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Water Tip, July 18, 2015

By Staff

WATER TIP Shady areas require less water — When watering your turf areas, be aware of shady areas. These areas typically require about 30 percent less water than sunny areas. The shade tends to create a “microclimate” of ...


Professionals offer tips in battling mosquitoes

By Erin McIntyre

​​​​​​​Some uninvited guests are wreaking havoc on Grand Valley backyards this summer. On Orchard Mesa and the Redlands, residents can’t even enjoy their yards without being assaulted by hordes ...


June Yard of the Month

By Special to the Sentinel

With 147 fruit trees and a large vegetable garden, Earl and Floy Young’s yard has been chosen as the June 2015 Yard of the Month. The Youngs’ yard also won the designation in August 2013. The Youngs purchased their home at 2303 N. ...


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 ...


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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