Western Mountains and High Plains

October, 2012
Regional Report

Transplant Iris

This is the last call to lift, divide, and transplant crowded iris clumps. Use a spading fork to lift the clumps and separate them into new divisions. Discard the center, hollow portion of the clump and any mushy rhizomes. Add fresh compost to the soil before replanting.

Recycle Fall Leaves

Though the lawn needs less frequent mowing, it's a good idea to mow over the fallen leaves, gathering them into the mower collection bag. This chops them into smaller pieces so when you add them to the compost pile, they will break down more quickly. Plus, it will tidy up the lawn.

Remove Dead Annuals

Pull dead annuals from containers and flowerbeds and replace them with cool-loving pansies, violas, and flowering kale. The burst of color will brighten your garden and containers.

Add Compost

Bare soil where annual flowers and vegetables were removed will benefit from more compost. The organic material improves soil structure and helps replace nutrients. Turn the organic amendments into the soil to a depth of 4 inches or more.

Recycle Coffee Grounds

I like to throw old coffee grounds into the rose garden. They are a good source of organic matter and add some minor nutrients to the soil. You can also add them to the compost pile, scattering them between layers to help feed the microorganisms that breakdown the organic materials.

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