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Enticing perk of xeriscaping is much less maintenance

By Dennis Hill

I’m wondering about what care I should give plants in our xeriscaped yard. The plants have been in for two years and I trim them in the spring as needed and watch for pests. Everything is growing well. However, I’m wondering if ...

Earwigs: The good, the bad and the ugly

By Erin McIntyre

I have a love-hate relationship with earwigs. OK, who are we kidding? I have a hate-hate relationship with them. It’s complicated. They’re good, but they’re bad. They’re just creepy. Their little burnished red bodies ...

Overwatering, fungus could be the cause of browning lawn

By Dennis Hill

Help, our lawn is looking awful! There are brown patches all over and they seem to be getting worse the past several weeks. What can we do? — Rebecca  Probably what you have going on is a fungus attacking your lawn; there are ...

Asparagus, strawberries make strange bedfellows

By Dennis Hill

I want to put in a strawberry bed. Can I plant different kinds of strawberries? Also, can I plant asparagus with the strawberries? — Nancy You can mix different varieties of strawberries in the same patch, but I’d steer away ...


Alternative weedkillers a mixed bag

By Erin McIntyre

If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you’ve noticed that the debate about common household herbicides is heating up. The active ingredients in the majority of weed sprays on the shelf at your standard hardware store are ...



By Staff

Water Tip, July 18, 2015

By Staff

WATER TIP Shady areas require less water — When watering your turf areas, be aware of shady areas. These areas typically require about 30 percent less water than sunny areas. The shade tends to create a “microclimate” of ...


Professionals offer tips in battling mosquitoes

By Erin McIntyre

​​​​​​​Some uninvited guests are wreaking havoc on Grand Valley backyards this summer. On Orchard Mesa and the Redlands, residents can’t even enjoy their yards without being assaulted by hordes ...


June Yard of the Month

By Special to the Sentinel

With 147 fruit trees and a large vegetable garden, Earl and Floy Young’s yard has been chosen as the June 2015 Yard of the Month. The Youngs’ yard also won the designation in August 2013. The Youngs purchased their home at 2303 N. ...


New arboretum at Las Colonias Park features best of local plants, ideas for yard

By Erin McIntyre

I love shopping for plants. But I rarely start at the garden center or nursery. My initial search for a new plant acquisition starts when I’m out and about. I notice a healthy, beautiful catalpa tree in someone’s yard, or maybe I ...

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