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It’s important to water trees in winter, too

By Erin McIntyre

I don’t have a crystal ball. The only thing I have that comes close is the Old Farmer’s Almanac, which seems to be a pretty reliable oracle when it comes to the weather (it did predict a mild winter for our area, with above-average ...


Weeds likely to grow if you don’t remove the old mulch

By Dennis Hill

The cedar mulch in my yard, which is over weed barrier fabric, has been “fluffed” and added to over the past 15 years. I would like to replace it with rock or rubber mulch. Must I remove all of the mulch and residue before ...


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Take away guessing game with Plant Select

By Erin McIntyre

How many times have you wandered through a garden center or flipped through a seed catalog and wondered, “I wonder if I could grow that?” Maybe you’re looking for something unusual, or an impressive centerpiece for the ...


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Plant catalogs help you map out your garden

By Erin McIntyre

Dew-dropped, undulating shapes beckoned to me from the glossy pages. Jewel-toned silhouettes bulged with juiciness, begging to be touched, tasted and smelled. Staring at these ripe, sumptuous orbs coaxed my mouth to water a little bit in ...


Yes, you can grow in this clay soil area

By Dennis Hill

I’ve recently moved to the Western Slope (Montrose) and am wondering if I can start a vegetable garden in this clay soil. How do I start and what should I plant? — Matt Welcome to the Western Slope! Unfortunately, clay soil is a ...


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DESERT DREAMLAND

By Erin McIntyre

PHOENIX — It seemed strange to have my head fill with rhyme without reason in the middle of this bizarre landscape. Staring at these whimsical, twisted and thorny plants triggered singsong couplets lodged deep in my gray matter, ...


Homegrown: Mulberry tree problems may fix themselves after a while

By Dennis Hill

I’m worried about my mulberry trees. The base on some of them is deformed. What can I do to help this? — Tim The deformity is evidence of some sort of wound heal. The good news is that it is healing. The bad news is that there ...


Molting in the wintertime is a waiting game

By Erin McIntyre

No one ever said chickens were particularly smart or practical. Case in point: It’s the middle of winter, temperatures are dipping down into the teens at night, and these birdbrains are molting. Yes, molting, as in losing all their ...


Poinsettia problems fixed with

By Dennis Hill

My 11-year-old poinsettia is sticky on both the leaves and branches. What is wrong with it, and how do I fix it? — Irene When a plant gets sticky leaves and stems (at least when it’s not supposed to be sticky), that is a pretty ...


Cutting cable can save money, lives

By Erin McIntyre

I don’t miss cable TV. We canceled ours years ago and let me tell you, this recent hubbub with a certain cable/Internet provider in Mesa County doesn’t make me sad that we stopped giving them tons of money. At the time, Bresnan ...


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