Preparing for the first frost

Don’t get caught off guard by the first frost of fall! Here’s a few quick tips to keep your plants as happy as can be: Cover tender garden plants with a frost cloth or cold frame (more info here). Bring tender houseplants indoors, but don’t forget to treat for pests first (more info here). Harvest […]

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Don’t let green tomatoes go to waste

As autumn draws in and nights get colder, you may find yourself with loads of green tomatoes left on the vine. Rather than composting them or letting them go to waste, try this simple trick to ripen them and continue to enjoy homegrown tomatoes just a little longer: Cut the vines and hang them, intact, […]

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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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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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Extend vegetable season

Harvest time will start slowing down, but the taste for fresh vegetables never really wanes. Extend your veggie harvest with cold crops. Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kohlrabi and kale do great with cooler weather conditions. Some will even withstand frost or snow with the right protections such as mulching, row covers or using cold frames. […]

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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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Fall Planting

We generally think of spring – a time of new growth and life – as the time to plant everything including trees & shrubs. However, cooler temperatures make fall an excellent time to plant. The soil is warmer than in the spring, and many of us actually have more time to devote to planting trees […]

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Frost predicted? Cover tender plants

Mid to late September is the average first frost date for Northern Colorado’s front range. But is snow right around the corner? It’s hard to imagine after a long hot summer, bu the average snow fall for Fort Collins in October is 3 inches. You can extend tender plants’ lives by covering them with frost […]

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