Inland Northwest, High Desert
Tree Selection Guides
Twin Falls, Pocatello, and Boise all have Tree Selection Guides available through their Tree Commissions or Departments of Parks and Recreation. These large, paperback books are packed with information on recommended trees -- listed by size -- for your area. There are detailed drawings of each tree, mature growth expected, form, fall color, seeds, and flowers. The descriptive text includes characteristics, growing conditions favored, which diseases and insects to watch out for, if any, and specific varieties that work best.
The Twin Falls Tree Commission can be reached at (208) 736-2265. Their Selection Guide gives appropriate recommendations for trees across the Intermountain West.
Keep Off the Grass
We've had a lot of wetness falling from the sky, and it has obligingly soaked into the ground. That's part of Nature's plan. She adds water and air to the soil to prepare it for the coming spring with rain and snow, then a freeze/thaw cycle that heaves the soil up and down, adding air. Stay on the garden path if you must be out these lovely late January days. Otherwise, you'll squish all the air out of your soil, leaving it much like concrete.