Broken Limbs and Broken Hearts

Broken Limbs and Broken Hearts

COLORADO – The late May snow storm and freeze is going to be felt for a while. Breaking tree limbs and gardeners’ hearts, that wallop froze buds, fruit, vegetables, and flowers that had all of us eager for summer. Many people are trying to put their split trees back...
Design Recipes: 10 Tips for Affordable Nursery Design

Design Recipes: 10 Tips for Affordable Nursery Design

Nursery design doesn’t have to break the bank. There are a number of cost-saving and creative ideas to create a nursery that is inviting, warm and friendly. When it comes to creating a nursery on a budget, here are some top Design Recipes tips. Paint Painting remains...
What’s the right height for lawn mowing?

What’s the right height for lawn mowing?

While grasses differ region to region, there’s a common theme when it comes to the proper height when mowing the lawn. Here’s what two lawn care professionals from different parts of the country recommend. MOWING COOL-SEASON GRASS Cool-season grasses like Kentucky...

May or may not weather

BOULDER COUNTY – Though the gardens love the wet weather, one thing they could do without is the hail that came with it. If your plants were victims of the savage skies, take heart: it looks bad now but, depending on the plant, its maturity, and time left in the...

Container your plants for relaxation

BOULDER COUNTY – Admit it, when you dream of summer entertaining you envision your patio or deck looking magazine-perfect, complete with a grill, shaded cushioned seats and enough potted plants to rival the botanic gardens. As guests drop in they admire the lush...

Landscape paths to great careers

BOULDER COUNTY – Taking the long view is something at which the landscape industry excels. Planting seeds, their thoughts always have a bit of the far away in them, to when trees become giants, shrubs a haven for wildlife, and flowers transform yards into the...

Plant sales abound

BOULDER COUNTY – “I could give up buying plants, but I’m not a quitter,” was the meme that caught my eye on Facebook the other day, posted on the page Two Women and a Hoe. It describes spring for a gardener perfectly. While we could use self-control at this time of...

Get your grass in shape

BOULDER COUNTY – A long, dry winter takes its toll on many of us, so much so that the first warm rays of spring brings the realization that we’re in sub-par form for having to face the neighbors this summer. Bald spots, oddly growing tufts, and weedy edges all mean...

Vegetable troubleshooting workshop prepares you for spring

BOULDER COUNTY –Pursuing the dream of the perfect vegetable garden is a Don Quixote-esque exercise in Colorado. If the heat doesn’t crisp your crops, an unseasonable snow squall freezes them; hail, micro-bursts, and gale force winds are common. Yet still, we persist...

Real Ospreys of Boulder County

BOULDER COUNTY – As feathered friends take up song and begin the year, indulge me while I talk about a non-gardening topic. High above the Boulder County Fairgrounds drama has unfolded, capturing the attention – and imagination – of fans. The resident ospreys returned...
YardSmart: Two steps to seed starting success

YardSmart: Two steps to seed starting success

Every gardener has watched their seedlings fail on the windowsill. Starting seed indoors isn’t easy, but it’s necessary. In many areas, the last frost is too late for long-term crops like tomatoes that ripen over the summer. We want to start them earlier so seedlings...
Yardsmart: How to create a winter sun space

Yardsmart: How to create a winter sun space

It’s called a  “false spring “ when the weather turns mild for a few weeks between rain and snow storms of late winter. The skies clear and weak winter sun comes shining through as we approach the equinox. Although it may look warm from indoors, the moment you step...
Warm soil to jump start spring

Warm soil to jump start spring

BOULDER COUNTY – Has the unusually warm weather sparked the thought that spring has sprung in your mind? If you’ve been watching your spring bulbs shooting up and raring to go, you might be fooled into thinking we’re off to an early start. NASA tends to agree:...

Spring sprung too soon

BOULDER COUNTY – It started out innocently enough. Strolling past a rose along my drive near the end of February, I noticed something out of the ordinary. Stooping low to get a better view, my fears were confirmed: that plant was starting to leaf out. Shocked, I...
Xeriscape series launches March 6

Xeriscape series launches March 6

BOULDER COUNTY – Local residents with water-wasting lawns – or those who just want to lower their water bills – are invited to attend one of the free upcoming Water-Wise Landscape Seminars in Boulder County. The nonprofit Center for ReSource Conservation, based in...
Office plants lighten the work load

Office plants lighten the work load

Keeping green and growing houseplants as office companions?  The addition of a few foliaged accessories is shown to help reduce stress, increase productivity, enhance employee attitudes, lower operating costs, and improve air quality. Interior spaces aren’t ideal for...
Get ready for seed starting

Get ready for seed starting

If you have a dog that greets you with enthusiasm when you come home, dancing about your feet and letting you know you’re the best thing that’s happened to them all day, you’ll understand what my spouse is going through at our house right now. Instead of the dog,...