Mountain West Regional Reports

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    Fruiting Shrubs for the Mountain West

    I first became interested in gardening because I wanted to learn to grow food for myself and my family. I started by growing vegetables in a community garden plot. Fast-forward…

  • pine trees infested with pine ips beetles
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    Pest Control for the Mountain West: Ips Beetles

    Many of us who call the Rockies home are familiar with the devastation to our forests by the mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae). Millions of acres of lodgepole pines (Pinus…

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    Mountain West September To-Do List

    Replant containers for fall. As the weather cools, you may choose to add some fall color to your containers. You can empty containers entirely and replant, or leave the foundational…

  • Bitter cherry
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    Plants for Birds in the Mountain West

    As William Cullina mentions in his article on plants for birds, the sad reality is songbirds are disappearing: “Habitat loss, pesticides, and the accompanying decline of insect populations have contributed…

  • magenta coneflowers
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    Perennials for Intense Heat and Sun in the Mountain West

    As we head into the dead heat of summer, parts of the garden can begin looking a little tired. Fortunately, there are several perennials that thrive in the heat and…

  • Palmers penstemon
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    Penstemons Native to the Mountain West

    I recently had the pleasure of taking a road trip across central and southern Colorado and Utah, exploring many of the natural wonders found in those two states. It was…

  • soaker hose drip irrigation
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    The Pros and Cons of Different Irrigation Systems for the Mountain West

    I had my first experience with an irrigation system when I moved to the Mountain West. That was over two decades ago, but who’s counting? I froze my backflow preventer…

  • lawn full of Dog Tuff grass
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    Lawn Alternatives for the Mountain West

    If you’ve looked at current drought maps for the Mountain West, you’ve seen a sea of red, orange, and yellow indicating abnormally dry to severe drought conditions across the region.…

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    Designing a Native Mixed Border in the Mountain West

    Adding native plants in the landscape is a design trend that continues to increase in popularity. For those of us in the Mountain West, this primarily means choosing natives that…

  • Panchito manzanita
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    Low-Growing, Evergreen Shrubs for Dry Shade in the Mountain West

    One of the most challenging areas to landscape is dry shade. Whether under the canopy of trees or the north side of your home, the number of plants that will…