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It’s best to wait to prune your shrubs

By Dennis Hill

When is the best time to prune golden vicary privet and bridal wreath spirea? The privets are on the south side of the house and have had a rough summer due to heat and drought. We have given them a little extra water. The spireas look great ...

It’s time to bring papyrus plant inside

By Dennis Hill

I have a plant I planted in a pot that I need help identifying. It grows like a reed with dark green stems that are hollow in the middle. The stems are kind of three sided and topped with a thick cluster of green “threads” that ...


Perennial sunflowers brighten up the fall

By Erin McIntyre

Everyone knows that gold is king of fall colors in Colorado. Nothing says autumn like a splash of sunny lemon, just like the hillsides covered with aspen leaves quaking in the breeze. In my yard, the seasons are bookended by an explosion of ...


Planting, watering methods key to new trees

By Dennis Hill

I purchased a flowering pear tree from you, followed all instructions on your handout, and took pictures with each step. I am really worried. I have included three pics I just took of the leaves. When it was delivered, it had several leaves ...

Squishy squash? Water might be your problem

By Dennis Hill

I brought in a crookneck squash to the nursery and explained how half of the squash that started on my plant this season seemed fine, but then the ends turned mushy and completely decayed. Last year, I thought it might be the ants that were ...


Praying mantids prey on smorgasbord of garden insects

By Erin McIntyre

Still as a statue, the mighty ninja awaits its opportunity to pounce. A slow, 180-degree swivel of its triangular head allows her to follow her prey through the jungle of leaves. She keeps her legs folded under her chin, frozen until the ...

Amended soil key to rhubarb

By Dennis Hill

Please give me some guidelines on planting rhubarb. My son has some plants he wants to move. A number of years ago, I planted some new roots and, as I recall, we dug about 2 feet deep and put in a layer of barnyard compost, then dirt, and ...

Mulching too early is a mistake

By Dennis Hill

We have 2-year-old grape, blackberry and raspberry plants in our back yard. Is there anything we should do to prepare them for winter besides mulch the ground around the bottom of the plants? I was thinking about wrapping the bottom of the ...


Plant Select Program can help your yard thrive

By Erin McIntyre

What if there were gardens that have already figured it all out? Places that tried all the different types of flowers you pondered planting in your yard? A kind of test to determine what thrived in the soils and climate of our high desert, to ...

Deadhead roses to bring them back to life

By Dennis Hill

I have a long rose garden with plants that are not blooming. The roses are 5-10 years old, surrounded by rock mulch and the plants look great. What can I do to make them bloom again? — Carol Assuming that these are reblooming roses ...

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