Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Western Mountains and High Plains

January, 2010
Regional Report

Plan Your Landscape

Take time to research plants you desire to add to your landscape. You need to know their ultimate height, spread, sun exposure, soil requirements, and their aesthetic characteristics. Make a sketch of your grounds and note exposures. This will help you make the right choices for the right plant in the right place.

Watch for Creepy Crawlers on the Windowsills

Tiny creatures known as clover mites love to congregate on the south and west exposures where it is warm. They can find their way indoors through the smallest openings and become a nuisance. Wash them off the outside of the house with a soapy water spray.

Add More Compost to the Soil

Before you plant the spring vegetable garden, be sure that you've added a good complement of organic compost to the area. I recommend at least 3 cubic yards per thousand square feet. Dig or roto-till to a depth of 6 inches or more.

Store Soil and Fertilizers

If you have open bags of potting soil, fertilizer packages, peat moss, and compost, store them in sturdy plastic trash cans. This will protect them from moisture and prevent them from caking.

Clean Bird Feeders

Keep bird feeders filled with a fresh supply of seed, especially black oil sunflower seed. Clean the feeder every few weeks to prevent the spread of diseases. Keep our feathered friends healthy and happy with a supply of open water, too. Birdbaths can be kept from freezing by placing a birdbath deicer in the water.


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