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Celebrate the last bit of color in bloom

By Erin McIntyre

Keeping flowers of some kind blooming all season long is one of the challenges gardeners face. Believe it or not, now is the time to look around and take note of the last ones standing — look for the final bursts of color and pollen of ...


Fungal leaf spot a cause for thinning

By Dennis Hill

Help! My sorrel plants suddenly have pinkish circles on their leaves, and I’m not sure what’s happening or what I need to do. I’m hoping to be able to save them and not use any chemicals. — Becky (from Florida) It ...


Why did the chickens go on strike?

By Erin McIntyre

It never fails. Right about the time the lawn turns crunchy with frost in the mornings and the leaves drop from the trees, it looks like someone had a pillow fight in the chicken compound. The hens lose their feathers, one by one, during ...


Spring the best time to prune trees and shrubs

By Dennis Hill

When is the best time to prune golden vicary privet and bridal wreath spirea? Is it OK to prune them now? — Mary To be honest, the “proper” time to prune isn’t all that important. There are some advantages and some ...


Work on fall to-do list before it’s too late

By Erin McIntyre

Some folks think raking leaves and winterizing their sprinkler systems are the only fall garden chores. Oh, but there’s so much more to do this time of year. Performing a few tasks before the killing frosts set in can save you a heap ...


Ornamental grass should be cut sooner

By Dennis Hill

I would like to know how to care for my hardy pampas and dwarf pampas grass for the winter. Also, can the “feathers” be used for decoration in the home? — Jean Taking care of any ornamental grass is pretty easy. The main ...


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End-of-year sampling crowns best of tomato crop

By Erin McIntyre

All good things must come to an end. And sadly, that includes sandwiches made of homegrown tomatoes. I’m a sucker for tomato sandwiches, the only vehicle for mayonnaise I will allow to enter my gastrointestinal system. They’re ...


Fertilize late to help lawn throughout the winter

By Dennis Hill

How late in the fall should I continue to water my lawn and should I fertilize it now? — Lottie Both good questions! As fall comes on and weather starts to cool, you want to start stretching out your waterings. Lots of people just ...


Borer may be source of plum problems

By Dennis Hill

We have a purple plum tree that has given us very tasty plums for a number of years. This year, however, its branches are burdened down with hundreds of plums that won’t ripen. The plums are various shades of purple, but not the deep ...


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Add a pop of sunshine to your yard

By Erin McIntyre

Gold is king in Colorado’s fall color scheme. Sure, back East, they have reds and purples and oranges, but here, it’s all about the yellow. As soon as summer’s last hurrah gives way to fall, the rabbit brush starts bursting ...


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