Houseplant pest control and care

After a brief summer vacation outdoors, houseplants come back inside for a comfortable winter. Some may return with unwelcome visitors, such as fungus gnats, whiteflies, mealybugs, scales, aphids or spider mites. Allowing soil to dry between waterings helps discourage egg-laying of pests in soil mixes, as does repotting. Wash pests off leaves with a quick […]

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Autumn clean-up

This is the time of year to clean up the garden in anticipation of winter and a carefree spring. Fallen harvests attract unwanted pests. Raccoons, mice, insects and fungus take advantage of your plants for food and habitat. Clearing out vegetable gardens reduces the chances of attracting pests. If you want to encourage wildlife, leave […]

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Preserving home-grown fruits and vegetables

With a wonderful bounty of fresh produce, sometimes the garden overflows. Many home gardeners consider preserving the fruits of their labor to enjoy throughout the years to come. Preserving your own food can also be a big cost savings. Freezing is one of the easiest ways to preserve food, but canning, drying or creating a […]

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Spiders are beneficial insects

Before shooing away cobwebs, consider the benefits spiders provide for your garden. The majority of spiders found in Colorado are not poisonous and help control harmful insects, such as wasps, flies and mosquitoes. One of Fort Collins Nursery’s resident spiders is the writing spider (or banded garden spider). These green and yellow striped spiders are […]

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Invasion of lady bugs

Lady Beetles, or Lady Bugs, are very beneficial insects in the garden. They often make a meal of harmful insects such as aphids and spider mites. But when the temperature drops, Lady Bugs have been known to gather in mass and seek shelter inside homes. These beneficial bugs do not cause damage, and may just […]

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Bringing plants in for winter

Bringing plants in for winter

If you are bringing annuals inside for the winter, be sure to check them for pests! Treat any plants exhibiting signs of pest problems before bringing them into your home – most pests, like the Greenhouse whitefly, will thrive indoors and can wreak havoc on your interior landscape. Not sure if you’ve got a pest […]

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Prevent damage to lawn from Snow Mold

Prevent damage to lawn from Snow Mold

As heavy winter snow melts away, you may discover large patches of your lawn that are matted down and appear straw-colored or gray.┬áThis is caused by gray snow mold, a fungus. Cause of Snow Mold Snow Mold occurs when snow or leaves cover lawns for a prolonged period through the winter, especially in shady areas. […]

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Spotting a Fido-friendly lawn

One problem troubling dog owners is urination spots in the lawn. Grass will yellow and die, often ringed by lush, dark green grass. The dead spots are caused by concentrated salt and ammonia in the urine, which has a similar effect of burning from over-fertilization. The myth that female dogs urine is more damaging is […]

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Mum’s the word

Looking for some late-summer, early autumn perennial bloomers? Add a colorful chrysanthemum to your flower bed or fall container garden! Fort Collins Nursery offers hundreds of these prolific, hardy and beautifully bushy perennials. Mums come in a wide variety of colors, from yellow, pink, magenta, red, lavender, and more. Blooms on mums typically last for weeks providing a […]

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What to plant in the fall?

Perennials such as mums, asters, hibiscus and ornamental grasses are showing fabulous fall color, shape and texture. Trees and shrubs do very well getting established when planted in Fall. Start planning spaces now for early-blooming spring bulbs such as daffodils, crocus and tulips, which will arrive at the nursery in September.

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