Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Western Mountains and High Plains

August, 2006
Regional Report

Dig Out Annual Weedy Grasses

Take a few minutes to dig out the annual weedy grasses, including crabgrass, goose grass, and foxtails. By doing this you can prevent them from dispersing their seeds into the yard this fall. This will reduce the weed invasion next season.

Remove Suckers

Prune out suckers from the base of trees. These can draw energy from a tree and attract an array of insects. Woolly aphids love to feed and breed on the fast-growing suckers. Dispose of the suckers in a garbage bag.

Keep Noxious Weeds From Seeding

Many perennial weeds, such as Canada thistle and bindweed, are actually noxious and illegal in most areas. However, these pests will escape and continue to spread by seeds and underground roots. Now is one of the best times to eliminate these perennials before they go to seed. If you use an herbicide, read and follow label directions.

Sharpen Lawn Mower Blade

When your lawn has "white tipping" on the leaf blades, it's a good indication that the mower blade is getting dull. Instead of making a clean, even cut, it frays the top of the grass blade. Carefully remove the mower blade and get it sharpened.

Collect Night Crawlers

If your lawn is invaded by night crawlers, it's a sign that your soil is healthy. These creatures are naturally cultivating the soil. Reduce the bumpiness by having the lawn core-aerated, and topdress with a fine compost. Also get out at dusk and catch night crawlers for fishing bait. Sell them for a nickel apiece to your fishing friends.


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