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Winter drought damage not a reason to panic

By Dennis Hill

We have a river birch that I planted about 15 years ago on the property line between my neighbor to our east and us. It is a clump style with three main trunks. This year the side that faces my yard (the west side) is not doing as well. The ...

It has bells, whistles and it washes clothes

By Erin McIntyre

We finally got our own house robot. It’s actually our new clothes washer, but it might as well be a robot. We bought a computer that happens to do laundry. After more than a decade of using the washer that came with the house, it ...

Know your weeds before you try to get rid of them

By Dennis Hill

I was reading about the pre-emergent for weeds in the lawn. I am wondering if there is something I could use in my vegetable garden. The year before last I didn’t have time for it, then it was totally covered with weeds even before the ...

With certain junipers, be wary of drought

By Dennis Hill

I have two tree questions for you! First, we’re thinking about planting a columnar blue spruce “Iseli Fastigate” in our yard. Bookcliff’s online description says they get 20-25 feet tall and 6-10 feet wide, but Colorado ...


Get to know your native plants at program

By Erin McIntyre

Colorado State University Extension is hosting an open house featuring its native plant garden from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 3, at 2775 U.S. Highway 50 at the Mesa County Fairgrounds. There will be demonstrations of different gardening topics, a ...

Well-drained soil is the key to lavender

By Dennis Hill

I want to have a lavender bed in our yard in front of a deck on the south side of our house. Will the lavender tolerate the direct sun and heat in the summer? It gets great protection from the cold during the winter months. — ...

New insect bee-tween a rock and a hard place

By Gary McCallister

I don’t write a lot about geology. I guess it’s because of the natural competition between the sciences of geology and biology for relevance and status.  Physicists and chemists seem to be at the top of the ladder and ...

Delphinium enjoy a rich organic soil

By Dennis Hill

I was wondering if you happen to know what might be causing my delphinium to not come back or to be very small and not bloom when it does return? It seemed to do fine when we were in our town home a few years back — the soil was rather ...


Western Colorado’s soil leaves plenty to be desired, and here’s how to help

By Erin McIntyre

Amend, amend, amend. That was the mantra we learned in Colorado State University’s Master Gardener class when I took the course five years ago. We have cruddy soil here in western Colorado, maybe some of the worst in the state, and ...

Many perennials do well in both shade and heat

By Dennis Hill

I have a strip of dirt about 4 feet wide on the southeast side of my deck. The lawn grass doesn’t do well there (I’ve replanted twice). The strip is shaded most of the day by trees, but gets two or three hours of blistering midday ...

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