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Here’s to the good guys, bumble flower beetles

By Erin McIntyre

It was a case of mistaken identity, and now I’m sorry. Just for the record, I never claimed to be an insect expert. My entomological knowledge amounts to knowing certain classes of insects, with the main goal being the ability to ...


‘Rogue’ roses with suckers need pruning persistently

By Dennis Hill

My roses are “going rogue.” Small branches with small leaves are coming up from the base of the plant. I keep cutting them off at the ground, but wonder if that isn’t diminishing the flowering ability and health of the ...


Budworms devour petunia blossoms; spray them frequently

By Dennis Hill

We have a petunia plant that has small worms that eat the blossoms. What suggestion do you have to get rid of such worms? — Maynard What you have is an insect that bothers lots of people throughout western Colorado. It’s called a ...


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Party fit for a chicken

By Erin McIntyre

We’re two years into the backyard chicken experiment and it’s time to pause for reflection. I considered the first-year mark a real milestone, bittersweet with tragedy — we started with six chickens and ended with five. ...


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Yard of the Month, Aug. 22, 2015

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Couple creates garden to attract, help hummingbirds

By Erin McIntyre

Hummingbirds keep a mental map of 5,500 locations of food along their migration route, researchers say. It’s clear that many of them have marked Steve and Debbie Bouricius’ place as a pit stop along their journey. On the edge of ...


Prepping for Round 2 of garden season

By Erin McIntyre

I just picked and ate my first ripe tomato of the season this week. It seems weird to be eating the first of the tomato crop so late in the season, and thinking about planting lettuce simultaneously. But hey, Mother Nature dealt us some ...


Enticing perk of xeriscaping is much less maintenance

By Dennis Hill

I’m wondering about what care I should give plants in our xeriscaped yard. The plants have been in for two years and I trim them in the spring as needed and watch for pests. Everything is growing well. However, I’m wondering if ...


Earwigs: The good, the bad and the ugly

By Erin McIntyre

I have a love-hate relationship with earwigs. OK, who are we kidding? I have a hate-hate relationship with them. It’s complicated. They’re good, but they’re bad. They’re just creepy. Their little burnished red bodies ...


Overwatering, fungus could be the cause of browning lawn

By Dennis Hill

Help, our lawn is looking awful! There are brown patches all over and they seem to be getting worse the past several weeks. What can we do? — Rebecca  Probably what you have going on is a fungus attacking your lawn; there are ...


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