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Mountain West Regional Reports

Mountain West: November Garden To-Do List

Don’t be too tidy with fall cleanup of leaves in the garden. Photo: Mary Ann Newcomer

Use raked, mulched (shredded) leaves as a top dressing for perennial borders and vegetable gardens. Don’t be too tidy about cleanup. Those leaf piles provide winter habitat for some of our most important pollinators.

Install lightweight paper tree-trunk wraps around new trees, such as fruit trees and others planted on the south and west sides of your property. This protects them from dry, cold winters and sudden warm days, which could cause them to split.

Have your pressurized sprinkler system blown out as soon as possible.

Consider leaving a variety of seed heads and seedpods in your garden for fall and winter interest. Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia spp. and cvs., Zones 3–11) seed heads look terrific in floral arrangements too.

fall flower arrangement
Seed heads add texture to fall arrangements. Photo: Jennifer Benner

—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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