Western Mountains and High Plains

August, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

New Burgundy Contorted Hazelnut

National News

Contorted hazelnut ( Corylus avellana ), or Harry Lauder’s walking stick, is a deciduous shrub known for its interesting, crooked branches that are most evident once the leaves drop. A new variety...

Win A Tiller

Gardeners know the key to success in any garden is healthy soil, and that requires regular additions of organic matter. A tiller can be a valuable tool for incorporating organic matter and other...

A Fountain That Runs on Sunlight

Garden accessories are all the rage, and water features are one of the favorites of home gardeners. Fountains, babbling brooks, and waterfalls are beautiful additions to a garden, but they can be...

No More Front Lawns

In most American households, food gardens are relegated to the back yard. But front-yard vegetable gardens were the norm back in the early 20th century, when yards were used primarily to produce...

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In the Garden


Annual Grasses Invade New and Established Lawns

Goose grass, barnyard grass, foxtail, and crabgrass. As the summer sizzles in record-breaking heat, conditions are ideal for annual grasses like these to invade both new and established lawns. These annual invaders are what they are, ANNUALS: grasses...
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A Biography of Honey If you are a connoisseur of honey like me, you will enjoy Robbing the Bees: A Biography of...

Favorite or New Plant

Blue Mist Spirea Though it is not a true spirea, the arching branches of blue mist spirea ( Caryopteris ) give it...
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Regional Reminders

  • Battle of Tobacco Budworm
  • Mow the Lawn Often
  • Harvest Summer Squash
  • Give Trees a Deep Drink
  • Prune Out Dead Wood

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