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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 ...

Let drops fly from the sky, into my bucket

By Erin McIntyre

It seems monsoon season is upon us. Here in western Colorado, anytime we get rain for more than two days in a row, it must be monsoon season. This year, it might bring more dry lightning than rainfall, but still, if precipitation could be on ...

Leafminer cause of elm destruction

By Dennis Hill

I have six very old very large elm trees and the leaves at the bottom are all getting light brown patches. What is this and what can I do about it? — Karol What you have going on is called an elm leafminer. The insect is a small, ...

Take action 
to limit impact of ash borer

By Dennis Hill

I’m hearing so much about this new bug killing all the ash trees over in the Denver area. Is this something we have to worry about here? Is it inevitable that it gets here or is there a way to stop it from spreading to the West Slope? ...

Lawn fungus a common summer problem, with some relatively uncommon solutions

By Staff

This is the time of year for garden and lawn problems to rear their ugly heads. It’s hot, plants are stressed, and chances are, you’ve been busy enjoying the summer. The days of early summer, when gardeners tend every little sprig ...

Tree could be too far gone to save, but try these tips

By Dennis Hill

Our maple tree isn’t doing well; it’s been getting a little worse each year. Right now we have only limited foliage. Many of the leaves are pale looking with many bare branches. Is there anything that I can do to save this tree? ...

Principles go out the window during kitchen remodel

By Erin McIntyre

It’s not for forever. I find myself muttering this phrase more and more these days, in the middle of a kitchen remodel, otherwise known as an affluent kind of hell. This is a very first-world problem to have, a mess from remodeling a ...

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