How to keep your patio furniture looking fabulous

How to keep your patio furniture looking fabulous

Outdoor living is one Colorado’s top perks. To make the most of it, your outdoor furniture needs to be worthy of center stage, but the Colorado sun, wind and temperature fluctuations quickly degrade items left outside. Maintenance is the key to keeping your outdoor...
Shrug off cold effects with fertilization

Shrug off cold effects with fertilization

As a teacher of gardening, there are times when Mother Nature drives me crazy.  Just as I’m explaining to classes that here in the Rocky Mountains soil temperatures are every bit as important as frost dates for planting, she sends freezing rain, snow and hail after...
Add beauty, safety to your home with outdoor lighting

Add beauty, safety to your home with outdoor lighting

The right outdoor lighting can redefine a property, adding not only safety and security but expanding the use of the yard and beautifying the space. Whether starting from scratch or retrofitting an existing yard, the most important trend today is installing LED...
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...