Pest control the natural way

Try fighting pests with their natural enemies! Beneficial insects prey upon pests that damage your plants. In our Garden Shop you can seasonally find ladybugs, praying mantid eggs, earth worms and nematodes. We may also be able to order predatory mites to control spider mites, tricho-gramma to control caterpillars, green lacewings to control aphids and delphastus to […]

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Prune in late winter, early spring for a healthy tree

While light pruning can be done any time of year, late winter and early spring are an excellent time for full-tree pruning. Prune before the tree has begun setting leaves so its resources are devoted to recovery. Dead and diseased branches should be removed first, then secondary cuts for shape, structure (no lopsided trees!) and […]

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Pinch of seed for pounds of produce

With Stay-At-Home orders currently in place, many of us are trying to limit our number of trips to the grocery stores, making it harder to keep fresh produce on our plates. Growing produce from seed is a great alternative and now is the perfect time to incorporate a minor lifestyle change that will yield major […]

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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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Plant a kitchen herb garden

Whether indoors or out, a fresh culinary delight can be found in a kitchen herb garden. It’s easy to do, and a beautiful, edible addition to any garden, patio or windowsill. First, find a container that provides plenty of room for your herbs roots and good drainage. Place a pottery shard or rock over the […]

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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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Growing pumpkins

Pumpkins, with their edible flesh and long storage life are a warm season crop. They require a long growing season of nearly 85 days, so it’s best to start them indoors from seed. About a week after the last frost (on average May 15 along the northern Colorado front range), pumpkins can be planted outdoors. […]

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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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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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