Western Mountains and High Plains

March, 2008
Regional Report

Plant Bare-Root Trees, Shrubs, Fruits, Perennials

Take advantage of the cooler weather and spring rains and plant bare-root nursery plants. Small fruit trees, brambles, strawberries, perennial asparagus and rhubarb, roses, shrubs, and trees can be purchased now at reasonable prices. Soak the roots for a few hours prior to planting.

Make a Plan for the Vegetable Garden

If you had disease problems in the vegetable garden, lay out a plan so that you rotate old planting sites. This will prevent the spread of diseases that often spread in the soil. Don't plant closely-related varieties in the same area where they grew last year.

Prune Oystershell Scale-Infested Stems

If your lilacs have heavy infestations of oystershell scale, cut out the insect-ridden stems or branches. It is one of the best ways to reduce a severe outbreak and kill these pesky critters. Dormant oils can help, but you must time the oil spray when they just begin to hatch.

Have Large Pots Handy

It's not uncommon for us to get unexpected hard frosts and heavy, wet snows in early spring, just when the early daffodils and tulips are out. Use oversized pots to cover the blooming bulbs to protect them from the cold.

Deter Night Crawlers

If you're tired of the bumpy mounds created by night crawlers, get your lawn core aerated. This mechanical aeration will keep these colossal earthworms from causing so much nuisance. If you like, top-dress the lawn after aeration with a finely ground compost.

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