Western Mountains and High Plains
Trying to maintain the best lawn on the block doesn't mean treatment with the strongest pesticides. Simple lawn management principles can provide the best prevention for diseases and pests. Find great resources on lawn care, fact sheets, and other tips on growing lawns from this Colorado State University Turfgrass Web site.
Favorite or New Plant
One of the highlights of the perennial garden is the blooming of the lupines. The tall, upright flower stalks come in a variety of colors that draw the attention of the bumble bees. The hybrids offered today come in solid and bicolors to add interest to any garden. Just remember to plant in a compost-enriched soil that is well drained. Deadhead old flower spikes to encourage more blooms later into the season. For the aphids: invite more ladybugs into the garden or wash off these pests as soon as they appear.