Western Mountains and High Plains

May, 2011
Regional Report

Speed up Melons and Pumpkins

Start seeds indoors, under plant lights or in a sunny window, of watermelon, cantaloupe, summer and winter squash and cucumbers. They will be ready to transplant into the outdoor garden by the end of this month or the first of June.

Attract Birds

Encourage colorful birds to your garden and landscape by supplying a source of water and seed. Bird baths should be placed in a sunny spot that is protected from wind and away from the bird feeders. Clean bird baths weekly to prevent scum and stagnant water.

Prevent Wormy Apples

The larval stage of codling moth is the "worm" commonly found in apples and pears. One effective control is to thin the fruit. Putting space between each apple so they don't touch will help reduce the problem. Summer horticultural oil applied every ten days after blossom drop provides moderate control. Don't apply during the bloom period or you will kill beneficial pollinators.

Tidy up Bulb Garden

Remove the dead flowers from daffodils, tulips, and other spring flowering bulbs. Do not remove the foliage, however, as it is needed to strengthen the bulbs. Wait until the leaves have naturally died down before removing foliage.

Divide Summer and Fall Flowering Plants

Late summer and fall flowering perennials, including phlox, asters, chrysanthemums, yarrow, and helianthus, can still be divided and transplanted. Divide older clumps and reset the vigorous outer portions of the plant. Recycle the inner portions into the compost pile.

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