Western Mountains and High Plains

August, 2014
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Tree Check Month for Asian Longhorn Beetles

National News

The Asian longhorn beetle (ALB) is one of the biggest threats to trees in this country. This invasive insect, first discovered in the U.S. in 1996, arrived accidentally from Asia in wood cargo...

Award Winning Veggies

All-America Selections recently announced six 2015 Vegetable Award winners, including Regional and National winners. Three are varieties that will make great fall gardening choices for gardeners...

Busy Bees

Want to know what it's really like to be busy as a bee? Tune into the live bee cam at the People's Garden Apiary located on the roof of the Jamie L. Whitten Building at USDA Headquarters in...

The Best Joe-Pye Weeds

One of the most stunning plants in a late season garden, Joe-Pye weed dazzles with large clusters of pink, purple, or white flowers on plants that can rise as high as 6 or even 8 feet tall. These...

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In the Garden


Summer Lawn Care

Goose grass, barnyard grass, foxtail, and crabgrass. As summer heat sizzles, conditions are ideal for annual grasses like these to invade both new and established lawns. These annual invaders are just that -- grasses that grow in one season, produce...
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Shows & Events

3 1/2 Season Vegetable Garden Do you want to continue to enjoy the bounty from your vegetable garden even as the weather cools...

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

  • Control Tobacco Budworms
  • Harvest Summer Squash
  • Give Trees a Deep Drink
  • Prune Out Dead Wood
  • Sharpen Lawn Mower Blade

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