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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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Growing sunflowers

Sunflowers are not only an attractive flower, they also have rich history providing edible seed crops. Sunflowers do best when planted directly in the soil, after night temperatures warm to above 50 degrees. As their name suggests, need plenty of sunlight (minimum of 6 hours per day). They will also turn their flower heads to […]

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Harden off greenhouse 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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Tomatoes: A taste of summer

One of the most popular additions to any vegetable garden is homegrown tomatoes. Nothing beats the taste of a juicy, sweet tomato that has ripened on the vine. At Fort Collins Nursery, we offer a huge variety of tomato plants and seeds to satisfy your hankering. Our varieties include: Beefsteak, Cherry, Roma, Brandywine, Lemon Boy, […]

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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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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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Help attract beneficial bees and butterflies

Make your garden more hospitable to bees and butterflies! Reduce the use of pesticides Plant nectar-rich food that blooms through the summer Provide a shallow water source and a flat rock Leave a small patch of bare ground for bees to establish underground nests Bees are most attracted to white, yellow, blue, pink and purple […]

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Dormant oil to knock out insects

If you have had an insect infestation, and are worried it will return to plague your fruit, shade and ornamental trees, dormant oil can be applied in late winter and early spring. Dormant oils work to choke off insects where they over-winter inside trees. Some oils poison the pest insects, but leave many beneficial insects […]

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Caring for your lawn

The recommended height for blue grass lawns is 2 ½”-3″. Mow frequently so that no more than 1/3 of the grass height is removed during a single mowing. With this program, you will be mowing every 4-5 days in the Spring and every 7-10 days in the Summer. Keep ryegrass, fescue and wheatgrass to a […]

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Fertilizing Veggies

As vegetables grow in your garden, they remove important nutrients from the soil that are necessary for development.  Adding fertilizer will help replace elements like nitrogen and phosphorus to aid in growth and yield.  There are many methods of fertilizing and many types of fertilizers out there so you have a number of options to […]

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