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Purple mustard may be a weed, but it’s a sure sign of spring

By Erin McIntyre

Since I first collected bouquets of purple “flowers” with grubby little-kid fingers, I’ve had a place in my heart for this weed. The harbinger of spring, purple mustard, rings in the season with fields of lilac haze in open ...


It’s time to take the trash test

By Erin McIntyre

Ah, spring. Birds chirping, forsythia bursting into golden bloom, bright green willows leafing out, violent wind ripping shingles off the house, and ... spring cleaning. Where did spring cleaning originate? I suspect it came from a few ...


Options for seeing red all summer long in your yard

By Dennis Hill

I have a space that is shady most of the day where I would like to plant something that has red flowers all summer. Would any of the following work: “Jacob Cline” bee balm, cardinal flower, red columbine, red astilbe, Texas ...


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A taste of 
TULIP FEVER

By Erin McIntyre

KENNETT SQUARE, PA. — I never realized how much I adore tulips until I visited a garden nearly 2,000 miles away. Sure, I’ve grown tulips before, but not tulips like THIS. Velvety tulips, fiery tulips, tulips so frilly you’d ...


Poplar borer can damage structure of aspen trees

By Dennis Hill

Two of our aspen trees aren’t looking very good. There are some small holes in the trunk and there is some stringy stuff coming out. There also is a lot of dark sap oozing as well. It looks like varnish. I’m afraid this is a borer ...


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Alfalfa sprouts are fun, easy to grow

By Erin McIntyre

I’ve finally found something to fill the colossal void of missing out on having a Chia pet as a child. I remember really, really wanting the Chia teddy bear, but it was discontinued when I was in kindergarten. Sure, there was one that ...


Try to ignore bulbs, bulging during spring on aspen trees

By Dennis Hill

I have several bulbs/bulges on my aspen trees branches this spring. I have cut through one, and it looks like an insect is embedded inside. Do you know what they might be? What can be done? — Travis You’re asking a question many ...


Make a plan of attack against weeds

By Erin McIntyre

They’re heeeeeeere. Nope, not the poltergeists inside your fuzzy TV set. Not the aliens waiting to take you to their leader. The weeds are already here, in full-force, and now is your chance to get the upper hand. It’s hard to ...


Spring, access to water make for the perfect time to plant

By Dennis Hill

I am taking out some rock surrounding our yard. We would like to plant grass seed in place of the rock. What time of year is most appropriate to do so? Can we do it this spring? — Brian Spring is a great time to do this. Most people ...


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Drag out the hose, it’s time to water!

By Erin McIntyre

Although we’ve had a pretty wet winter by Grand Valley standards, it doesn’t excuse us from giving our trees and shrubs a drink of water. Now that the snow is all gone, and the tulips are poking their little leaves out of the soil, ...


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