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How to fix a hole after tree removal

By Dennis Hill

Last fall we had a tree removed and the stump ground up. Where the tree was there is a space in the lawn approximately 8 feet by 4 feet that now contains wood chips to a depth of 5 or 6 inches. We would like to put grass in that space. Should ...


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Bee-friendly yard with help of dandelions

By Erin McIntyre

Spring has sprung, and that means the weeds are back in full force. But there is one weed I won’t be yanking out of the lawn this year, or spraying, because I want to encourage some friends who help in my garden. I’m talking ...


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What does your garden grow well? Share your tips!

By Erin McIntyre

My first garden plants of the season are sprouting out of the soil, dotting the ground with vibrant, perfectly shaped leaves. There’s nothing quite like the vibrant green of a radish leaf, poking above the soil surface. The curled fist ...


Pre-emergents can help kill annual weeds

By Dennis Hill

I’ve had a terrible problem with weeds the past few years, and my neighbor said there’s a weed killer I should be using now. What is it and how do I apply it? — Stanley Your neighbor’s probably talking about a ...


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Fairy living — Magical gardens gaining popularity

By Erin McIntyre

Shhhh. Be quiet or you might scare them away. Who? Well, the fairies, of course! Don’t you see them in the garden, there? She’s sleeping, curled up in the leaf, under the penstemon. And that one there, yes, the ...


It’s almost time to trim back roses

By Dennis Hill

Can I trim my roses back at this time of year? I did not get to it in the late fall and they are about 8 feet tall. Also, can I start planting seeds out in the garden or is it still too early? — Molly Although it is a bit early, ...


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Xeriscape expert leads landscaping, outdoor event

By Erin McIntyre

When Lauren Springer Ogden moved to Colorado 30 years ago, she appreciated the natural landscape for its rugged beauty, for the plants that have adapted to live in a harsh environment without loamy soils or abundant water, like some other ...


Accelerate tomato crop by trying these ideas

By Dennis Hill

How early could we get an edible tomato here in the Redlands if we were willing to do everything just right. What varieties are the best? Could we grow the plants (not from seeds) in the house to begin with? — Pat If the earliest ...


Best ways to prepare yard for your dogs

By Dennis Hill

What is the best type of grass for dogs? I have a small backyard with approximately 1,000 square feet of grass. I have two large dogs and wanted to get your opinion on what would hold up the longest. — Cameron There are two issues when ...


Eleanor Rigby, a lesson in backyard farming

By Erin McIntyre

And then, there were seven. Ever since we decided to become backyard chicken keepers, I knew there would be a day when I would need to decide if it was time to put one of the girls out of her misery. Of course, we had one chicken loss due to ...


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