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Hydrangeas will survive here if you shade them

By Dennis Hill

I have an area that is in partial shade that I’m doing in bushes rather than a fence to separate a gravel area from the lawn. I’m thinking about putting some hydrangeas in the area. Are hydrangeas good here? I loved them where we ...


Mesa County working to get rid of noxious weeds

By Erin McIntyre

There’s a reason spurge rhymes with scourge. As in, the scourge of your existence. Myrtle spurge is one of three noxious weeds at the top of the “most wanted” list in Mesa County, and if Teresa Nees has her way, not a ...


Some favorites to consider for areas where it’s hard to grow

By Dennis Hill

I have a strip of dirt about 4-feet wide on the southeast side of my deck. Grass doesn’t do well there (I’ve replanted twice). The strip is shaded most of the day by plums and pecan trees, but gets two to three hours of blistering ...


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Arcieri family continues flower tradition on Orchard Mesa farm

By Erin McIntyre

These hands bear the evidence of hard work. These hands are cracked at the fingertips — they are tiny fissures that sting and don’t quite heal in the wet weather, but the work has to be done now and they just keep doing it. These ...


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Tomato tale: Follow these tomatoes from seed to dinner plate

By Melinda Mawdsley

Tomato grower Blaine Diffendaffer tastes his fruit to ensure quality, but he doesn’t really like tomatoes. When he was younger and had to weed the family garden, he avoided the tomato plants if possible because of their off-putting ...


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Hoophouses save the garden from havoc

By Erin McIntyre

There is nothing more frustrating than working hard on your garden, only to discover that something came in the night and ruined everything. I’m looking at you, stupid deer. Yeah, they’re kind of cute from far away, but boy, are ...


Any idea what these volunteer plants coming up in yard are?

By Dennis Hill

I have some volunteer plants coming up in the yard and want to know what they are. My husband insists it’s an evergreen of some sort and wants me to keep them, but as they get bigger, they develop stickers on the branches. Do you have ...


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It’s better to thin garden than leave it alone

By Erin McIntyre

One of the hardest things about gardening, for me, is forcing myself to decide what stays or goes. Sometimes Mother Nature does it for me, and I’m grateful. But other times, I have to make the decision in order to have a stronger ...


Drip, May 2, 2015

By Special to the Sentinel

WATER TIP Turn off your sprinklers on windy days — Don’t water your lawn on windy days as wind tends to blow the water to sidewalks, streets and other areas not needing irrigation. In addition, depending on what type of sprinkler ...


Some ways to get rid of the grasshoppers

By Dennis Hill

We have a huge flush of young grasshoppers in our yard. What can we do to control these guys, while going easy on the ladybugs? — Chip You’re smart to start working on controlling grasshoppers early since they only get harder to ...


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