Western Mountains and High Plains

July, 2010
Regional Report

Spot-Aerate Dry Spots

If you have brown spots in your lawn caused from soil compaction and drought, use a step-on aerator to break through the hard soil layer and through any thatch. This spot-aeration will allow water and air to get to the roots and make the grass start to grow again.

Harvest Zucchini Frequently

Keep your zucchini and other summer squash producing by harvesting the young squash every few days or as soon as they are 6 to 7 inches. This will encourage the plant to produce more blooms and more squash. Small squash are more tender and don't have hard seeds.

Freshen Up Container Gardens

As your container gardens begin to wane in the heat of summer, take out old, weak plants and replace with new ones. You can find fresh annuals on sale at many garden stores. This will perk up your container gardens and extend the blooming period.

Continue to Deadhead Perennials

Cut spent flowers from perennials to tidy up the garden and prolong bloom time. If you didn't apply a time-release fertilizer, apply a granular, organic 5-10-5 fertilizer and water in. This will keep the plants growing vigorously throughout the remainder of the summer.

Plant more Cool-Season Vegetables

It's time to plant a second crop of cool season vegetables. You can plant broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower transplants for a fall crop. Give the vegetable garden at least 1 inch of water per week during the heat of summer, and particularly during drought periods. Apply organic mulch around vegetables to maintain uniform moisture and prevent weeds.

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