Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Western Mountains and High Plains

January, 2011
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Bristlecone Pine
Bristlecone pine (Pinus aristata) does best in full sun, in well-drained soils, and tolerates windy sites. Avoid planting in areas where the soil doesn't drain well or in lawns that are watered frequently, as these conditions will certainly lead to the death of this native pine. Plant it as a specimen conifer, a backdrop for a perennial garden, or in a rock garden setting. Plant creeping juniper (Juniperus horizontalis) at its feet for an extra special effect.

Clever Gardening Technique

Thaw Ice Safely in Ponds
If your water garden or pond has started to freeze over solid, melt ice slowly. Place a teakettle filled with boiling water on the ice. Hold it in this spot until the ice begins to melt a hole in the ice. The will create an opening in the pond to allow toxic gases to escape.

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