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Time for an extra dose of fertilizer

By Dennis Hill

How late in the fall should I continue to water my lawn, and should I fertilize it now? — Eric Both good questions. As fall comes on and weather starts to cool, you want to start stretching out your waterings. Lots of people just ...


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Shut my mouth! Tomato test a disappointing encounter

By Erin McIntyre

There’s something about pie that makes people happy. Unless you surprise them, and it’s not the kind they expected. Let’s just say my latest experiment in the “how to use up green tomatoes” category didn’t ...


Time for an extra dose of fertilizer

By Dennis Hill

How late in the fall should I continue to water my lawn, and should I fertilize it now? — Eric Both good questions. As fall comes on and weather starts to cool, you want to start stretching out your waterings. Lots of people just let ...


It’s best to wait to prune your shrubs

By Dennis Hill

When is the best time to prune golden vicary privet and bridal wreath spirea? The privets are on the south side of the house and have had a rough summer due to heat and drought. We have given them a little extra water. The spireas look great ...


It’s time to bring papyrus plant inside

By Dennis Hill

I have a plant I planted in a pot that I need help identifying. It grows like a reed with dark green stems that are hollow in the middle. The stems are kind of three sided and topped with a thick cluster of green “threads” that ...


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Perennial sunflowers brighten up the fall

By Erin McIntyre

Everyone knows that gold is king of fall colors in Colorado. Nothing says autumn like a splash of sunny lemon, just like the hillsides covered with aspen leaves quaking in the breeze. In my yard, the seasons are bookended by an explosion of ...


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Planting, watering methods key to new trees

By Dennis Hill

I purchased a flowering pear tree from you, followed all instructions on your handout, and took pictures with each step. I am really worried. I have included three pics I just took of the leaves. When it was delivered, it had several leaves ...


Squishy squash? Water might be your problem

By Dennis Hill

I brought in a crookneck squash to the nursery and explained how half of the squash that started on my plant this season seemed fine, but then the ends turned mushy and completely decayed. Last year, I thought it might be the ants that were ...


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Praying mantids prey on smorgasbord of garden insects

By Erin McIntyre

Still as a statue, the mighty ninja awaits its opportunity to pounce. A slow, 180-degree swivel of its triangular head allows her to follow her prey through the jungle of leaves. She keeps her legs folded under her chin, frozen until the ...


Amended soil key to rhubarb

By Dennis Hill

Please give me some guidelines on planting rhubarb. My son has some plants he wants to move. A number of years ago, I planted some new roots and, as I recall, we dug about 2 feet deep and put in a layer of barnyard compost, then dirt, and ...


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