Western Mountains and High Plains

August, 2008
Regional Report

Web Finds

CSU Turfgrass
Everything you need to know about lawns within our Rocky Mountain area can be found on this CSU Turf Program Web site. You can access a lot of information -- from basic lawn care, lawn weed control, and disease and insect management -- to help keep your outdoor green carpet green and healthy.

Favorite or New Plant

Fall-Flowering Colchicum
With the right planning, your late-summer and autumn garden can be highlighted by the spectacular late-blooming colchicums (Colchicum spp.), members of the lily family. A single bulb can produce bunches of trumpet-like blooms in lavender or pink to accent a silvery ground cover of santolina or dusty miller. The foliage grows in the spring and early summer, and then dies back. Plant the bulbs now when they are available in the garden center; some may be in bloom in the bins. They do best in well-drained soil and full sun to part shade.

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