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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Adjust watering schedule for autumn, winter

Even though winter is here and plants are dormant they still need winter watering in our high desert climate. We recommend thoroughly watering trees, shrubs, lawns and perennial beds at least once a month. Remember to water when temperatures are above 40 degrees, and with enough time for the water to fully soak into the soil. […]

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Spotting a Fido-friendly lawn

One problem troubling dog owners is urination spots in the lawn. Grass will yellow and die, often ringed by lush, dark green grass. The dead spots are caused by concentrated salt and ammonia in the urine, which has a similar effect of burning from over-fertilization. The myth that female dogs urine is more damaging is […]

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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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Extend vegetable season

Harvest time will start slowing down, but the taste for fresh vegetables never really wanes. Extend your veggie harvest with cold crops. Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kohlrabi and kale do great with cooler weather conditions. Some will even withstand frost or snow with the right protections such as mulching, row covers or using cold frames. […]

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Planting Guide for Trees & Shrubs

Fall is an ideal time to plant deciduous trees and shrubs. Going into winter, the plants go dormant, allowing them to use all of their resources for root establishment. Once, planted, the success of your new trees and shrubs is, quite literally, in your hands. It sounds like a lot of pressure, but don’t worry, […]

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Bringing plants in for winter

Bringing plants in for winter

If you are bringing annuals inside for the winter, be sure to check them for pests! Treat any plants exhibiting signs of pest problems before bringing them into your home – most pests, like the Greenhouse whitefly, will thrive indoors and can wreak havoc on your interior landscape. Not sure if you’ve got a pest […]

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Spiders are beneficial insects

Before shooing away cobwebs, consider the benefits spiders provide for your garden. The majority of spiders found in Colorado are not poisonous and help control harmful insects, such as wasps, flies and mosquitoes. One of Fort Collins Nursery’s resident spiders is the writing spider (or banded garden spider). These green and yellow striped spiders are […]

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Don’t let green tomatoes go to waste

As autumn draws in and nights get colder, you may find yourself with loads of green tomatoes left on the vine. Rather than composting them or letting them go to waste, try this simple trick to ripen them and continue to enjoy homegrown tomatoes just a little longer: Cut the vines and hang them, intact, […]

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Successive sowing in the garden

Successive sowing of seeds in your vegetable garden will ensure a harvest all season long. Plant bush beans, beets, carrots, broccoli, kohlrabi and peas now for a fall crop. Warm season vegetables, such as beans, corn, cucumbers, melons, okra, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, pumpkin and squash should start to flower and fruit. Removing ripe fruit will […]

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