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Work from bottom up when pruning your shrubs

By Staff

We have a red twig dogwood bush in our front yard that we would like to know if we can cut back now because it is taking over and becoming too big. Love the bush, but need it trimmed back a lot. It does have some little buds showing. — ...


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Circle of seed-saving and lending continues at unique Hotchkiss library

By Erin McIntyre

HOTCHKISS — When Sarah Pope started the North Fork Seed Library in 2013, her goal was to educate patrons about seed saving and ignite a passion for growing their own favorite varieties of heirloom vegetables. But in the past four years, ...


Home and Garden Briefs, March 25, 2017

By Staff

Library hosting beekeeping talk The latest presentation in the Mesa County Library’s “Beyond the Garden” series is backyard beekeeping for beginners, at 6:30 p.m. on April 5 at the main branch. Beekeeper Amanda Quiqley ...


Have a bad weed problem? Pre-emergents a good solution

By Dennis Hill

I have a lot of weeds that come up in my yard and vegetable garden every spring and it seems like I’m pulling and spraying all summer long. Is there something I can do to help with this problem? — Jake I think I have a pretty ...


Do research when looking for the best grasses and ground covers

By Staff

I have a question about lawn ground covers that might grow in our local soil and their hardiness zone. We’ve seen dichondra repens and different types of clovers online and are wondering how those would do in our high desert area? If ...


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It’s a great time to get growing season started with hardy vegetables

By Erin McIntyre

The wait is over. Spring is nearly here (officially) and it’s the perfect time to plant hardy vegetables that prefer cooler temperatures. My general rule is that when the tulips emerge, the crocuses bloom, the garlic is a few inches ...


Not all mildew is created equal

By Dennis Hill

My neighbor behind our house has many mature shrubs and bushes which have mildew in the late summer and fall. Now I notice that a few of my shrubs that border her yard are getting a little bit of mildew during the growing season. I don’t ...


Time to plant cool-season vegetables

By Dennis Hill

We’re new to the valley. When do we plant our vegetable garden around here? — Scott The answer is “it depends!” I divide vegetables into two groups: cool-season plants and warm-season plants. The cool-season plants ...


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Watering in winter

By Erin McIntyre

The last thing you are probably thinking about is dragging out a hose and watering your yard. It’s still winter, even though the crocuses are starting to peek out of the soil, and there is no water in the irrigation system. Water now? ...


Duration of cold — not temp itself — key to plants

By Dennis Hill

If we use a cold frame, what is the lowest temperature that we could place our over-wintering geraniums, lantana, etc. outside? — Tom Lantana will generally be more cold hardy than geraniums, and within lantana, some varieties will ...


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