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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. ...


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 ...

Consider junipers, arborvitae for natural privacy barriers

By Dennis Hill

We are trying to get some privacy from our neighbor’s property, so something at least 8-9 feet tall that provides year-round would be great. We would like the privacy as quick as possible without sacrificing the health of the product. ...


Give your garden a second chance this fall

By Erin McIntyre

Second chances are a beautiful thing. And right now, they’re manifesting themselves in the form of lettuce seedlings coming up in the garden. Part of my garden sizzled to death in the heat and I have a spare patch of soil that was ...

Tips for purging spurge

By Dennis Hill

I’m being invaded by spurge. What do I do? — Paul Spurge is a very common weed in people’s lawns and landscapes. It is a prostrate growing weed with small oval leaves that are greenish or grayish and have purplish stems. ...


Get rid of your weeds, get a gift card

By Erin McIntyre

As if there wasn’t enough reason to eliminate noxious weeds from your yard, Mesa County is offering an incentive to get rid of them once and for all. So here’s your chance. If you live in Mesa County and you’re harboring one ...

Make sure it’s a fungus first, then here’s how to get rid of it

By Dennis Hill

I was wondering if you could tell me how to get rid of fungus in our grass. Thanks for your help! — Linda The first thing is to make doubly sure that it’s a fungal disease that’s troubling your lawn. Though most of the ...

Solving problem of blossom end rot

By Dennis Hill

I am growing cherry and roma tomatoes in planters on a balcony that faces east and gets about three hours of sunlight each morning. My cherry tomatoes are coming along well, but once in a while their bottoms turn black, like they’re ...

Little Geri’s love for grapes a bit extreme

By Erin McIntyre

We finally had it with the chickens’ Grape Escape of 2016. It was a real-life version of “Chicken Run,” I tell you. And it’s all because of Little Geri and her addiction to grapes. See, we ripped out our grape vines ...

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