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Letting the ladybug population live

By Erin McIntyre

It’s time I confessed. And so I will tell you the story of the time I killed some bugs and wasted my money. It was after we bought our house and had a yard of our own for the first time, ever. You know, it was that first summer that we ...


Stress usually a reason for locust borer

By Dennis Hill

Can you tell me what we can use to treat borers in our purple robe locust? For the past two years we’ve used the Bayer Advanced Tree and Shrub, but it does not seem to be working. Our tree has only leafed out about half of what it ...


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When the heat is on

By Erin McIntyre

It takes a special kind of plant to thrive in the boiling heat of a western Colorado summer. Hot, dry winds dry out plants fast. By afternoon, many plants are susceptible to wilting. And some plants, if not watered often during this harsh ...


Ash leafcurl aphid is cause of leaf curling

By Staff

We’ve got clumps of curled up leaves at the tips of our ash tree. I was reading a Daily Sentinel article I found online regarding aphids in ash trees because I think I have them. Is this what’s going on, and what do I do about ...


It’s getting hot, but it’s not too late to plant

By Dennis Hill

Well, it’s happened again. With all the cool, rainy weather we had in April and May we didn’t get our flower pots planted. We kept saying “next weekend, next weekend.” Now it’s turning hot, so it’s too late ...


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May 2016 Smart Yard winner

By Staff

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Swarm season

By Erin McIntyre

Maybe you saw the story last month about the swarm of bees that followed a woman’s car for two days. Although it happened in Wales, this kind of thing could happen anywhere, if you managed to accidentally kidnap a queen honeybee and her ...


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CREATURE 
CONTROL: Take care of wasp and hornet invasions before it’s too late

By Erin McIntyre

When I was a kid, we could earn extra money in the summertime by killing flies and wasps that came into the house. Each fly was worth a whopping penny. It wasn’t much, but it added up over the summer. My siblings and I kept a tally ...


Dig a hole if you want to tell if plant is getting water

By Dennis Hill

Please settle a disagreement between me and my husband. The little crabapple tree we planted last year is looking pretty sad with lots of yellow leaves and now they’re starting to fall off. I say he’s watering it too much, and he ...


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Smart Yard, May 28, 2016

By Staff

Grand Junction residents are doing some interesting things in their front yards. They are putting in orchards, native plants, pollinator habitats and vegetable gardens. Water usage and alternatives to lawns are becoming more important. To ...


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