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Homegrown: Leaf burn, violets

By Dennis Hill

We have a great old cottonwood in our yard. Several years ago, an arborist told us that the leaf burn on the tree was probably caused by the weed killer we had applied to our sizable lawn. We stopped the treatments and now I pull weeds in our ...


Homegrown: Shady red flowers

By Dennis Hill

I have an 8-foot wide by 3-foot deep rectangular-shaped indentation on the north side of my house, with two evenly spaced bubblers. This space is shady most of the day and has a row of spreading juniper bushes running in front of it. The ...


Homegrown: Cutting back, early edible tomatoes

By Dennis Hill

Is this the right time to be cutting back a blue mist spirea and a butterfly bush? Both are just beginning to leaf out. — Donna Now is the time to cut back plants, such as your butterfly bush and blue mist spirea. Summer blooming ...


Homegrown: Dwarf fruit trees, Zoysia grass

By Dennis Hill

What kinds of dwarf apricot and cherry trees do you recommend? — Lee The first thing to remember about the “dwarf” stone fruits is that they’re not really that much smaller than a standard sized tree. A dwarfing ...


Homegrown: Organic gardening, Part 3

By Dennis Hill

I’m thinking I’d like to start an organic vegetable garden in my backyard. What do I need to do? — Scott In the past two weeks I’ve covered general information about organic gardening and the basic principles of ...


Homegrown: Organic gardening, Part 2

By Dennis Hill

I’m thinking I’d like to start an organic vegetable garden in my backyard. What do I need to do? — Scott In last week’s column I wrote about the soil needed for organic gardening and ended by listing the basic ...


Homegrown: Organic vegetable garden, Part 1

By Dennis Hill

I’m thinking I’d like to start an organic vegetable garden in my backyard. What do I need to do? — Scott You’ve asked a pretty big question. There are a variety of different methods of organic gardening and it seems ...


Homegrown: Blueberries, hawthorne tree

By Dennis Hill

Are blueberries easy to grow in our area? Are there any soil amendments I need to be aware of before I make a decision to plant them? — Lois Blueberries are hard to grow here I’m afraid. They prefer cooler temperatures, high ...


Homegrown: Growing food in clay

By Dennis Hill

I am looking for any edible food that will grow in clay in Grand Junction. Any ideas? — Sharon You can plant just about anything you’d like. The important thing is that you work on amending the soil well before you ...


Homegrown: Sprinkler systems

By Dennis Hill

I had a sprinkler system installed and my lawn seeded, but in some places the grass is great and in other places it is in clumps, which makes for a very sorry-looking yard. What is the best way to remedy this situation? — Dan The ...


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