Seed saving

Saving seeds can be an inexpensive way to continue the great harvest of a vegetable or flower garden. For hundreds of years, it was part of the task of growing food. Now, buying seed packets can be inexpensive and easy, with a wide variety available (especially in our Garden Shop!). If you spread a handful […]

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Add a splash to summer

Add a splash to summer

Now that most of the planting has been done, summer blooms call us to linger in the garden a little longer. As you’re relaxing outdoors, it’s a great time to think structure and embellish your landscape. Have a small, tucked away corner? Add a sturdy garden bench to linger and renew your perspective. Lead the […]

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Seed planting for fall crops

As we reach the mid-point of summer, it is time to start planning ahead and planting seeds for fall vegetable crops like cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce, cabbage, kale, carrots and brussels sprouts.  With lower levels of light, more consistent moisture, and the occasional light frost, cool weather crops can excel well into the waning days of […]

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Pest control the natural way

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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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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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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Toughen up your lawn

Kentucky bluegrass has gotten a bad rap as a high water-consuming lawn grass. Many folks have ripped out bluegrass and started over with fescue, blue gramma or buffalograss. The establishment period of these alternative grasses often takes more water, and usually has to be reseeded. In many periods of drought and watering restrictions, some alternative […]

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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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 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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Control annual weedy grasses

If crabgrass is taking hold in your lawn this summer, now is the time to act. Grassy weeds like quackgrass, crabgrass, tall fescue and bromegrass are common invaders in Colorado lawns. They spread by seed, and have a nasty habit of growing in large, thick clumps. The best control is an herbicide, but it will […]

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