Western Mountains and High Plains

November, 2012
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

2012 Urban Tree of the Year

National News

Generations ago, stately American elms lined the streets in many of our cities and towns, their arching branches creating a canopy of leafy shade. Then imported Dutch elm disease (DED) struck....

Tough Trees for Tough Sites

Trees growing in urban landscapes often have it tough. Compacted soils, reflected heat, planting sites with little soil, lack of water, interference from overhead wires, and lack of maintenance...

Urban Heat Island Effect

Cities are hot places; in fact, they can be islands of heat in the midst of a cooler regional environment. "Urban heat island" is a term that many of us may have heard of, but not fully...

Urban Farming

Trees aren't the only plants to grow in the city. As the interest in healthy eating, local foods, and sustainable agriculture grows, we see not only more and more home food gardening in city...

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In the Garden


The Beauty of Gardening with an Altitude

Autumn in the Rocky Mountain States can be unpredictable, with beautiful, warm days and crispy nights; the next day snow arrives to accent the landscape. It's a subtle reminder to evaluate your garden and make plans for future seasons. As a child...
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Favorite or New Plant

Autumn Crocuses Autumn crocuses appear much like their spring-blooming cousins, but send up blossoms as the chill...

Clever Gardening Technique

Protect Container Plants and Pots Many plants growing in containers cannot withstand severe cold temperatures. Protect the root...
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Regional Reminders

  • Protect Tree Bark
  • Transplant Non-blooming Perennials
  • Avoid Hard Cutting Back
  • Still Time to Plant Spring-blooming Bulbs
  • Dig and Store Dahlias

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