Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Western Mountains and High Plains

March, 2005
Regional Report

Check South and Western Exposures

Without snow cover, the west and south exposures can dry out more quickly. On warm, non-windy days, bring out the hose and frog-eye sprinkler to water dry areas for 10 minutes or so.

Prune Fruit Trees

Now is the time to remove crossing branches and prune both old and new fruit trees to allow more sunlight to reach branches and developing foliage. This will encourage more colorful and sweeter fruit. Don't top the trees when pruning, as this will result in suckers or "witches broom."

Hoe Young Weed Sprouts

Don't let young weeds get a head start in your garden. As soon as you see them start to grow, cultivate or hoe them so they can't get a stronghold in the soil. Deeper-rooted weeds are often more challenging to dig out.

Clean Nesting Boxes

It won't be long before wild birds will be setting up housekeeping. Clean out birdhouses and nesting sites to remove overwintering mites and other pests so the birds can begin to set up quarters to lay their eggs and hatch a brood.

Divide Older Perennials

As perennials get older and begin to become overcrowded, it's time to divide them. Share them with fellow gardeners, and use some to fill out bare spots in your yard. Set the divisions at the same depth they were growing previously.


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