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Defending against the ash borer

By Dennis Hill

I have an ash in our front yard that looks diseased. I am wondering if it needs to be taken out, or if the sickly branches could be pruned? It has a lot of bare, dead branches on it and it looks like more are going to die, too. Is there ...


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Wasps on the job

By Erin McIntyre

Not all wasps are jerks. Some of them are good guys, and a particular kind of wasp has joined the ranks of beneficial insects being used to fight noxious weeds in the Grand Valley. Now before you get all worked up over wasps being released ...


Well-drained soil key for fall bulb planting

By Dennis Hill

When do I plant fall bulbs? Do they need to be planted in the ground or can I put them in a plant container outside? — Donna Now is the time to plant fall bulbs. Fall bulbs are those planted in the fall that bloom in the spring. ...


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Tree-of-heaven can make life hell

By Erin McIntyre

Rarely do you find such irony in nature. This so-called Tree-of-heaven, with its invasive nature and pungent stench, makes life hell for some folks who have it growing in their landscape. This tree, with its attractive, glossy leaves, is ...


Be sure plants dormant before pruning

By Dennis Hill

Several years ago we planted Russian sage plants close to front of our house. As pretty as they are, the flowers make a mess in decorative gravel. The plan is to dig them up to plant in the back yard where there is no gravel. We want to ...


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Plants make successful trip from San Diego to GJ

By Erin McIntyre

I like growing souvenirs. And this year, one of my favorite souvenirs of all-time has become a real showstopper in my yard, proving that you can’t really go wrong with a good succulent. Some of the little succulents I brought back from ...


If you don’t like Russian olive, get rid of it

By Dennis Hill

We have a huge Russian olive tree in our backyard. No one has ever said specifically to us that we need to get rid of it, but I have heard people talking about them being a noxious plant or something. Are we supposed to take it out? It does ...


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Who knew white was so difficult a color?

By Erin McIntyre

In the continuing saga of our remodel, I wanted to keep things simple. So I decided to paint the kitchen, dining room and living room white. White is easy, right? I mean, it’s white. It’s not like choosing between hues of yellow ...


Burr oak one of many good options for new trees

By Dennis Hill

Looking ahead to this fall, we want to plant a tree. We were thinking of planting a globe willow but after playing “pick-up sticks” from the neighbor’s tree behind us, we’re thinking that’s not the tree for us. ...


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High-altitude oasis, named for Betty Ford, thrives in Vail

By Erin McIntyre

The combination of intense ultraviolet light, harsh winters, extreme temperature swings and rocky soils doesn’t make growing an alpine garden sound too terribly easy. But guess what? There are plants made for this kind of ...


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