Western Mountains and High Plains

September, 2012
Regional Report

Plant Tulip Bulbs

Now is the time to purchase and plant tulips. Shop early to get the best selection. Choose large, firm bulbs that are free of blemishes, cuts, and mold. The larger the bulb, the larger the bloom will be.

Dig Overcrowded Tulips

If the blooms from your tulip bulbs has started to decrease over time, overcrowding is likely the problem. You will notice lots of narrow green leaves and very few flowers. Dig the bulbs carefully with a spading fork, fortify the soil with compost and fertilizer, then separate and replant the bulbs in a sunny location.

Plant Groundcovers

For hard-to-mow areas, spots too shady for lawn grass, or hard-to-water places, i.e. in shade, under trees, on steep slopes, or narrow "hell" strips, plant suitable groundcovers. These can also be planted over spring bulbs to camouflage the fading foliage after the bulbs have bloomed.

Control Perennial Weeds

Difficult weeds, including Canada thistle and field bindweed, are effectively controlled with spot-treatment with a systemic herbicide in late summer and early fall. Read and follow all label directions and precautions carefully when using any herbicide.

Repair Tired Lawns

Cooler weather and shorter days make it the ideal time to repair thin or dead areas in the lawn. Sow fresh seed or lay sod. Be sure to add some compost to the areas where new grass will be planted. Water daily or as needed to ensure good germination and root growth.

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