Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Western Mountains and High Plains

January, 2014
Regional Report

Invite Overwintering Birds to Your Yard

Attract feathered visitors to your yard by locating bird feeders throughout the landscape. A constant supply of food and water will bring birds all year round. Place feeders near trees and shrubs to offer birds protection from predators.

Check Indoor Plants

Keep your houseplants healthy and happy by periodically checking them for troublesome insect pests. Warm, dry air indoors provides perfect conditions for pests to thrive. Inspect the undersides of leaves, plant stems, and leaf axils. Early pest detection and control can save your plants from severe damage.

Protect Trees with Wraps

Reduce the incidence of sunscald injury to tree trunks by applying a reflective tree wrap. This is especially important for newly planted fruit trees and thin-barked trees, including lindens, locusts, and mountain ash. Wraps prevent the bark from damage caused by heating up during the day, then suddenly turning cold at night when temperatures plummet.

Force Bulbs Indoors

Bring an early spring indoors by forcing spring-flowering bulbs. Paperwhite narcissus are the easiest to start as they don't need precooling. Just plant the bulbs, and they'll be in full bloom in four to six weeks. If you plant tulips, daffodils, and other outdoor types, you'll need to provide about ten weeks of chilling treatment in an unheated garage or crawl space so they'll root properly.

Clean Garden Tools

If you haven't cleaned your garden equipment and tools, take some time now. Remove dirt and rust. Dip tools in a bucket of oily sand or use a rag saturated with some motor oil. This will easily remove rust and soil deposits.


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