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Gardening mom would love gift of your help

Q: Mom gardens all the time and has just about everything she can possibly use to work “her world”! Since it’s Mother’s Day what can I give her to use in the garden? – G.A., Albuquerque

A: The finest thing you can give your Earth-tending mom would be you! Offer your time and younger, stronger back to assist in the keeping of “her world.” To have you laboring near her on a weekly, perhaps monthly basis, would gladden her heart and make her chores easier.

It’s a lot of work to keep an area maintained but so worth it in the long run.

If “you” aren’t the ticket and there’s space to be utilized in “her world” consider a rose bush. Roses are one of the easiest, sturdiest things to grow in this clime. With the variety of choices available you can find a rose that could offer things like bushes having gobs of flowers, heavy or light fragrance, or one that wears her favorite color with its flowers!

The best thing about planting a rose is the bloom will last far longer than a bouquet of cut flowers. She’ll have a living reminder of you for years to come, so that’s a good thing. Then if you help plant – that’d be a win-win for the both of you!

Better yet, take Mom to a nursery and let her find something special. Perhaps a nifty pot or a new tool she can use, again reminding her of your wanting to be in “her world.” However you choose to celebrate Mom know that giving yourself would be the finest gift you can offer! Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there!

Q: With the “active drought” we’re having I’m worried for the two Italian Cypress trees in my neighbor’s yard. I never see them being watered or cared about in the least. I know water is precious but why doesn’t my neighbor get it that his trees need water? C.H., Albuquerque

A: My first thought is … could you sneakily water your neighbor’s trees? I know that’s jacked up, you’re paying for the water and time to tend these guys but if they are under pressure you could be their lifeline!

Without being judgmental perhaps bring up the subject that you’re “worried” for the trees. This might be a case of new home ownership and having a new landscape to tend and the responsibly hasn’t dawned on him yet. There could be a myriad of reasons the trees aren’t being cared for.

Like you, I’m worried about the “state of our trees.” I’ve received several letters and emails that echo your concern. Our trees are in trouble! Yes, we’re in an active drought, but the consequences of not having thriving trees in our community are dreadful. The benefits offered by healthy trees are enormous. Think about it.

First a healthy tree is far less likely to be taken down by strong winds preventing damage to buildings (like your home) or vehicles parked in the same area. Heaven forbid a person be caught by a tree being downed!

Second, trees make oxygen. Can you say that? No! They assist in the filtration of our air, make cooling shade, and homes for wildlife. Talk about being multi-talented! Trees are the bomb!!

I know, too, that making people water their trees by mandate will never happen and shouldn’t. It just makes so much common sense to have trees in a community. Did you know that it’s known to be fact that places that have a healthy tree population are safer and healthier? I can’t say enough about trees and could easily get caustic when discussing the ill-treatment of far too many trees in this place but will ask that everyone here step up and take care of the trees. They need us as much as we need them!

Take care of your trees, and perhaps offer a helping hand to your neighbors’ trees, when you’re out there Diggin’ In!

Need tips on growing your garden? Tracey Fitzgibbon is a certified nurseryman. Send your garden-related questions to Digging In, Albuquerque Journal, P.O. Drawer J, Albuquerque, NM 87103, or to




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