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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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. This 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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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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Winter care for woody shrubs, trees

Don’t forget to water your woody trees and shrubs! Pick a day through the winter that is over 40 degrees and water thoroughly through the winter. Late winter is also a good time to prune deciduous trees and shrubs. Thinning cuts help encourage growth and increase the amount of light reaching inside branches. Winter is also a […]

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Winter herb gardening

Indoor herb gardens are a great way to extend the growing season and spice up culinary dishes. Choosing individual pots for herbs help control the moisture needs of particular plants. Most herbs like to be well watered, but also have good drainage. We recommend using an organic fertilizer high in nitrogen, such as Age Old […]

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Christmas Tree Care

Deck your halls with a fresh cut Lodgepole pine, Scotch pine, Alpine fir or Fraser fir from Fort Collins Nursery! You can keep your tree fresh with a little care. When you get your tree home, cut about an inch off the trunk, and immediately place the trunk in a reservoir of water. Keep this […]

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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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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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Winter watering for Houseplants

Plants need water – just not as much as you’d think.  Many people stick to a watering schedule of about once a week for their houseplants.  While this is generally a good rule to follow, you may need to change your habits in the winter.  The amount of water plants use is reflected by their […]

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Cleaning beds, amending soils

Think there’s nothing to do in the winter garden? Think again! When garden soils soften, and days grow warm, amending soil and cleaning garden beds is the best preparation for a successful spring! Rake leaves, grass clippings, and the remains of the vegetable garden from forgotten corners of the lawn and garden then add to […]

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