Western Mountains and High Plains

January, 2006
Regional Report

Water Landscape Plants

It's time to check your landscape for soil moisture, particularly if you live in the plains. There has been plenty of snow in the mountains, but it has been scarce in the foothills and plains. Bring the hose out of storage and do some winter watering when temperatures are 50 or above. You just might hear a sigh of relief from your lawn, trees, and shrubs.

Check Bulbs

If you planted extra spring-flowering bulbs for forcing, check the soil mix for moisture and water. As soon as buds begin to emerge, bring the pots indoors. Keep in a cool, but well lit spot, and watch the beauty unfold for an early spring indoors.

Take a Hike

During the warm, mild days of winter, get outdoors and take a walk or hike. Discover the many plants that add winter interest to the landscape. You can start planning to add some to your landscape this spring.

Cleanup Houseplants

Dust and dander will settle on houseplants, especially if you have a forced-air heating system. So give your plants a bath. On a warm day, take them outdoors and gently wash the foliage, both top and bottom. Or move them into the shower and wash them off, gently wiping the leaves with a damp paper towel. Don't apply leaf shine, which can clog the pores of the leaves.

Get Supplies Ready for Seed Starting

If you plan on growing your own transplants of some annual vegetables and flowers for this year's garden, it's time to gather your supplies. Clean and disinfect recyclable seed trays and pots. Purchase new, pasteurized potting or seed-starting mixes. If you don't have enough natural light for growing seedlings, set up grow lights over the seed-starting bench.

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