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New arboretum at Las Colonias Park features best of local plants, ideas for yard

By Erin McIntyre

I love shopping for plants. But I rarely start at the garden center or nursery. My initial search for a new plant acquisition starts when I’m out and about. I notice a healthy, beautiful catalpa tree in someone’s yard, or maybe I ...


Source of the problem key to figuring out solution

By Dennis Hill

A few years ago, I had a sprinkler system installed and my lawn seeded. In some places the grass is great and in other places it is in clumps, which makes for a bumpy and sorry-looking yard. What is the best way to remedy this ...


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Get rid of garden problems before they grow

By Erin McIntyre

When July arrives, my garden reaches a crossroads. If things have gone well and I’ve kept on top of maintenance, after the intense furnace-blast heat dies down a little, the garden is gorgeous. If I’ve neglected tasks or planned ...


Best way to get rid of grass is with a herbicide

By Dennis Hill

I have a 15-foot by 30-foot area of grass I would like to convert into a vegetable garden next season. What is a safe and effective way to get rid of all that grass? Is rototilling that whole area a time or two this fall likely to get that ...


What to do
 for tomatoes’ blossom-end rot problem?

By Dennis Hill

For the past several gardening seasons, I have had an unusually high incidence of blossom end rot on my tomato vines. I realize this is a physiological problem, but are there certain tomato hybrids more resistant to blossom end rot? I have ...


As the world turns on ‘All my Chickens’

By Erin McIntyre

Welcome to the recap of “All my Chickens,” the real-life soap opera staged in my backyard. This season, we’ve seen a lot in the way of plot development, and we have a few new characters who have joined the show. For those of ...


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MAY YARD OF THE MONTH:

By Staff

When it comes to being connected 
to your food, you can’t be a chicken

By Erin McIntyre

I came home from a trip to find one of my favorite chickens not acting quite right. Kata, who is usually the friendliest of the flock and eagerly comes when I call her, had her head cocked at a bizarre angle and circled the apple tree like a ...


Dike could keep excess water from tree’s roots

By Dennis Hill

Seven years ago, we bought a flowering crabapple tree and planted it. Two sides of it are next to a farmer’s irrigated hay field. The ground around the tree has now settled, making a natural bowl 6–8 inches deep and maybe 8 feet in ...


Plants could be suffering from winter drought

By Dennis Hill

We are fairly new to the valley and are having a problem with some boxwoods we planted next to our house a couple years ago. Our home faces south but we have two globe willows that shade the area part of the afternoon. The boxwoods have some ...


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