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Homegrown: Creeping Charlie, mulberry trees

By Dennis Hill

I purchased two creeping Charlie plants but am not sure how to care for them. Do they need any special care? — Yolanda Charlies are fairly easy to take care of, but there are a couple of things to remember. First, they prefer bright, ...


Homegrown: Pampas, willow clippings

By Dennis Hill

I would like to know how to care for my hardy pampas and dwarf pampas grass for the winter. Also, can the “feathers” be used for decoration in the home? — Jean Taking care of any ornamental grass is pretty easy. The ...


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Gifts for divas and diggers

By Annie Payne

One of my greatest pleasures is to recommend something that I love, and have the “recommendee” love it, too. Allow me to recommend this gift guide for the “Homie” (Home and Garden enthusiast) in your life. I have ...


Homegrown: Planting evergreens

By Dennis Hill

I would like to buy an evergreen tree for Christmas that I can plant later.  I’ve heard different things about different trees, such as they may not survive until spring (to plant outside) or that you can’t keep them inside or ...


Homegrown: Ash tree disease

By Dennis Hill

I’m wondering if I should I invest in an ash tree with the ash tree disease I have read about? What can you tell me about them? — Thank you, Laura I think maybe what you’ve heard about is actually an insect called an ...


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Annie Payne: The more the merrier

By Annie Payne

A year ago I wrote a story titled, “What does your Christmas tree say about you?” The column brought me instant fame and glory ... in Manitoba, Canada. It also acquainted me with Darrell Jones here in the Grand Valley. He sent me ...


Homegrown: Schefflera plants, mugo pines

By Dennis Hill

I have a schefflera houseplant that has been growing in low light and has only a few branches that are stretched out. I would prefer to have a fuller-looking plant. I have read that you can prune the plant back to encourage new growth at the ...


Homegrown: Catalpa bunga tree, irrigation silt

By Dennis Hill

I bought a catalpa bungei tree about five years ago and would like to try to control its size. I was told I could trim back all the branches in the spring about one-third of the way. Does this sound right to you? Also, I was recently in ...


Homegrown: Hydrangeas in Rangely

By Dennis Hill

How well do hydrangeas do in Rangely? Are they easy to care for? Will they last through the minus 20 below weather? My neighbor got one from a funeral and she planted it this summer in her southern front yard which gets some shade during the ...


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Daring to dine with color

By Annie Payne

I am the type of person that doesn’t need to be talked into color. I need to be talked out of it. If I had my way, it would look like Rainbow Brite painted my house. In our last home, I experimented with color (to the chagrin of Secret ...


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