Add Amaryllis for Indoor Winter Color

Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) are a great way to bring some magnificent color indoors during the gray winter months. Although they naturally bloom in the Spring, many are ‘forced’ to bloom around the holidays, making them popular holiday plants with their large, showy, log-lasting blooms.  Their distinctive lily-like blossoms sit, often in clusters of up to four […]

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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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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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Wrap trees to protect from sun scald

Wrap trees to protect from sun scald

Bright, cold days of winter can cause sunscald on thin-barked woody plants such as willows, aspen, mountain ash and maple. The warmth of the sun heats the bark, essentially waking it from a dormancy. The sudden drop in night temperatures then kills the active bark. Bark will show signs of damage by turning color, splitting […]

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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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Do voles dig your landscape?

If you’ve found damaged plants, mounded soil, and small burrow holes, you may have an unwelcome rodent helping themselves to your garden. Voles, which resemble large mice, are common in Northern Colorado foothills, forests and prairies. Voles live as families in burrow systems and can cause extensive damage to trees,  shrubs and crops (especially root […]

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Are your evergreens looking yellow or brown? This might be why…

Extreme temperature changes over short periods of time during winter months can leave evergreen trees looking a little yellow and sad. There are a number of different reasons an evergreen tree might be turning yellow/brown and/or dropping needles this time of year. Sometimes it’s perfectly healthy, other times it’s not. How do you tell the difference, […]

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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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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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