Western Mountains and High Plains

May, 2008
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Spotted Deadnettle
Despite its itchy name, the spotted deadnettle is a charming ground cover for shady areas and the woodland garden. Botanically known as Lamium maculatum, this perennial performs admirably in shade. It is available in various varieties with short spikes of white or pink hooded flowers that grow 8 to 12 inches above the variegated foliage. 'White Nancy' has handsome silvery leaves with narrow margins of green. Flowers are bright white.

Clever Gardening Technique

Clear Up Doggy Spots in the Lawn
Try this homemade remedy on your lawn to dilute the high salt content and ammonia from dog spots. Mix 1 cup baby shampoo and 1 cup hydrogen peroxide to 5 gallons of water. Use a quart or so on each dog spot that you find in your lawn. It is perfectly safe and mild for lawn grasses and the soil. I've found it helpful to core-aerate the dog spots before you apply this solution. The grass will soon start to grow back and fill in.

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