Growing sunflowers

Sunflowers are not only an attractive flower, they also have rich history providing edible seed crops. Sunflowers do best when planted directly in the soil, after night temperatures warm to above 50 degrees. As their name suggests, need plenty of sunlight (minimum of 6 hours per day). They will also turn their flower heads to […]

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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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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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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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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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Yellowing leaves may mean iron deficiency

Do some of your plants look like they need a pick-me-up? Iron supplements can correct chlorotic plants. Symptoms include a general yellowing on all or just part of the plant, along with visibly green veins. Talk to one of our nursery professionals about the right iron product for your situation.        

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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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Speaking of weeds….

Did something new pop up in your garden? Did you hope it was a volunteer? Keep a close eye on your garden for noxious weeds. Invasive, aggressively-spread weeds can take over after very little time. Some of the worst Colorado noxious weeds are:  leafy spurge, spotted knapweed, diffuse knapweed, Russian knapweed, Canada thistle, musk thistle, […]

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Help attract beneficial bees and butterflies

Help attract beneficial bees and butterflies

Make your garden more hospitable to bees and butterflies! Reduce the use of pesticides Plant nectar-rich food that blooms through the summer Provide a shallow water source and a flat rock Leave a small patch of bare ground for bees to establish underground nests Bees are most attracted to white, yellow, blue, pink and purple […]

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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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