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Persistence can help kill lawn’s salsify

By Dennis Hill

This past summer, the lawn at my rental house in Clifton was invaded by western salsify. First, it showed up as thick grass-like rosettes with long, thick taproots. Later, it sent up tall stalks that produced large yellow flowers like ...


Not the brightest chicken in the coop

By Erin McIntyre

Chickens are the worst patients. I’m the first to admit I could resolve this problem quickly, with a knife or hatchet. Some chicken owners call this “euthanasia.” I grew up on a farm, so I call it “dinner.” But ...


Dying spruce likely from lack of water, sun or mites

By Dennis Hill

I planted an Alberta spruce into a ceramic pot measuring approximately two and a half feet high and twice the diameter of the plant’s root ball. It is planted in good soil and the pot has holes for drainage. Toward the end of summer, ...


It’s a great time to improve soil for next year

By Erin McIntyre

It seems odd to think of next year’s garden already, as I try to keep my kale and lettuce alive for just a little while longer and clear out the sad remains of my tomato plants. But it’s not too early to do some little things that ...


Privacy screen can be created with a juniper

By Dennis Hill

I want to create a living privacy screen 8- to 10-feet high. The house sits high so you can look over a 6-foot fence. My east side of the house has full sun most of the day. An evergreen would be great. The issue is that it can only be about 2 ...


Does it bring you joy? No? Then get rid of it

By Erin McIntyre

There are thousands of self-help books out there about de-cluttering, organizing, arranging your stuff and getting rid of stuff. The ironic thing is, most of the people I know with a lot of books about this topic tend to add their self-help ...


Crabapple is splitting at branches

By Dennis Hill

We have a crabapple tree that has very severe splitting in almost all of the major branches. There is some evidence of old bark splits that healed over that we did not notice until recently. The tree seemed to be slow leafing out this spring ...


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Some tips for growing garlic at home

By Erin McIntyre

Perhaps it’s an effort to keep the vampires away on All Hallow’s Eve, but I’ve always had a tradition of planting garlic on Halloween. Truthfully, it’s kind of the tail end of the optimal planting time window for ...


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Turning local produce into hard apple cider is best left to the pros

By Erin McIntyre

The great hard cider experiment of 2015 has come to a close, and I’m happy to report there were no exploding bottles and I did not (as I feared) make five gallons of apple cider vinegar. However, I must disclose that making hard cider ...


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Entomologist monitoring unclassified aphid found in Grand Valley

By Erin McIntyre

Kathy Kimbrough was just sitting in her backyard, enjoying a glass of wine and relaxing, when she noticed something strange on her tree. “I saw this gray mass,” she said. “And at first I thought, where did all this lint come ...


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