Trees Down! Now What?

So your trees suffered damage in a snow storm, and things are looking rough. Whether trees were in full leaf and held the heavy wet snow to the point of breaking, or evergreens bent and snapped under the load, or the snow was simply too much weight to bear, even on dormant deciduous woody plants, […]

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Prune in late winter, early spring for a healthy tree

While light pruning can be done any time of year, late winter and early spring are an excellent time for full-tree pruning. Prune before the tree has begun setting leaves so its resources are devoted to recovery. Dead and diseased branches should be removed first, then secondary cuts for shape, structure (no lopsided trees!) and […]

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Cleaning beds, amending soils

Think there’s nothing to do in the winter garden? Think again! When garden soils soften, and days grow warm, amending soil and cleaning garden beds is the best preparation for a successful spring! Rake leaves, grass clippings, and the remains of the vegetable garden from forgotten corners of the lawn and garden then add to […]

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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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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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Christmas Tree Care

Deck your halls with a fresh cut Lodgepole pine, Scotch pine, Alpine fir or Fraser fir from Fort Collins Nursery! You can keep your tree fresh with a little care. When you get your tree home, cut about an inch off the trunk, and immediately place the trunk in a reservoir of water. Keep this […]

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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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Winter herb gardening

Indoor herb gardens are a great way to extend the growing season and spice up culinary dishes. Choosing individual pots for herbs help control the moisture needs of particular plants. Most herbs like to be well watered, but also have good drainage. We recommend using an organic fertilizer high in nitrogen, such as Age Old […]

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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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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.┬áThis 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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