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Mountain West Regional Reports

Mountain West: December Garden To-Do List

Add bay laurel and evergreen clippings to create a wintery container or cut arrangement. Photo: Brittany Carlson

Create a winter-themed holiday display. After Thanksgiving, snip some bay laurel (Laurus nobilis, Zones 8–11) branches and tuck them into the container arrangements. Include cuttings of evergreens and conifers as well. These can be as elaborate or simple as fits your style.

Order great gardening gifts such as tools, books and Fine Gardening subscriptions for your best garden buddies. Shop for a new garden journal, notebook, or clipboard for yourself.

Tackle the snow. If the snow load looks heavy, shake some of it off with a broom to prevent tree or shrub damage. Now would also be an excellent time to stock up on ice melt and buy a new snow shovel, if you haven’t already.

snow on trees
Remove heavy snow from trees and shrubs to prevent damage. Photo: Mary Ann Newcomer

—Mary Ann Newcomer is the author of two books: Rocky Mountain Gardener’s Handbook and Vegetable Gardening in the Mountain States.

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