Western Mountains and High Plains

January, 2012
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Among my favorite xeric landscape plants is fernbush (Chamaebatiaria millefolium), which resists browsing from critters. A small shrub reaching 3-5 feet tall, it grows well in clay or sandy soils. The lacy foliage is aromatic, which helps to make it deer resistant. It bears showy white flowers in midsummer.

Clever Gardening Technique

Use Sticky Traps to Control Fungus Gnats
Place yellow sticky traps near susceptible houseplants to monitor the gnat population and trap flying adults. Check the traps every three or four days, as eggs hatch every four to six days and there are many overlapping generations throughout the year. Replace traps when they become covered with insects.

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