Preserving home-grown fruits and vegetables

With a wonderful bounty of fresh produce, sometimes the garden overflows. Many home gardeners consider preserving the fruits of their labor to enjoy throughout the years to come. Preserving your own food can also be a big cost savings. Freezing is one of the easiest ways to preserve food, but canning, drying or creating a […]

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Water wisely this summer

As the weather turns warm and dry, now is a critical time to water efficiently. Outdoor water use accounts for about 55 percent of the residential water use in the Front Range urban area, most of which is used on turf, according to the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension. If you just planted a tree, […]

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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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Mum’s the word

Looking for some late-summer, early autumn perennial bloomers? Add a colorful chrysanthemum to your flower bed or fall container garden! Fort Collins Nursery offers hundreds of these prolific, hardy and beautifully bushy perennials. Mums come in a wide variety of colors, from yellow, pink, magenta, red, lavender, and more. Blooms on mums typically last for weeks providing a […]

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Caring for your lawn

The recommended height for blue grass lawns is 2 ½”-3″. Mow frequently so that no more than 1/3 of the grass height is removed during a single mowing. With this program, you will be mowing every 4-5 days in the Spring and every 7-10 days in the Summer. Keep ryegrass, fescue and wheatgrass to a […]

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Fertilizing Veggies

As vegetables grow in your garden, they remove important nutrients from the soil that are necessary for development.  Adding fertilizer will help replace elements like nitrogen and phosphorus to aid in growth and yield.  There are many methods of fertilizing and many types of fertilizers out there so you have a number of options to […]

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Staking and Supports

Now that you put in the time and effort to plant your garden, don’t forget to give your plants the additional support they need to thrive through the summer. Support structures such as garden stakes, trellises and cages encourage a healthier crop and provide many benefits to the plants like proper air circulation and additional […]

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Native shrubs for low maintenance

Our Colorado environment is home to some amazing native shrubs. Not only are these shrubs disease resistant and perfect for our native soil, they attract birds, butterflies and provide year-round interest. Try adding to your landscape a sumac, Apache plume, serviceberry, rabbitbrush, fernbush, mountain mahogany or buffaloberry. These shrubs have some very unique features, such […]

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 Heat Stress

As the summer temperatures start to rise above 85 F., many of our plants will inevitably start to feel the adverse effects of heat stress.  Heat stress occurs when temperatures are hot enough for a sufficient period of time to cause irreversible damage to plant function or development.   Signs of heat stress include wilting, yellowing […]

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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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