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The benefits of mulch are significant

By Dennis Hill

I have planted a new rose garden and am not sure which mulch is best to use in this garden. — Gloria When we talk about mulches, the first choice is between “organic” type mulches and “inorganic.” I’m not ...


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Tips for encouraging good behavior around bees

By Erin McIntyre

Spring is buzzing all around, and by that I mean bees, flies and wasps are already out and about. It’s the perfect time to decide how you’re going to help the good guys and thwart the bad ones, before they make the decision to ...


A few tips for fixing bumpy spots in lawn

By Dennis Hill

A few years ago I had a sprinkler system installed and a lawn seeded. In some places the grass is great, and in other places it is in clumps, which makes for a very bumpy and sorry-looking yard. What is the best way to remedy this ...


Wait, see with ‘sick’ evergreen

By Dennis Hill

We have a “sick” arborvitae on our property. It’s brown at the top and down on the south side. What’s going on and what can we do about it? — Margaret Actually, I’m seeing a bit of this problem on ...


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Spring: You might see some weird things, but it’s normal

By Erin McIntyre

Spring is a time when everything comes alive and people begin to notice the newness of the world again. Chicks are hatching, newborn lambs are frolicking about and that vibrant, unmistakable green is sprouting up all over the ...


Aspen sap could be indication of problem

By Dennis Hill

We have a problem with our aspen trees. Nearly all of them are sapping quite a bit and are also splitting down the sides. We live at 6,100 feet in Paonia. Last summer the leaves were mottled. Any ideas what might be wrong? — ...


Work from bottom up when pruning your shrubs

By Staff

We have a red twig dogwood bush in our front yard that we would like to know if we can cut back now because it is taking over and becoming too big. Love the bush, but need it trimmed back a lot. It does have some little buds showing. — ...


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Circle of seed-saving and lending continues at unique Hotchkiss library

By Erin McIntyre

HOTCHKISS — When Sarah Pope started the North Fork Seed Library in 2013, her goal was to educate patrons about seed saving and ignite a passion for growing their own favorite varieties of heirloom vegetables. But in the past four years, ...


Home and Garden Briefs, March 25, 2017

By Staff

Library hosting beekeeping talk The latest presentation in the Mesa County Library’s “Beyond the Garden” series is backyard beekeeping for beginners, at 6:30 p.m. on April 5 at the main branch. Beekeeper Amanda Quiqley ...


Have a bad weed problem? Pre-emergents a good solution

By Dennis Hill

I have a lot of weeds that come up in my yard and vegetable garden every spring and it seems like I’m pulling and spraying all summer long. Is there something I can do to help with this problem? — Jake I think I have a pretty ...


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