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Let drops fly from the sky, into my bucket

By Erin McIntyre

It seems monsoon season is upon us. Here in western Colorado, anytime we get rain for more than two days in a row, it must be monsoon season. This year, it might bring more dry lightning than rainfall, but still, if precipitation could be on ...


Leafminer cause of elm destruction

By Dennis Hill

I have six very old very large elm trees and the leaves at the bottom are all getting light brown patches. What is this and what can I do about it? — Karol What you have going on is called an elm leafminer. The insect is a small, ...


Take action 
to limit impact of ash borer

By Dennis Hill

I’m hearing so much about this new bug killing all the ash trees over in the Denver area. Is this something we have to worry about here? Is it inevitable that it gets here or is there a way to stop it from spreading to the West Slope? ...


Lawn fungus a common summer problem, with some relatively uncommon solutions

By Staff

This is the time of year for garden and lawn problems to rear their ugly heads. It’s hot, plants are stressed, and chances are, you’ve been busy enjoying the summer. The days of early summer, when gardeners tend every little sprig ...


Tree could be too far gone to save, but try these tips

By Dennis Hill

Our maple tree isn’t doing well; it’s been getting a little worse each year. Right now we have only limited foliage. Many of the leaves are pale looking with many bare branches. Is there anything that I can do to save this tree? ...


Principles go out the window during kitchen remodel

By Erin McIntyre

It’s not for forever. I find myself muttering this phrase more and more these days, in the middle of a kitchen remodel, otherwise known as an affluent kind of hell. This is a very first-world problem to have, a mess from remodeling a ...


Western Colorado Lavender Festival a great place to learn about versatile plant

By Erin McIntyre

Standing in this purple heaven, it’s hard to imagine a place more fragrant, more beautiful, more abuzz with determined activity than a field of lavender. If the underlying hum of bees busy touching every bud of lavender worries you, ...


Pinyon twig beetle could be problem for pine tree

By Dennis Hill

We have a pinyon pine planted about 10–12 years ago. The bottom part turned brown a couple of years ago. We thought it might be the ips beetle and aggressively sprayed for it, which seemed to keep the brown to the bottom and only on one ...


What to do when tree is injured by strong wind

By Dennis Hill

We have a tree that just lost a branch when a gust of wind hit it, and I am not sure how best to treat it. The branch split off and was lying on the ground but still attached to the tree by a strip of wood and bark. We cut the branch off but ...


chamomile tea

Make your own herbal infusions at home

By Erin McIntyre

There’s something about gardening and tea that goes together. Maybe it’s the idea of enjoying a cuppa in an English garden, surrounded by blooms in a refined, elegant experience. Or perhaps it’s the quiet reflection of a ...


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