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A Guide to Tucson's Spring Planting Season




If you have a brown thumb like me, you may be intimidated to get out into your yard and do some gardening! But what better way is there to enjoy Tucson’s gorgeous spring weather, get a little fresh air, and up your curb appeal? Here are some tips for spring planting so you don’t have to be afraid.

  1. Choose plants that are suited for our region. Make sure to look for plants that are drought-tolerant and can withstand Arizona’s extreme temperatures.

  2. Plant in the early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler.

  3. Plant in well-draining soil. Amend the soil with compost to help retain moisture and add nutrients.

  4. Water your plants deeply but infrequently.

  5. Mulch your plants to help retain moisture and reduce weeds.

  6. Be sure to fertilize your plants regularly to promote growth.

If you’re wondering what kinds of things to plant, take a look at this guide from the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences about which flowers to plant throughout the year! As a bonus, it tells you what kinds of birds and butterflies each plant will attract so you can really enjoy your garden as it gets going! You may also want to look into Tucson’s Reclaimed Water program for your irrigation system to save a little money and help the planet too! You can also check out these tips for rainwater harvesting.


The most important thing is to have a little fun and cultivate some beauty! Many people think gardening is relaxing or even therapeutic! Let me know what you think and definitely send me a picture of your beautiful garden! Enjoy!


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