Western Mountains and High Plains

June, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Healthy Lawns and Healthy Lakes

National News

Runoff containing the nutrient phosphorus from fertilizer use is a big contributor to algal blooms and the resulting oxygen depletion in many lakes, rivers and streams. As a result, some states...

Bizarre, Incredible and Beautiful

From pollen to seeds to fruits, you'll see the intricacies of plant reproduction in a whole new way as you peruse the fantastic photographic images in The Bizarre and Incredible World of Plants...

The Best Veronicas

There is an incredible variety of speedwells ( Veronica ) for a gardener to choose from, with new offerings from breeders every year. How to choose from among all this horticultural largesse? The...

Invasion of the Emerald Ash Borer

The emerald ash borer is a beetle native to Asia that was accidentally introduced into the U.S. less than a decade ago. It is thought to have arrived in wooden packing materials brought in by ship...

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In the Garden


Encourage Beneficial Insects to Your Garden

As the garden season progresses, it is inevitable that pests will soon visit. My honeysuckle vine is already being invaded by aphids. They cluster in masses on the new flower buds and start to exude sticky honeydew on the leaves below. But not to worry,...
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The Insect World A fun summertime activity for kids is bug hunting, which brings on a variety of questions that...

Favorite or New Plant

Scotch Broom The bright golden-yellow blossoms of the Scotch broom ( Cytisus scoparius ) are pea-like and...
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Regional Reminders

  • Keep mosquitoes at bay
  • Change birdbath water regularly
  • Seed warm-season grasses
  • Add fall color now
  • Keep roses fed

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