Western Mountains and High Plains

August, 2006
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Unusual Variegated Spurge

National News

Variegated plants are hot, but sometimes they can be finicky to grow. The new variegated-leaved spurge sets a new standard, with its unique shape and interesting flowers combined with drought...

Plant Misting Made Easy

During the hot days of summer, plants benefit from a misting of cool water, just like we do. The Plant Mister makes spritzing plants a breeze. It’s ideal for misting outdoor or indoor plants to...

A Quicker, Cleaner Oil Change

It's recommended that homeowners change the oil in lawn mowers, tillers, and tractors at least once during the growing season. Changing the oil regularly prevents engine overheating and wear,...

Using Willows to Root Roses

Late summer is the perfect time to take softwood cuttings of roses and other woody shrubs to create new plants for spring. While the timing and technique is important when propagating woody shrubs...

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In the Garden


Bug Watching and Sensible Controls

Summer is a time of beauty and wonder in the yard and garden. It is one of the best times to observe nature in action. Having a background in entomology, I enjoy watching the insect life in the landscape. Just this past week, while sitting on the...
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Web Finds

Singing Insects of North America Learn more about the habits of insects and why they do what they do. At this Singing Insects...

Favorite or New Plant

Rose-of-Sharon When color is lacking in the summer garden, look to the Rose-of-Sharon ( Althea 'Hibiscus...
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Regional Reminders

  • Dig Out Annual Weedy Grasses
  • Remove Suckers
  • Keep Noxious Weeds From Seeding
  • Sharpen Lawn Mower Blade
  • Collect Night Crawlers

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