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Problem spot? Check your soil before planting

By Dennis Hill

I have a strip of dirt about 4 feet wide on the southeast side of my deck. Grass doesn’t do well there (I’ve replanted twice). The strip is shaded most of the day by plum and pecan trees, but gets two to three hours of blistering ...


Now is perfect time to prep for summer gardening

By Rachel Sauer

In springtime, a gardener’s thoughts turn to tomatoes and cucumbers. Mmm… And crisp peas, tangy bell peppers and rows of green chiles. Plus, a rainbow of blossoms bursting from every flower bed. But before rushing outside to poke ...

Homegrown: Prepare for rose pruning in April

By Dennis Hill

We moved to a house that has several different roses, but we’re not sure of the type. We were wondering if we should cut the stems down or just leave them alone with their leaves still on the stems? — Mish You’ll want to ...


West Life: E-waste, a different kind of trash

By Erin McIntyre

You’ve been using the shiny new laptop you got for Christmas for a few months now. It’s time to spring clean, and your old laptop has been gathering dust because you weren’t sure what do with it, or you were too lazy to deal ...

Homegrown: How much to compact new garden soil?

By Dennis Hill

I am getting a delivery of Glade Park soil for raised vegetable garden beds. The contractor says in filling the beds he needs to walk on the Glade Park soil to compact it because it is so fluffy. I thought that you are not supposed to compact ...

Homegrown: Pre-emergent selection must meet garden needs

By Dennis Hill

Can you recommend a pre-emergent for weed control for a vegetable garden? When is the best time to apply it? — Karen I have a couple of choices for pre-emergent you can use in a vegetable garden. There aren’t many because almost ...

West Life: Brief spring weather triggers weed anxiety

By Erin McIntyre

The nightmares already have started. The weed nightmares. Yes, I know that it snowed this week and it only felt like spring for one day, but something triggered my weed anxiety. Maybe it was an entire day of studying pest management in a ...

Hoemgrown: Grow an apple tree from seed

By Dennis Hill

If I am growing an apple tree from seed, should I start it outside or inside in a pot? If inside in a pot, when should I put it outside? The first year, do I remove all of the apples, or just thin them out? — Mitchell For the seed to ...


West Life: Only a few weeks away from starting seeds

By Erin McIntyre

My green thumb is getting so itchy that I’m about to go out and buy a Chia pet, just to see something fresh and spring-like in my house. Some of my friends have already planted seeds in little trays, they’re so starved for ...

Homegrown: What bushes would be good as a fence?

By Dennis Hill

I have an area that is 56 feet long that needs bushes. It is in partial shade and I’m doing bushes rather than a fence to separate a gravel area from the lawn. I’m looking for something that could be kept to around 3 feet by 3 ...

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