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Lawn fungus a common summer problem, with some relatively uncommon solutions

By Staff

This is the time of year for garden and lawn problems to rear their ugly heads. It’s hot, plants are stressed, and chances are, you’ve been busy enjoying the summer. The days of early summer, when gardeners tend every little sprig ...

Tree could be too far gone to save, but try these tips

By Dennis Hill

Our maple tree isn’t doing well; it’s been getting a little worse each year. Right now we have only limited foliage. Many of the leaves are pale looking with many bare branches. Is there anything that I can do to save this tree? ...

Principles go out the window during kitchen remodel

By Erin McIntyre

It’s not for forever. I find myself muttering this phrase more and more these days, in the middle of a kitchen remodel, otherwise known as an affluent kind of hell. This is a very first-world problem to have, a mess from remodeling a ...

Western Colorado Lavender Festival a great place to learn about versatile plant

By Erin McIntyre

Standing in this purple heaven, it’s hard to imagine a place more fragrant, more beautiful, more abuzz with determined activity than a field of lavender. If the underlying hum of bees busy touching every bud of lavender worries you, ...

Pinyon twig beetle could be problem for pine tree

By Dennis Hill

We have a pinyon pine planted about 10–12 years ago. The bottom part turned brown a couple of years ago. We thought it might be the ips beetle and aggressively sprayed for it, which seemed to keep the brown to the bottom and only on one ...

What to do when tree is injured by strong wind

By Dennis Hill

We have a tree that just lost a branch when a gust of wind hit it, and I am not sure how best to treat it. The branch split off and was lying on the ground but still attached to the tree by a strip of wood and bark. We cut the branch off but ...

chamomile tea

Make your own herbal infusions at home

By Erin McIntyre

There’s something about gardening and tea that goes together. Maybe it’s the idea of enjoying a cuppa in an English garden, surrounded by blooms in a refined, elegant experience. Or perhaps it’s the quiet reflection of a ...


Letting the ladybug population live

By Erin McIntyre

It’s time I confessed. And so I will tell you the story of the time I killed some bugs and wasted my money. It was after we bought our house and had a yard of our own for the first time, ever. You know, it was that first summer that we ...

Stress usually a reason for locust borer

By Dennis Hill

Can you tell me what we can use to treat borers in our purple robe locust? For the past two years we’ve used the Bayer Advanced Tree and Shrub, but it does not seem to be working. Our tree has only leafed out about half of what it ...


When the heat is on

By Erin McIntyre

It takes a special kind of plant to thrive in the boiling heat of a western Colorado summer. Hot, dry winds dry out plants fast. By afternoon, many plants are susceptible to wilting. And some plants, if not watered often during this harsh ...

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