Western Mountains and High Plains

January, 2008
Regional Report

Check Potted Bulbs

Now is the time to check bulbs you've potted for early forcing. Make sure the soil is kept moist but not soggy. If the pots are full of roots and shoots are beginning to grow, they are ready to be brought into a lighted area to grow flower stalks.

Recycle Christmas Greens

Rather than sending the Christmas tree to the landfill, remove the branches with pruning loppers and lay them over perennial and bulb beds for additional winter protection.

Cutting Back Perennials

As the snow recedes and the weather warms up, trim back perennials to allow for air circulation. Dead foliage and stems can be cut back to just above ground level. This will get you a head start on tidying up the garden.

Sow Pansy Seeds

If you have space in a cool room with a sunny window, sow seeds of pansies and violas. It's a good time to try some of the new selections for the year. Use a pasteurized soil mix and clean seed-starting trays.

Mulch Newly Planted Trees

Drying winter winds and fluctuating temperatures can cause needles of evergreens to turn yellow and brown. To help reduce winter injury, water new plantings monthly and place a layer of mulch over the root zone.

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