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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 ...


Letting the ladybug population live

By Erin McIntyre

It’s time I confessed. And so I will tell you the story of the time I killed some bugs and wasted my money. It was after we bought our house and had a yard of our own for the first time, ever. You know, it was that first summer that we ...

Stress usually a reason for locust borer

By Dennis Hill

Can you tell me what we can use to treat borers in our purple robe locust? For the past two years we’ve used the Bayer Advanced Tree and Shrub, but it does not seem to be working. Our tree has only leafed out about half of what it ...


When the heat is on

By Erin McIntyre

It takes a special kind of plant to thrive in the boiling heat of a western Colorado summer. Hot, dry winds dry out plants fast. By afternoon, many plants are susceptible to wilting. And some plants, if not watered often during this harsh ...

Ash leafcurl aphid is cause of leaf curling

By Staff

We’ve got clumps of curled up leaves at the tips of our ash tree. I was reading a Daily Sentinel article I found online regarding aphids in ash trees because I think I have them. Is this what’s going on, and what do I do about ...

It’s getting hot, but it’s not too late to plant

By Dennis Hill

Well, it’s happened again. With all the cool, rainy weather we had in April and May we didn’t get our flower pots planted. We kept saying “next weekend, next weekend.” Now it’s turning hot, so it’s too late ...


May 2016 Smart Yard winner

By Staff


Swarm season

By Erin McIntyre

Maybe you saw the story last month about the swarm of bees that followed a woman’s car for two days. Although it happened in Wales, this kind of thing could happen anywhere, if you managed to accidentally kidnap a queen honeybee and her ...


CONTROL: Take care of wasp and hornet invasions before it’s too late

By Erin McIntyre

When I was a kid, we could earn extra money in the summertime by killing flies and wasps that came into the house. Each fly was worth a whopping penny. It wasn’t much, but it added up over the summer. My siblings and I kept a tally ...

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