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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 ...


Homegrown: Jupiter’s Beard, Chinese trees

By Dennis Hill

We have red Jupiter’s Beard growing in our backyard that has one white flower growing from a red one. After the flowers quit blooming I cut them back and they flowered again. My question is why did one part of the plant come back as a ...


Homegrown: Late-fall fertilizing

By Dennis Hill

You suggested that we fertilize in the late fall with a double batch of your fertilizer. I did that and my lawn has never looked better. I get tired of mowing it. Do you still suggest that I double the fertilizer before the ditch water goes ...


Homegrown: Lilac plants

By Dennis Hill

Years ago, I transplanted about 10 lilac plants from the sandhills of eastern Colorado. Around late August, they all turned brown around the edge of the leaves and then the leaves died. But then most of them put on buds and sprouted new green ...


Homegrown: Mystery plant, paulownia trees

By Dennis Hill

I have a plant I potted that I need help identifying. It grows like a reed with dark green stems that are hollow in the middle. The stems are kind of three sided and topped with a thick cluster of green “threads” that look like a ...


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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