Western Mountains and High Plains

November, 2009
Regional Report

Prepare Roses

Hybrid, grafted roses will benefit from winter protection. Have a loose, topsoil and compost mixture ready for use as mulch. As soon as the soil freezes, mound a couple of inches of this mixture over the base of the roses where the graft may be exposed. Climbers exposed to southwest winds may need protection with burlap wrapping.

Empty Porous Clay Pots

To prevent clay and concrete pots from freeze and thaw damage, empty them of soil mixture. Decorate these outdoor containers with berried-branches, evergreen cuttings, and pine cones. This will add interest in the garden over the winter

Plant Containerized Bulb Gardens

You still have time to "force" bulbs. Plant bulbs in pots and moisten thoroughly. Store the pots in an old refrigerator, cool window well, or garage. Once the sprouts appear within six to eight weeks, bring indoors for spring blooms.

Wrap Young, Thin-Barked Trees

Thanksgiving marks the time to apply tree wrapping on newly planted and young, thin-barked trees. This procedure will protect them from sunscald injury. Start the wrap at the bottom of the trunk and work your way upwards. Secure the wrap with a piece of electrical tape.

Winterize the Lawnmower

After the last mowing of the season, drain the oil and replace with fresh oil. Drain the gasoline or put a storage additive in the gasoline for the winter. Sharpen the mower blade and clean away any debris. Now you're ready to put the mower to bed until spring.

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