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Ficus tree’s overgrowth can be cut back easily

By Dennis Hill

I have a ficus tree that I have had about four years. Even though we have vaulted ceilings, it is getting a bit out of hand. Can a ficus tree be pruned, and, if so, when is a good time? — Janice Pruning a ficus is really pretty easy. ...


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Rise in ‘Eggses!’ prices will be worth it

By Erin McIntyre

“A box without hinges, key, or lid, yet golden treasure inside is hid.” With apologies to “The Hobbit,” of course, the answer is “Eggses! Wet, crunchy little eggses!” as Gollum answers the riddle. Golden ...


Some palms can live here,
with TLC

By Dennis Hill

This might seem like a strange question, but do you sell Windmill Palms or Mediterranean Fan Palms? I noticed those were the two types that possibly, and that’s a big “if,” could grow here. I would like to attempt to grow ...


Counter appliances make way for Vitamix

By Erin McIntyre

Move over, Toaster, there’s a new appliance in the house. And I’m sorry, but you might just have to give up your counter space. Even though Hubby uses you at least five times a week, I’m thinking this new guy is going to be ...


Cut that tree’s trunk and put it in a stand

By Dennis Hill

What’s the best way to handle my cut Christmas tree? — Bob Once you’ve gotten your cut tree home, cut 2 inches off the bottom of the trunk to allow the tree to take in more water. Put the tree into a stand of water ...


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Grandma’s vintage jewelry tree full of memories

By Erin McIntyre

I think everyone should have a leg lamp for the holidays. You know, the one from “A Christmas Story?” The glowing, disembodied leg adorned with fringe that Ralphie’s dad lovingly extracts from the box stamped ...


Herbicide a good way to kill off elm stump

By Dennis Hill

We had an old elm tree cut down a number of years ago but left the trunk about 15 feet, as I would like to save it for use as a piece of chain saw art. The tree kept growing from the top and ended up kind of pretty, a tall bush, but we had to ...


The case of what’s wrong with Eleanor Rigby

By Erin McIntyre

There was clearly something wrong with my poor little chicken. When I opened the door to the Poulet Chalet, all the hens rushed out in a flurry of wings, bawking like crazy and skipping across the lawn like bulky, awkward aircraft attempting ...


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 ...


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