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Homegrown: Watering in the fall

By Dennis Hill

Earlier in the season, I was advised that we should be watering our lawn/trees two times a week for 45 minutes, which was very good advice. Now that fall is here, how should we scale down our watering schedule until shutdown of irrigation ...


Fall is perfect time to revisit your home’s wardrobe

By Annie Payne

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love pulling my sweaters and jackets out of storage and giving my wardrobe a fresh new look. The change of the seasons also is the perfect time to take inventory of the wardrobe of your home, meaning the ...


Homegrown: Going from lawn to garden

By Dennis Hill

I have a 15x30-foot area of grass on one side of the house that I would like to convert into a vegetable garden area for next season. What is a safe and effective way to get rid of all that grass? Is rototilling that whole area a time or two ...


Homegrown: Pagoda tree, grinding stumps

By Dennis Hill

We have a large, 45-year old-Japanese pagoda tree in our front lawn. For several years, the tree has dripped sap from a location where a large branch was cut away. The sap has burned a 2-foot diameter hole in the grass. There are a couple of ...


Homegrown: Sick juniper tree

By Dennis Hill

We have native juniper tree in our yard that is looking sick. The tree has a good sized limb that died. When you look closer, part of the dead limb has small bore holes, probably from some sort of beetle, I’d guess. The other ...


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You can’t hide ... zucchini are everywhere this time of year

By Rachel Sauer

Scene: A quiet vegetable garden in the fading daylight. Rows of corn, tomatoes, cucumbers and other harvest delights stretch in orderly abundance to a bug-be-gone border of brilliant marigolds. A screen door quietly opens and closes, and a ...


Homegrown: Deer damage

By Dennis Hill

Our four mugo pines at the entry to our home in Battlement Mesa (elevation 5,500 feet) for the past year are showing progressive browning off of needles partly because of deer damage, particularly this past season. I have tried a number of ...


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Jump back into school using the (safety) Net

By Annie Payne

Whether you couldn’t wait for school to start or you wanted summer to linger longer, the new school year has begun. Here are a few websites to help your family jump in with both feet. FUNNY NAME, SERIOUS ADVICE With the kids back in ...


Homegrown: Peach tree fertilizer, bindweed

By Dennis Hill

What type of fertilizer do you recommend for peach trees? I only have two trees. — Wade You’re actually a bit late in the year to be fertilizing your fruit trees. I don’t like to fertilize woody plants after the first of ...


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Playing dirty: With a 16-acre garden, Grand Valley man passionate about produce

By Melinda Mawdsley

Some people never get tired of playing in the dirt. Although the chance to get his hands dirty is not the only reason Bob Beasley loves to garden, it’s a main one. A love of gardening doesn’t make Beasley different from other ...


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