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Best ways to prepare yard for your dogs

By Dennis Hill

What is the best type of grass for dogs? I have a small backyard with approximately 1,000 square feet of grass. I have two large dogs and wanted to get your opinion on what would hold up the longest. — Cameron There are two issues when ...


Eleanor Rigby, a lesson in backyard farming

By Erin McIntyre

And then, there were seven. Ever since we decided to become backyard chicken keepers, I knew there would be a day when I would need to decide if it was time to put one of the girls out of her misery. Of course, we had one chicken loss due to ...


Options for planting a groundcover

By Dennis Hill

I have nothing but dirt in my front yard. I would like a ground cover that would spread quickly. The area is moist and receives little sun. I have arthritis, so I would like to have flowers and plants that require very little ...


Not all ‘One Book’ varieties suited for Western Colorado gardens

By Erin McIntyre

Growing chocolate habanero peppers in your closet and marveling at the taste of just-picked sweet corn on the cob is something most gardeners can relate to. And so, Mesa County Libraries’ One Book, One Mesa County community reading ...


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Fostering orchids

By Erin McIntyre

You would never know that it is winter outside at Debra Foster’s Redlands home. Inside her sunroom, it’s a veritable jungle. And it’s all because of her gorgeous collection of orchids. Cultivating orchids isn’t as ...


Viburnums work great for shade

By Dennis Hill

I live in Orchard Mesa. I’m looking for a large viburnum to plant on the north end of my yard. It would receive some morning and late afternoon sun. I want privacy screening, good fragrance and berries for the birds. What would you ...


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Sick of winter? Get a headstart on spring

By Erin McIntyre

A little bit of springtime is the most amazing gift in the doldrums of winter. I think of February and March as a type of gardener’s purgatory, where we’re trapped in anticipation of warmer times where we can dig in the dirt, ...


How can I improve our soil?

By Dennis Hill

We had a simple home soil test done that shows the pH is at 7.0 but phosphorus and potassium are high and nitrogen is low. What can I do to improve the quality of my soil for better plant growth and lawn? — Glenda The numbers you have ...


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Sharing is one of the best parts of gardening

By Erin McIntyre

One of my favorite things about gardening is sharing and the anticipation. For gardeners, planning the BEST GARDEN EVER in our minds when it is bitterly cold outside is a type of fantasy we share that lets us retreat into memories of warmer ...


Don’t let cold frame dip below 25 degrees

By Dennis Hill

If we use a cold frame, what is the lowest temp we could place our overwintering geraniums, lantana, etc. out? — Tom Lantana will generally be more cold hardy than geraniums, and within lantana, some varieties will be hardier than ...


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