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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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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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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Fall Planting

Fall Planting

We generally think of spring – a time of new growth and life – as the time to plant everything including trees & shrubs. However, cooler temperatures make fall an excellent time to plant. The soil is warmer than in the spring, and many of us actually have more time to devote to planting trees […]

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Winterize your lawn, trees & shrubs

Lawns will especially benefit from fall fertilization with a healthier root system, which will mean a dense, green lawn in the spring. In Northern Colorado, lawns can be fertilized right up to Thanksgiving (late November). We recommend either Jirdon Winterizer Fertilizer (conventional) or AlphaLawn Turf Winterizer (organic). Trees and shrubs do best with a complete […]

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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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Autumn clean-up

This is the time of year to clean up the garden in anticipation of winter and a carefree spring. Fallen harvests attract unwanted pests. Raccoons, mice, insects and fungus take advantage of your plants for food and habitat. Clearing out vegetable gardens reduces the chances of attracting pests. If you want to encourage wildlife, leave […]

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Protect from frost, cold

Even the hardiest of vegetables and flowers need protection from frost and freezing temperatures. In Northern Colorado, the average last frost occurs in mid-May, and in Southern Wyoming it can be as late as the first or second week of June. In Autumn, the first average frost usually occurs within the first week of October […]

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Houseplant pest control and care

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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