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Ornamental grass should be cut sooner

By Dennis Hill

I would like to know how to care for my hardy pampas and dwarf pampas grass for the winter. Also, can the “feathers” be used for decoration in the home? — Jean Taking care of any ornamental grass is pretty easy. The main ...


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End-of-year sampling crowns best of tomato crop

By Erin McIntyre

All good things must come to an end. And sadly, that includes sandwiches made of homegrown tomatoes. I’m a sucker for tomato sandwiches, the only vehicle for mayonnaise I will allow to enter my gastrointestinal system. They’re ...


Fertilize late to help lawn throughout the winter

By Dennis Hill

How late in the fall should I continue to water my lawn and should I fertilize it now? — Lottie Both good questions! As fall comes on and weather starts to cool, you want to start stretching out your waterings. Lots of people just ...


Borer may be source of plum problems

By Dennis Hill

We have a purple plum tree that has given us very tasty plums for a number of years. This year, however, its branches are burdened down with hundreds of plums that won’t ripen. The plums are various shades of purple, but not the deep ...


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Add a pop of sunshine to your yard

By Erin McIntyre

Gold is king in Colorado’s fall color scheme. Sure, back East, they have reds and purples and oranges, but here, it’s all about the yellow. As soon as summer’s last hurrah gives way to fall, the rabbit brush starts bursting ...


Best times to prune trees, plant trees

By Dennis Hill

When is the best time to prune the peach trees? — Mary The traditional time to prune fruit trees is late winter or very early spring just before the tree breaks dormancy. Usually around here that means March sometime. The actual ...


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Why buy garlic at the store when you can grow it at home?

By Erin McIntyre

I hate to say that anything in gardening is foolproof, but growing garlic comes pretty darn close. Seriously, if you ever wanted to plant something that was nearly guaranteed to succeed, it has to be the stinking rose. There are a lot of ...


To better yourself, invest in physical, emotional selves

By April Schulte-Barclay

If you were asked to invest a bit of your money in the wisest way you could think of, how would you invest it? Would you invest in the stock market or an educational plan for your children or grandchildren? Would you upgrade your vehicle? ...


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 ...


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