Winterize your lawn, trees & shrubs

Lawns will especially benefit from fall fertilization with a healthier root system, which will mean a dense, green lawn in the spring. In Northern Colorado, lawns can be fertilized right up to Thanksgiving (late November). We recommend either Jirdon Winterizer Fertilizer (conventional) or AlphaLawn Turf Winterizer (organic). Trees and shrubs do best with a complete […]

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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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Plant bulbs in autumn for spring color

Every Autumn, our garden shop is taken over with a diverse selection of bulbs for Spring color! Tulips, daffodils, iris, crocus and more are available in a rainbow of colors. These bulbs can be planted up until the soil freezes, but shop early for the best selection! We also offer amaryllis and paper white bulbs that can […]

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Renew garden soil before winter sets in

After a long and productive growing season, most garden soils can benefit from amendments before the ground freezes. Renew organic matter in the vegetable garden and empty flowerbeds while also clearing the yard of debris. Run a lawn mower over fallen leaves, collect, and spread in beds. Dig and mix leaves into soil to a […]

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Divide and conquer!

Have your irises grown into huge clumps, but not produced blooms like they used to? Some clumps may also have started to lift out of the soil, which is an indication it’s time to divide and conquer. Spring and summer blooming plants like daylilies, iris, daisies, and oriental poppies can be safely divided and transplanted from September […]

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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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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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Plant garlic this fall

Nothing smells as inviting as fresh garlic sautéing in a pan. These tasty bulbs can be added to nearly any style of cuisine, or even roasted and eaten by themselves. Fall is the time to plant garlic for next year’s harvest! This over-wintering bulb needs at least four to six weeks to establish itself. Plant […]

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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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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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