Magazine article Sunset

What to Do in the Rockies November

Magazine article Sunset

What to Do in the Rockies November

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For fresh herbs all winter, grow them from seed or seedlings on a sunny windowsill.

Rose care

To minimize frost damage, Denver area rosarian Joan Franson suggests letting the yard freeze to 22° a few times. Then, on a day when the temperature's above 45o, spray bushes and surrounding ground with an insecticidal-fungicidal soap. Cover crowns with soil from elsewhere in the garden. For more protection, lay evergreen boughs over bushes.

POTTING SOIL

After several years, it decomposes and becomes too fi ne to provide good aeration for potted plants. But it makes a great soil amendment - spread a layer several inches deep over beds, then till it in.

PREVENT DEER AND RODENT DAMAGE

Surround small trees with cages made from fencing wire, and keep fluffy winter mulch like hay, pine needles, or straw at least 12 inches from trunks.

KEEP PLANTING SPRING BULBS

They're often heavily discounted now, and as long as your soil isn't frozen, it's safe to plant them. Choose only firm, healthy bulbs; get them in the ground as soon as possible, and water well after planting.

DAMAGED GRASSES

If ornamentals like blue oat grass, feather reed grass, and miscanthus were left standing and are smashed by snow, trim clumps back to within a few inches of the ground. …

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