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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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...

It’s true, there are nut trees that can grow in the valley

By Dennis Hill

We are thinking of adding a few nut trees. We understand walnuts, pecans and pistachios will grow here in the valley. Is that factual? Where we can buy one of each of those? — Nancy There are a number of nut trees that can be grown in ...


Watch out for myrtle spurge, a noxious weed

By Erin McIntyre

When Mike and Clarissa Tofel saw their twin daughters playing in some pretty yellow flowers in their yard, they thought nothing of it. They’d moved into the house the previous November, and in the spring their yard came to life with the ...

Changing watering habits as cold looms

By Dennis Hill

How late in the fall should I continue to water my lawn, and should I fertilize it now? — Laura As fall comes on and weather starts to cool, you want to start stretching out the time between watering. Lots of people just let the ...


September Yard Of The Month

By Staff

If every plant has a story then Cheri Scott’s garden is a library. There is an apple tree that has a graft from a local 100-year-old tree, some peonies that she is holding for a friend who is moving and must have them at his new home, ...

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