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Spring, access to water make for the perfect time to plant

By Dennis Hill

I am taking out some rock surrounding our yard. We would like to plant grass seed in place of the rock. What time of year is most appropriate to do so? Can we do it this spring? — Brian Spring is a great time to do this. Most people ...


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Drag out the hose, it’s time to water!

By Erin McIntyre

Although we’ve had a pretty wet winter by Grand Valley standards, it doesn’t excuse us from giving our trees and shrubs a drink of water. Now that the snow is all gone, and the tulips are poking their little leaves out of the soil, ...


Turf-type tall fescue can handle the traffic

By Dennis Hill

We have a question about lawn ground covers that might grow in our local soil and hardiness zone. We’ve seen dichondra repens and different types of clovers online and wonder how those would do in our high desert area? If those would not ...


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Empowering gardeners through seed packets

By Erin McIntyre

BROOMFIELD — As Cicero said, “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need,” and a Colorado company is helping gardens to flourish with a veritable encyclopedia of information with every packet of its ...


When are my trees too tall, and what can I do about it?

By Dennis Hill

We have six very large and apparently healthy poplars that are like 100 feet or so tall. Every time the wind blows, I wonder if they are coming down. I really would like to trim and cut them back. What do you think? — ...


Plant ideas that use little, if any, water not a big list

By Staff

We have an area in our yard that we’d like to landscape with perennial flowers. The problem is that we don’t have any water in this area. Any suggestions on what we could plant there? — Marilynn The best solution, if ...


Switching to Celsius halts thermostat family feud

By Erin McIntyre

The 2014 battle of the thermostat is in full swing. Forget the Sochi Olympics, this competition is more brutal than Bob Costas’ persistent eye infection. Here’s a rundown of the games so far: Hubby clicks down thermostat to ...


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Scallions provide green thumb in winter

By Erin McIntyre

There’s a certain desperation most gardeners feel this time of year. It’s too early to prune, too early to plant, too frozen to dig around in the dirt and too cold to do much in the yard except for shoveling snow in the driveway. ...


Tips, tricks to starting seeds indoors before transplanting

By Dennis Hill

Are there any tricks to starting plants indoors before transferring them to the garden? — Jim The first thing to starting your own seed indoors is to seed it at the proper time. Over and over I see people get anxious and start it too ...


Old bulbs: plant them when the ice melts

By Dennis Hill

I just “found” some bulbs I had forgotten about. Can I plant them now? — Pauline First, check your bulbs to be sure they are OK. They should be firm. If they’re soft, mushy or dried out, throw them away. If they are ...


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