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Dig a hole if you want to tell if plant is getting water

By Dennis Hill

Please settle a disagreement between me and my husband. The little crabapple tree we planted last year is looking pretty sad with lots of yellow leaves and now they’re starting to fall off. I say he’s watering it too much, and he ...


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Smart Yard, May 28, 2016

By Staff

Grand Junction residents are doing some interesting things in their front yards. They are putting in orchards, native plants, pollinator habitats and vegetable gardens. Water usage and alternatives to lawns are becoming more important. To ...


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These crops offer a good way to space out garden harvest

By Erin McIntyre

Patience is not one of my virtues as a gardener. If I’m going to invest a lot of time and work in planting something, I’d better be able to pick something in a few weeks. And that can be really frustrating when we have a shorter ...


Basil plant problems, and what you can do

By Dennis Hill

I recently planted a basil plant in a pot on my front porch, and it seems some kind of bug is eating it. It gets chewed down to the stem. They don’t seem to be bite marks, more like melted away. Any tips would be wonderful. — ...


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Horticultural crimes

By Erin McIntyre

I can’t resist this reflex I have. It’s a plant-rescuing reaction I’m sure all master gardeners acquire, to some extent, during training, though there’s no specific class on plant rehabilitation. Maybe we become too ...


Night crawlers are a pain, but good for lawn

By Dennis Hill

My lawns are a mess because of excessive night crawlers. Is there a method I could use to at least discourage them, if not rid my lawn of these worms? I understand that they are good for the soil, but too many cause an unsightly lawn. — ...


Trimming chicken talons in the night

By Erin McIntyre

When we got chickens, I had no idea I’d be giving them pedicures in the middle of the night. But here I was, smuggling them off their roosts in the dark to trim their talons. Chicken-keeping involves distinctly non-glamorous tasks that ...


Good options for alternative to a grass lawn

By Dennis Hill

We need to put in an alternative to grass for the front lawn. Should we come in and talk to someone there? — Monica Of course you can come out and talk to us about it. Most any of the salespeople can help you with this. But ...


Don’t be too concerned by slow green up

By Dennis Hill

We moved into a newly constructed house on Dec. 1 that just had sod installed. Everyone else’s lawn is getting green now except ours. Is there anything we can do to help this new sod along? — Linda The fact that your sod ...


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STAND TALL — Give your trees a good start, plant them correctly

By Erin McIntyre

Bruce Lee is thoroughly enjoying my front yard. Yes, Bruce Lee, my new lacebark pine tree. I name all my trees. It’s a thing. And Bruce Lee is my new tree that kicks serious booty and that’s how he earned his name. We planted ...


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