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Trimming chicken talons in the night

By Erin McIntyre

When we got chickens, I had no idea I’d be giving them pedicures in the middle of the night. But here I was, smuggling them off their roosts in the dark to trim their talons. Chicken-keeping involves distinctly non-glamorous tasks that ...


Good options for alternative to a grass lawn

By Dennis Hill

We need to put in an alternative to grass for the front lawn. Should we come in and talk to someone there? — Monica Of course you can come out and talk to us about it. Most any of the salespeople can help you with this. But ...


Don’t be too concerned by slow green up

By Dennis Hill

We moved into a newly constructed house on Dec. 1 that just had sod installed. Everyone else’s lawn is getting green now except ours. Is there anything we can do to help this new sod along? — Linda The fact that your sod ...


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STAND TALL — Give your trees a good start, plant them correctly

By Erin McIntyre

Bruce Lee is thoroughly enjoying my front yard. Yes, Bruce Lee, my new lacebark pine tree. I name all my trees. It’s a thing. And Bruce Lee is my new tree that kicks serious booty and that’s how he earned his name. We planted ...


You can feed the roses now, but don’t overdo it

By Dennis Hill

I have two rose bushes and would like to know when I should start using rose food. — Deanna You could start any time now. I usually like to wait until irrigation water is available. You need to water in any fertilizer after application ...


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Give castaway furniture a second life, updated look

By Erin McIntyre

They say one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Never could that statement be more true than during Spring Cleanup, the city of Grand Junction’s program that allows residents to put their junk along the street and ...


How to fix a hole after tree removal

By Dennis Hill

Last fall we had a tree removed and the stump ground up. Where the tree was there is a space in the lawn approximately 8 feet by 4 feet that now contains wood chips to a depth of 5 or 6 inches. We would like to put grass in that space. Should ...


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Bee-friendly yard with help of dandelions

By Erin McIntyre

Spring has sprung, and that means the weeds are back in full force. But there is one weed I won’t be yanking out of the lawn this year, or spraying, because I want to encourage some friends who help in my garden. I’m talking ...


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What does your garden grow well? Share your tips!

By Erin McIntyre

My first garden plants of the season are sprouting out of the soil, dotting the ground with vibrant, perfectly shaped leaves. There’s nothing quite like the vibrant green of a radish leaf, poking above the soil surface. The curled fist ...


Pre-emergents can help kill annual weeds

By Dennis Hill

I’ve had a terrible problem with weeds the past few years, and my neighbor said there’s a weed killer I should be using now. What is it and how do I apply it? — Stanley Your neighbor’s probably talking about a ...


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