Garden Sage also weighs in about an interesting fungi and a potentially edible weeds.
Peter Warren gets to the root of several tree complaints.
Q: One of my triple totem pole plants has a vertical crack. I wonder if this could be from overwatering? I followed instructions when I planted it in May and did not water it for six weeks. Then we had quite a bit of rain this summer. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
Q: I saw your newspaper column and wondered if you could help me. A year ago I lost a grapefruit tree. It started with one branch rotting and continued to the trunk of the tree. Now the back branches on my two citrus trees are rotting away. First the bark starts to peel away and then the bra…
Since the berries of true mistletoes mature in winter, they are an important food source for many birds.
Q: I have a weed I am trying to identify. It has beautiful yellow flowers with five petals and is growing along the ground in my driveway. Any ideas?
Garden Sage tackles tree problems, pomegranates in particular.
Watering your plants less will help manage them.
What to do when white grubs are killing your potted plants.
Garden Sage: Desert plants can be unintended hosts.
Watch where you step - there are up to 60 species of scorpions in Arizona.
That yellow wasp drinking from your pool help keeps caterpillars from your garden.
Got mosquitoes? Garden Sage gives tips on how to protect yourself.
Beware the striped cucumber beetle, he can do a number on your veggies.
Also, tips on trimming trees and using coffee as compost.
Thrips are tiny insects that disfigure citrus leaves by feeding on new growth.
Garden Sage fields questions about butterflies, humic acid and selecting trees to save energy.
Verdin probably not the culprits behind damaged tomatoes.
There are subtle ways to identify these insects.
Bordered plant bugs may look threatening but do little damage.
Ants, giant mesquite bugs and a stick-like flower.
Peter Warren fields questions about Moringa trees, a tarantula rescue and more.
Screwbean mesquite pods are tasty and might make nice jewelry.
A desert-dwelling beetle is known for its boring activity
Growing fava beans, trimming bird of paradise and watering mature citrus trees
I am finding kissing bugs in my house. Is there any way to prevent them from getting in and biting us?
This is the debut of a gardening column that will appear twice a month in the Star’s Home + Life section.