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Entomologist monitoring unclassified aphid found in Grand Valley

By Erin McIntyre

Kathy Kimbrough was just sitting in her backyard, enjoying a glass of wine and relaxing, when she noticed something strange on her tree. “I saw this gray mass,” she said. “And at first I thought, where did all this lint come ...

It’s true, there are nut trees that can grow in the valley

By Dennis Hill

We are thinking of adding a few nut trees. We understand walnuts, pecans and pistachios will grow here in the valley. Is that factual? Where we can buy one of each of those? — Nancy There are a number of nut trees that can be grown in ...


Watch out for myrtle spurge, a noxious weed

By Erin McIntyre

When Mike and Clarissa Tofel saw their twin daughters playing in some pretty yellow flowers in their yard, they thought nothing of it. They’d moved into the house the previous November, and in the spring their yard came to life with the ...

Changing watering habits as cold looms

By Dennis Hill

How late in the fall should I continue to water my lawn, and should I fertilize it now? — Laura As fall comes on and weather starts to cool, you want to start stretching out the time between watering. Lots of people just let the ...


September Yard Of The Month

By Staff

If every plant has a story then Cheri Scott’s garden is a library. There is an apple tree that has a graft from a local 100-year-old tree, some peonies that she is holding for a friend who is moving and must have them at his new home, ...

Tips for taking care of weeping mulberry

By Dennis Hill

How do I maintain a weeping mulberry tree? Should it be thinned? It droops all the way to the ground. Does it need to be supported more on the top of it? — Mary You’ve asked a good question, one that many people wonder about. ...

Take the hose to those fall webworms

By Erin McIntyre

We took the dog for a walk along the Colorado Riverfront Trail by Connected Lakes last week, and all these tiny caterpillars kept crossing our path. They seemed to come from nowhere and took their mission seriously — to get off the ...

Some tips for getting plants ready

By Dennis Hill

We have 2-year-old grape, blackberry and raspberry plants planted 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 ...

Preparing strawberry plant for the winter

By Dennis Hill

How do I store my hanging strawberry plant? I have about 10 daughter plants growing off of it, and I don’t want them to break off. — Valerie Are you planning on leaving the strawberry plant outside over the winter? It should be ...

We’re closing in on a great time to move your flowers

By Dennis Hill

I have two huge whirling butterfly plants and two French lavenders that I need to either move or divide before next year. How and when should this be done? — Carolyn The best time of the year to divide most perennials is coming up. ...

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