Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Western Mountains and High Plains

September, 2010
Regional Report

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Cornell Fruit
If you're someone like me who likes to grow tree fruits from yesteryear and today, the website Cornell Fruit is a great resource. You'll find information on varieties, site selection, organic pest management and helpful fact sheets.

Clever Gardening Technique

Latex paint helps reduce sunscald
The trunks of fruit trees are vulnerable to a condition called "sunscald," which splits and cracks the young tender bark. A safe, easy and effective way to prevent this is painting the young trunks with white interior latex paint, which is water-based. The light color of this whitewash reflects the sun's rays and reduces the damage-causing sudden temperature changes that occur in late fall and winter.

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