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With certain junipers, be wary of drought

By Dennis Hill

I have two tree questions for you! First, we’re thinking about planting a columnar blue spruce “Iseli Fastigate” in our yard. Bookcliff’s online description says they get 20-25 feet tall and 6-10 feet wide, but Colorado ...


Get to know your native plants at program

By Erin McIntyre

Colorado State University Extension is hosting an open house featuring its native plant garden from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 3, at 2775 U.S. Highway 50 at the Mesa County Fairgrounds. There will be demonstrations of different gardening topics, a ...

Well-drained soil is the key to lavender

By Dennis Hill

I want to have a lavender bed in our yard in front of a deck on the south side of our house. Will the lavender tolerate the direct sun and heat in the summer? It gets great protection from the cold during the winter months. — ...

New insect bee-tween a rock and a hard place

By Gary McCallister

I don’t write a lot about geology. I guess it’s because of the natural competition between the sciences of geology and biology for relevance and status.  Physicists and chemists seem to be at the top of the ladder and ...

Delphinium enjoy a rich organic soil

By Dennis Hill

I was wondering if you happen to know what might be causing my delphinium to not come back or to be very small and not bloom when it does return? It seemed to do fine when we were in our town home a few years back — the soil was rather ...


Western Colorado’s soil leaves plenty to be desired, and here’s how to help

By Erin McIntyre

Amend, amend, amend. That was the mantra we learned in Colorado State University’s Master Gardener class when I took the course five years ago. We have cruddy soil here in western Colorado, maybe some of the worst in the state, and ...

Many perennials do well in both shade and heat

By Dennis Hill

I have a strip of dirt about 4 feet wide on the southeast side of my deck. The lawn grass doesn’t do well there (I’ve replanted twice). The strip is shaded most of the day by trees, but gets two or three hours of blistering midday ...

The benefits of mulch are significant

By Dennis Hill

I have planted a new rose garden and am not sure which mulch is best to use in this garden. — Gloria When we talk about mulches, the first choice is between “organic” type mulches and “inorganic.” I’m not ...

Bee working on yellow dandelion

Tips for encouraging good behavior around bees

By Erin McIntyre

Spring is buzzing all around, and by that I mean bees, flies and wasps are already out and about. It’s the perfect time to decide how you’re going to help the good guys and thwart the bad ones, before they make the decision to ...

A few tips for fixing bumpy spots in lawn

By Dennis Hill

A few years ago I had a sprinkler system installed and a lawn seeded. In some places the grass is great, and in other places it is in clumps, which makes for a very bumpy and sorry-looking yard. What is the best way to remedy this ...

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