Apply pre-emergent in early spring

Apply pre-emergent in early spring

Many of the best lawns are spoiled by a stubborn patch of crabgrass that sneaks back year after year. Crabgrass and annual weeds, including some broadleaf weeds, can be controlled with a pre-emergent herbicide. To be effective, pre-emergents need to be applied in early spring, before seeds germinate. Weeds seeds germinate when soil temperatures are […]

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Cut back ornamental grass

Cut back ornamental grass

After ornamental grass has displayed great winter interest to the landscape, it is finally time to cut it back for new growth. Use sharp hedge shears for a clean cut about 4-6  inches from the soil level. Did your grass become overcrowded and lose some vigor? You can also divide grasses after trimming them back […]

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Test soil before amending

Test soil before amending

Soil tests are one of the most essential keys to a successful landscape. Many people add an all-in-one fertilizer every spring, thinking one application and forget about it. This can actually build up nutrients to levels that lead to plants’ decline. Besides basic at-home test kits available at the nursery, we have the added benefit […]

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Pinch of seed for pounds of produce

With rising gas prices, and grocery market mark up, eating fresh produce can make quite a dent in your pocketbook. Healthy, homegrown fruits and vegetables are a fraction of the cost, and need no shipping to get to your plate! A few ounces of seeds will produce many pounds of fresh produce (sometimes too many pounds!). […]

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Protect from frost, cold

Even the hardiest of vegetables and flowers need protection from frost and freezing temperatures. In Northern Colorado, the average last frost occurs in mid-May, and in Southern Wyoming it can be as late as the first or second week of June. In Autumn, the first average frost usually occurs within the first week of October […]

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Harden off plants before transplant

Ever wonder why you’d need to harden off a vegetable starter plant? This term refers to the acclimation process of preparing a plant to move from warm indoor growing conditions to cooler outdoor conditions. About two weeks before planting, move plants outdoors to an area protected from blustery winds. Each day, gradually give them more […]

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Flowering trees welcome spring

Flowering trees welcome spring

Crabapple, redbud, pear, hawthorn and plum trees have a wonderful way of announcing, “Spring is here!” After a long, cold winter, these trees are some of the first to wake up and share their fragrant, vivid blossoms. Not only do many of these trees produce edible fruit, but also are well adapted to Front Range […]

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Cool season vegetable gardens

Cool season vegetable gardens

Late March is a great time to start planting cool season vegetables. Cool season crops prefer cool daytime temperatures of 60 to 80 degrees, and down to 40 degrees at night. Semi-Hardy vegetables such as beets, carrots, cauliflower, parsley, parsnips, potatoes and Swiss chard are less tolerant of a frost, and may need some additional protection. Using […]

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Give your lawn a breath of fresh air

Give your lawn a breath of fresh air

As soon as the soils warms in Spring, it’s a good time to have your lawn aerated. Aeration, which is better for your lawn then thatch raking, will reduce soil compaction and to improve nutrient and moisture delivery. Lawns will also benefit from more oxygen to the grasses’ root system. If thatch in your lawn […]

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Speaking of weeds….

Speaking of weeds….

Did something new pop up in your garden? Did you hope it was a volunteer? Keep a close eye on your garden for noxious weeds. Invasive, aggressively-spread weeds can take over after very little time. Some of the worst Colorado noxious weeds are:  leafy spurge, spotted knapweed, diffuse knapweed, Russian knapweed, Canada thistle, musk thistle, […]

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