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Tis the season … for fungus gnats

Tis the season … for fungus gnats

Have you noticed an annoying visitor that you haven’t been able to get rid of? We’re not talking about a relative that’s overstayed their holiday welcome … we’re talking fungus gnats. These small black flies live and breed in the soil of houseplants. With each watering, more gnats are given a warm, moist incubator for […]

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Prevent damage to lawn from Snow Mold

Prevent damage to lawn from Snow Mold

As heavy winter snow melts away, you may discover large patches of your lawn that are matted down and appear straw-colored or gray.┬áThis is caused by gray snow mold, a fungus. Cause of Snow Mold Snow Mold occurs when snow or leaves cover lawns for a prolonged period through the winter, especially in shady areas. […]

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Protect trees from heavy snow

All trees can be damaged by heavy, wet snow when still in full leaf. Trees that grow quickly, such as poplars, elms and willows, with deep v-shaped crotches also tend to be more brittle and prone to breakage. Trees that have leaves or needles are more prone to collecting heavy/damaging snow loads than those that […]

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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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What to do with old Christmas trees

Most municipalities in the U.S. offer some kind of recycling program for dried out Christmas trees, and the variety of uses for those tired old trees is truly astonishing. Probably the most common way trees are recycled is via the wood chipper, producing mulch that is then distributed to residents or used in city projects […]

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Short days, grow lights

If you noticed a slight sluggishness in your routine when the days begin to get noticeably shorter, imagine what your sun-loving tropical houseplants are feeling! Houseplants will lose their leaves and grow small, thin leaves in their place when plagued by low-light conditions. Using regular florescent or incandescent bulbs do not typically replace the color […]

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Spider mites love dry indoor conditions

Colorado winters are often a very dry time of year, both inside and out. This warm, dry indoor climate is an optimal condition for spider mites, a common plant pest. Spider mites are small, and difficult to spot. Inspect your houseplants for small flecks of discoloration and leaf loss. They also produce areas of webbing, which […]

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Houseplant Pest Control and Care

After a brief summer vacation outdoors, houseplants come back inside for a comfortable winter. Some may return with unwelcome visitors, such as fungus gnats, whiteflies, mealybugs, scales, aphids or spider mites. Allowing soil to dry between waterings helps discourage egg-laying of pests in soil mixes, as does repotting. Wash pests off leaves with a quick […]

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Start seeds now for strong, healthy plants

The winter months are an excellent time to get a head start on your garden! Seeds are a wonderful and cost-effective way to try new varieties of vegetables. After choosing your seeds, be sure to follow specific starting instructions. Provide a draft-free 65-75 degree area, and a sunny window or full-spectrum grow light to get seedlings […]

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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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