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Bugs in the box elder! How can we treat it?

By Dennis Hill

We have a huge (35–40 foot) box elder tree in our backyard and love it, but we have been invaded by bugs. There are hundreds of them everywhere — they are on our deck, fence, plants, etc. Is there a nonpoisonous way to get rid of ...

Fall is here, be ready for those intruders!

By Erin McIntyre

It’s time to batten down the hatches, folks. Summer is clearly over and we’ve reached that time of year I refer to as “the invasion.” As the morning dews turn to frost, the onslaught is coming. Hordes of critters that ...

Do your research when considering a tree

By Erin McIntyre

Selecting a new tree for your yard is a little bit like dating, I think. I view trees as a long-term commitment, and I’d like to know what a particular tree offers before I get involved, if you know what I mean. Hmmm. I see you have ...

Is there a way to save plum tree with split?

By Dennis Hill

I have a split in the trunk of my ornamental plum tree, and I am wondering what I need to do to save the tree. Any suggestions? — Lori To be honest, I’m less concerned about the crack in the trunk than I am about answering the ...


Thanks to rain, mild heat, it’s Year of the Potato

By Erin McIntyre

You know how in the Chinese zodiac, there’s a year of the dragon, the snake, the ox and so on? When I was a kid and we went to an Asian restaurant, they had these elaborate paper placemats with all the descriptions of what animal you ...


August Yard of the Month

By Staff

No surprise, top books home- and garden-related

By Erin McIntyre

If you’re on Facebook, you’ve probably seen the latest viral list everyone is passing around. “List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way,” it urges, and then you skim everyone’s list of books that have ...

Here are some options for growing a tall barrier

By Dennis Hill

I’m looking to grow a tall privacy barrier in another location. Do you have green giant arborvitae? What about emerald green or American arborvitae or any that work just as good here and grow fast? — Nancy I’m afraid I ...


Don’t miss Mulch Madness sale at landfill

By Erin McIntyre

Wood mulch is one of those unsung landscape heroes. Lowly mulch doesn’t even get noticed by most people. It’s there to do a simple job, to keep soil temperatures more constant, to surround plants, to provide some sort of aesthetic ...

Cold-water spray controls conifer aphids on blue spruce

By Dennis Hill

We have a blue spruce that we got from Bookcliff many years ago. I noticed this spring that something is eating away at the leaves. We had a tree “expert” stop by and he found little black insects. They look kind of like aphids. He ...

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