Lawn and Garden

Care of holiday plants

Care of holiday plants

Small pines, aromatic mini-trees, and flowering cacti are the perfect touch for your décor. Try these care tips:

Winter bird feeding with native plants

Winter bird feeding with native plants

Here are some trees, shrubs and perennials you might consider adding to your landscape. They not only provide food and shelter for birds and wildlife but also provide winter interest in your landscape.

Halloween mythconceptions

Halloween mythconceptions

Halloween horrors aren’t always connected to the spirits of the dead, even though the ancient holiday is. Some of the spookiest creatures on the planet are products of human imagination trying to explain the workings of Mother Nature, or using Mother Nature to...

All fired up about fall

All fired up about fall

We all need to muse more, and fall is the perfect time for sitting, pondering and reflecting, particularly in front of a fire.

Gardening is exercise

Gardening is exercise

I recently underwent a health assessment which involved a lengthy questionnaire on how I care for myself. Things went smoothly until the interviewer asked about any exercise I routinely do. I said “gardening.”

What makes weeds so successful?

What makes weeds so successful?

What characteristics make weeds so successful and able to annoy us and resist our attempts to eliminate them from our properties?

Lawns browning from heat

Lawns browning from heat

When the heat switched on, lawns stressed, with Kentucky Bluegrass going dormant to escape the near-hundred degree temperatures. Brown spots in yards are blooming faster than the roses.

Artificial turf and how it has evolved

Artificial turf and how it has evolved

We’re getting more proficient at making artificial things appear like the real thing. From plant-based Impossible Burgers to porcelain tiles that are the spitting image of marble, reproductions sometimes offer benefits that improve upon the real deal. Artificial grass has improved over time, too.

Turf benefits environment and increases property values

Turf benefits environment and increases property values

Turf often gets a bad rap. Because people do not really understand the water requirements of their lawns, or newly established sod, it is often mischaracterized as a water guzzler. However, grass doesn’t waste water, people do.

The annual weeds of summer

The annual weeds of summer

With the recent moisture and the heat of summer, summer annual weeds have sprouted and are growing in Colorado.

Help plants beat the summer heat

Help plants beat the summer heat

Summer heated up in a hurry in Colorado, and yards, vegetables and trees are showing the price of the record heat in between the rains.

Patience is the key to planting

Patience is the key to planting

The cool, wet weather we’ve been enjoying has had gardeners impatiently waiting for the soil to warm and the skies to stop peppering us with hail so our plants can finally go outside.

Plan to conserve water this year

Plan to conserve water this year

Recent downpours, in some areas of the state, have resulted in the Rocky Mountain Sod Growers (RMSG) once again stressing water conservation moving into the growing season.

Grow to fight hunger

Grow to fight hunger

Colorado Gardeners: Let’s plan for that bounty this year in order for others to eat, let’s sow for our community as well as ourselves.

Not all compost is created equally

Not all compost is created equally

I spoke with Landscape Designer, Shanti Schultz of Love in Bloom and asked if she prefers plant or manure-based compost for her projects. She said that for vegetables, fruit trees and lawns she likes to use manure, and for ornamental beds she prefers plant based.

Seed labels

Seed labels

We are told to read labels and instructions on just about everything we purchase whether it is a new cell phone, food or pesticide. This is also the case with seed.

How to design a stunning spring garden

How to design a stunning spring garden

As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers and if you want to get the most out of your buds, you’ll have to take the proper steps to carefully design your spring garden.

Gardeners, get ready for planting

Gardeners, get ready for planting

Spring in Colorado brings out the best and worst in gardeners, who have been pining for the warm, longer days of the growing season.

Keeping your chicks healthy

Keeping your chicks healthy

You decided that you want to keep a few chickens so that your family has fresh eggs. You have all the equipment to house and feed them but how do you keep them healthy?