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Winter isn’t for everyone, especially Little Geri

By Erin McIntyre

Winter is a challenging time for chickens, who generally despise snow. I seem to have a particularly fraidy-chicken bunch in my backyard. The following montage provides you with the highlights of a snow-blanketed morning in the chicken ...


Don’t plant tree too close to the garden

By Dennis Hill

I have a 12-foot by 12-foot space next to my vegetable garden that might be suitable for a tree that would offer shade. A smaller flower garden with a fence borders the other side of this space. I would like advice on a type of tree that might ...


Honeysuckle, trumpet vine will thrive
 in our area

By Dennis Hill

I want to plant a climbing fragrant vine. The area receives morning sun until noon, then it is shaded. Would a star jasmine work well there? Could I get one locally? — Donna I’m afraid star jasmine won’t work for us ...


Warming, cooling may be cause of tree splitting

By Dennis Hill

We have a prairie fire crabapple tree that has very severe splitting in almost all of the major branches. There is some evidence of old bark splits that have healed over that we did not notice until recently. The tree seemed to be slow leafing ...


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Dead delicacy

By Erin McIntyre

Now that Christmas is over, it’s time to get that fire hazard out of your living room. I’m talking about the dried-up tree with tinsel and ornaments hanging from the branches and browning needles raining down on the floor. Sure, ...


Proper water key to healthy Christmas tree

By Dennis Hill

What’s the best way to handle my cut Christmas tree? — Bob Once you’ve gotten your cut tree home, you’ll want to cut 2 inches off the bottom of the trunk to allow the tree to take in more water. Put the tree into a ...


Options abound for working on landscape

By Dennis Hill

I live in Orchard Mesa and am working on a plan for next spring. I’m looking for a large viburnum to plant on the north end of my yard. It would receive some morning and late afternoon sun. I want privacy screening, good fragrance and ...


Increasing humidity to help out your plants

By Dennis Hill

I have a lot of houseplants and have had to adjust to the strong sunlight and hard water in Battlement Mesa after moving from Aurora. I have hard water and a water softener, but apparently, it’s not enough. Most of my plants are doing ...


Football-shaped blob a true wonder

By Erin McIntyre

All summer, it hung precariously in the locust tree. Every time I went out on the patio, I cautiously peered skyward, looking for the football-shaped blob partially hidden by the leaves. About 30 feet up into the tree, they made their ...


Flowering vine strictly a potted plant

By Dennis Hill

I just received a mandevilla from a friend for my birthday and I am wondering if I plant it outside, will it be able to live through the winter here? I don’t think I want to try it as a house plant since it is supposed to climb. I know ...


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