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Play detective in the garden as a volunteer

By Erin McIntyre

I’ll never forget the call from a man who was using a toothbrush to clean his cactus. He just could not figure out what this stubborn white gunk was on the prickly pear pads. It was a kind of a cottony substance that shockingly turned ...


It’s too early to tell if emerald ash borer will affect our trees

By Dennis Hill

Last Saturday, I mentioned that there’s a new pest in our ash trees called emerald ash borer. This pest has received some press in the past year in Colorado when it was discovered in Boulder. It was introduced into the United States in ...


Homegrown: Plenty of good ideas for shade trees, but none of them perfect

By Dennis Hill

We were thinking of planting a globe willow tree but after playing “pickup sticks” from the neighbors tree behind us, we’re thinking that’s not the tree for us. A Burr oak sounds good. It likes sun and drought ...


Don’t let ‘stuff’ get in the way of the holidays

By Erin McIntyre

The holidays are overwhelming for a lot of reasons. But I think I’ve narrowed the most stressful element (for me) down to one thing: stuff. Stuff involves a lot of stuff. And stuff usually gets bad right around the time the retail elves ...


Mother Nature has my irises confused

By Erin McIntyre

I guess my irises didn’t get the memo. Winter is here, and some of them are trying to bloom. The unusually warm, wet weather we had in the Grand Valley has led some of my landscaping to think it’s another time of year, and it ...


Some flowering plants to consider when xeriscaping

By Dennis Hill

We are in the process of xeriscaping our 1-acre property with red shale, gravel, pea gravel and trail mix. The backyard faces west and behind our 130-foot fence is approximately 10 feet of bare dirt and a waste water ditch. I would like to ...


It’s not when you prune, but how you prune plants

By Dennis Hill

When is the best time to prune golden vicary privet and bridal wreath spirea? The privets are on the south side of the house and have had a rough summer the past couple of years. We have given them a little extra water. The bridal wreath look ...


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With help from PVC, no more pigsty

By Erin McIntyre

Chickens are pigs. I’m honestly confused as to which barnyard animal we have been raising around here. The Chicken Five have already trashed their new Poulet Chalet. I mean, they’ve really made themselves at home. And I just do ...


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Attack of the green tomatoes

By Erin McIntyre

There’s something sad about collecting all the green orbs of unripe tomatoes from the withered vines every fall. But my penchant for avoiding waste drives me to salvage anything that could possibly be eaten. There are all kinds of ...


Rototilling, getting your garden ready for next year

By Dennis Hill

In spite of some bumps in the road earlier this year with my garden, it really came on like gang busters in August and September. I’m sort of sad to see it go for the year. What should I be doing now to get ready for next ...


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