Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Western Mountains and High Plains

October, 2006
Regional Report

Remove Dead Annuals

Pull dead annuals from the ground and replace them with cool-loving pansies, violas, and flowering kale. The burst of color will brighten the landscape.

Divide Iris

This is the last call to lift and divide crowded iris clumps. Use a spading fork to lift the clumps and separate them into new divisions. Discard the center hollow or mushy rhizomes. Add fresh compost to the soil where the iris will be relocated.

Mow Leaves

Though the lawn needs less frequent mowing, it's a good idea to mow over the fallen leaves. This will chop them into smaller pieces so when you add them to the compost pile, they will break down more quickly. Plus, it will tidy up the lawn.

Amend the Soil

Bare spots where annuals have been removed will benefit from more compost. The organic material will improve soil structure and help replace nutrients. Turn the organic amendments into the soil to a depth of 4 inches or more.

Recycle Coffee Grounds

Add used coffee grounds to the rose garden. They are a good source of organic matter and add some minor nutrients to the soil. You can also add them to the compost pile, scattering them between layers so they help feed the microorganisms that breakdown the organic materials.


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