fertilization and pruning are important elements for your trees’ good health.

Water less often to determine if plants are xeric

One way to find out if an unnamed plant is xeric is to water it less often during the cooler months. If it starts looking bad to your eyes or dies, then it is most likely not xeric.