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You can feed the roses now, but don’t overdo it

By Dennis Hill

I have two rose bushes and would like to know when I should start using rose food. — Deanna You could start any time now. I usually like to wait until irrigation water is available. You need to water in any fertilizer after application ...


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Give castaway furniture a second life, updated look

By Erin McIntyre

They say one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Never could that statement be more true than during Spring Cleanup, the city of Grand Junction’s program that allows residents to put their junk along the street and ...


How to fix a hole after tree removal

By Dennis Hill

Last fall we had a tree removed and the stump ground up. Where the tree was there is a space in the lawn approximately 8 feet by 4 feet that now contains wood chips to a depth of 5 or 6 inches. We would like to put grass in that space. Should ...


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Bee-friendly yard with help of dandelions

By Erin McIntyre

Spring has sprung, and that means the weeds are back in full force. But there is one weed I won’t be yanking out of the lawn this year, or spraying, because I want to encourage some friends who help in my garden. I’m talking ...


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What does your garden grow well? Share your tips!

By Erin McIntyre

My first garden plants of the season are sprouting out of the soil, dotting the ground with vibrant, perfectly shaped leaves. There’s nothing quite like the vibrant green of a radish leaf, poking above the soil surface. The curled fist ...


Pre-emergents can help kill annual weeds

By Dennis Hill

I’ve had a terrible problem with weeds the past few years, and my neighbor said there’s a weed killer I should be using now. What is it and how do I apply it? — Stanley Your neighbor’s probably talking about a ...


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Fairy living — Magical gardens gaining popularity

By Erin McIntyre

Shhhh. Be quiet or you might scare them away. Who? Well, the fairies, of course! Don’t you see them in the garden, there? She’s sleeping, curled up in the leaf, under the penstemon. And that one there, yes, the ...


It’s almost time to trim back roses

By Dennis Hill

Can I trim my roses back at this time of year? I did not get to it in the late fall and they are about 8 feet tall. Also, can I start planting seeds out in the garden or is it still too early? — Molly Although it is a bit early, ...


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Xeriscape expert leads landscaping, outdoor event

By Erin McIntyre

When Lauren Springer Ogden moved to Colorado 30 years ago, she appreciated the natural landscape for its rugged beauty, for the plants that have adapted to live in a harsh environment without loamy soils or abundant water, like some other ...


Accelerate tomato crop by trying these ideas

By Dennis Hill

How early could we get an edible tomato here in the Redlands if we were willing to do everything just right. What varieties are the best? Could we grow the plants (not from seeds) in the house to begin with? — Pat If the earliest ...


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