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July Yard of the Month, 2013

By Special to the Sentinel

The July winners for the Yard of the Month are Butch and Peggy Shaw, who live at 481 Escondido, on the Redlands. Peggy is an avid gardener and has been involved in the CSU Master Gardener Program since 2002. Peggy works at a local garden ...


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Weird color likely means Cistena plum is lacking iron

By Dennis Hill

I have several cistena plum bushes next to our patio that are not doing well. The leaves are yellow-purple with small holes in them. I’ve checked down at the base of the plant and it looks fine. I nicked the bark and it’s nice and ...


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It’s a dog-eat-chicken world

By Erin McIntyre

And then, there were five. Just like that, we had our first chicken casualty. It was bound to happen sooner or later, considering we live in a neighborhood with coyotes, skunks, raccoons and a visiting mountain lion. Surprisingly, it was our ...


Spraying can kill Pinyon twig beetle

By Dennis Hill

Help! We have a pinyon pine that was planted 10–12 years ago. The bottom part turned brown a couple of years ago. We thought it might have been the ips beetle and aggressively sprayed for that, which seemed to keep the brown to the ...


Water excess can be catastrophic to plants

By Erin McIntyre

The fungus is among us, people. And I gotta tell you, it freaks me out to see all this destruction caused by over-watering in the desert. I had a friend who moved here from the Northwest once tell me, “I don’t think you can ever ...


Too much water brings slugs, tomato woes

By Erin McIntyre

When I don’t pay attention to my garden, that’s when weird problems start to take over. This is why I have a love-hate relationship with the automatic drip watering system at my community garden plot. I don’t have to water ...


Earwigs chomp on marigolds

By Dennis Hill

My marigolds are all being eaten by something invisible. I thought nothing eats marigolds. What’s chewing on them? — Betty What you are seeing is feeding damage by earwigs. I’ve come to think that it is a myth that nothing ...


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June Yard of the Month

By Staff

Aspen trees and several reasons they can brown

By Staff

I have a group of aspen trees in my yard. They were all planted six or seven years ago. It seems like every summer the leaves get brown on the edges and just look sick and tired. My neighbor down the block a couple of houses has some that are ...


How to battle those holes, ash borer in Grand Valley

By Dennis Hill

We recently transplanted a young ash tree from a friend’s house and noticed a hole in the trunk with ants coming in and out. The main branches still feel supple and have some green to the bark when broken but there are no leaves forming ...


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