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Kids’ dental health improving in Ariz.

Kids’ dental health improving in Ariz. | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease which can cause lasting harm to a child’s health as well as impact their cognitive and social development. This can lead to missed school days, an inability to focus and may cause anxiety or other factors which affect academic success.
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Arizona Gardeners: Scheduling garden and landscape irrigations

Arizona Gardeners: Scheduling garden and landscape irrigations | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
With hot weather temperatures right around the corner, now is a good time to review the basic rules of irrigation.
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PROPOSED MINE NEAR OAK FLAT: Anger, concern running deep

PROPOSED MINE NEAR OAK FLAT: Anger, concern running deep | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Nearly 100 people left Superior High School disappointed and anxious after a long night of grueling questions and harsh realities at a public meeting in April. Many lived nearby and came to tell the Tonto National Forest Service their concerns over a proposed copper mine a few miles away in Oak Flat.
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Arizona Gardeners: Scary arachnids of the desert

Arizona Gardeners: Scary arachnids of the desert | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
With the return of warm weather, we can also expect increased sightings of animals native to the deserts of Central Arizona. Let’s take a look at four desert arachnids, all spider relatives, whose very names create feelings of concern and even fear in the minds of those who come in contact with them.  
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Arizona Gardeners: Follow these tips when growing citrus trees in Pinal County

By now most citrus trees in the area have set a healthy supply of newly developing fruit that later in the season should bring a tasty treat to all who love a good-tasting sweet orange or tart lemon. If you have a tree of bearing age, check the tips of the branches.  You should be able to find the little fruit, smaller than marbles, that soon will turn into the fruit we love to eat.
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Arizona Gardeners: Growing tomatoes in Pinal County

For those who crave the taste and texture of a vine-ripe tomato, the planting and growing of tomatoes is serious business. The desert environment, however, is harsh on tomatoes and the outcome of local crops is anything but certain. Here are a few tips to make sure that the vine ripe craving is satisfied.
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Arizona Gardeners: Warm weather brings out scorpions

“Rick!!! We have a visitor.”
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Arizona Gardeners: Microorganisms are silent partners in good gardening

Arizona Gardeners: Microorganisms are silent partners in good gardening | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Have you done anything lately for your friends, the soil microbes?
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Arizona Gardeners: Attracting butterflies to a desert garden

Arizona Gardeners: Attracting butterflies to a desert garden | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Gail Morris is an expert on monarch butterflies, and last Saturday, as a speaker during our annual Pinal County Master Gardener conference, she reaffirmed that you and I can do much to help protect and encourage this wonderful species.
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Arizona mosquitoes capable of transmitting Zika virus

Arizona mosquitoes capable of transmitting Zika virus | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
TUCSON — The mosquito that carries the Zika virus is present in Arizona.
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Arizona Gardeners: Protect fruit tree blossoms to reap best possible yield

Arizona Gardeners: Protect fruit tree blossoms to reap best possible yield | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
If you have a fruit tree of any kind, one of the key management tasks is to protect the blossoms. We reviewed these concepts a couple of years ago but with the warming temperatures, let’s go over them again.
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Arizona Gardeners: Eucalyptus trees in desert areas

Arizona Gardeners: Eucalyptus trees in desert areas | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
If you have a little room in your yard, are looking for a tree that gives filtered shade and want a plant that can get by on just a little water, you might consider one of the various species of eucalyptus. 
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Making sure food from your garden is safe to consume

Making sure food from your garden is safe to consume | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Gardening delivers produce that is tastier, cheaper and safer than store-bought, right? Well, not necessarily safer.
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Arizona Gardeners: Understanding the giant saguaro and keeping it healthy

Arizona Gardeners: Understanding the giant saguaro and keeping it healthy | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
There have been a number of questions recently about the saguaro cactus and some of the problems that can affect the health of this interesting plant. 
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Kids’ dental health improving in Arizona

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FLORENCE — Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease and can cause lasting harm to a child’s health as well as impact cognitive and social development. That can lead to missed school days, an inability to focus and may cause anxiety or other factors that affect academic success.
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Arizona Gardeners: Get carbon to nitrogen ratio right

Arizona Gardeners: Get carbon to nitrogen ratio right | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
If you are using compost or other shredded bits of plant debris to build the soil in your garden, it is important to understand and properly manage the carbon-to-nitrogen ratio.
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Arizona Gardeners: Soil compaction in Arizona desert offers challenges to plants

Soil compaction is a major reason that some trees and shrubs struggle to survive in the desert regions of Arizona.
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Meetings and Events, 3/18/16

Meetings/Events is a free community listing. Items are edited for length, style and clarity and are placed as space permits. Please include a contact number should further clarification be needed before publication. Submission deadline is three days before the meeting or event and at least two days before publication. Submissions are not taken over the phone. Items can be submitted to events@trivalleycentral.com, faxed to 836-0343 or brought into the Dispatch office at 200 W. Second St.
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Arizona Gardeners: Follow tips for healthy, successful trees and shrubs

Arizona Gardeners: Follow tips for healthy, successful trees and shrubs | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Many trees and shrubs in Pinal County are showing signs of decline. The reasons for this are many but proper care instead of neglect will go a long ways in helping these valuable landscape plants stay healthy throughout their lives.
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Around Town, 3/3/16

Around Town, 3/3/16 | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
 Florence football fundraiser
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Arizona Gardeners: Now is the right time to transplant tomato seedlings

Arizona Gardeners: Now is the right time to transplant tomato seedlings | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
Mid-February is an excellent time to transplant tomato seedlings for an early summer harvest.  
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Arizona mosquitoes could transmit Zika

Arizona mosquitoes could transmit Zika | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
TUCSON — The mosquito that carries the Zika virus is present in Arizona.
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Arizona Gardeners - Plant propagation: Making new plants from cuttings

Arizona Gardeners - Plant propagation: Making new plants from cuttings | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
If you have a favorite grapevine or blackberry and wish you had a few more, early February is an ideal time to make new plants from cuttings.
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Arizona Gardeners: How much should I water during winter months?

Arizona Gardeners: How much should I water during winter months? | CALS in the News | Scoop.it
With the rains that have fallen so far this winter, how often should trees, shrubs and lawns be irrigated?
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