Dry lawns  need water

Dry lawns need water

Winter snow is usually not enough moisture to maintain your lawn. (Shutterstock) Despite light snows, the grim truth is that the landscape is thirsty. Though our mountains are snowcapped, lower elevations are dry, and landscapes are getting parched. Carol...
Romance is the legacy of David Austin

Romance is the legacy of David Austin

Garden with English Roses. (Photo: Shutterstock). Near the close of the year, an icon slipped quietly away, leaving behind a legacy of beauty the likes of which few in horticulture will surpass.  The death of David Charles Henshaw Austin, 92, on December 18 was...
Lawn and garden resolutions for a new year

Lawn and garden resolutions for a new year

A little reflection goes a long way to planning to be better in the coming year. (Photo: Shutterstock). Carol O’Meara, Colorado State University Extension When the end of December rolls around, do you find yourself looking at the past year in review or the one...
Mark the Winter Solstice with Greenery

Mark the Winter Solstice with Greenery

We have axial tilt to thank for an upcoming celebration, one that humans have observed for thousands of years. Because our Earth doesn’t stand upright in its orbit – instead it tilts on its axis by 23-and-a-half degrees  – as the planet orbits the sun, the Northern...
Christmas Cactus: A Seasonal Showoff

Christmas Cactus: A Seasonal Showoff

Did the spiky showoff with brilliant pinks, purples, and reds catch your eye as it dangled from a hanging pot in the local greenhouse? If you’re the proud owner of a flowering cactus, you’ll find they’re carefree plants that add color to grey winter days. “The three...
Amaryllis

Amaryllis

  Are you the proud owner of a huge, weird looking bulb that a loved one insists will one day become a big, beautiful flower?  If you’ve been given an amaryllis, remain calm; they’re easy to grow. With a little water, they have all they need to thrive tucked right...
All American Sides: Sweet Potatoes and Squash

All American Sides: Sweet Potatoes and Squash

In the culinary competitiveness of the Thanksgiving season, much noise and ado is made over poultry and side dishes. Cooks strive for greatness in their take on stuffing, outdo themselves in pies, or reach for the Holy Grail eluding many of us: perfectly prepared...
The Right Feeder for Every Bird

The Right Feeder for Every Bird

LONGMONT – As days shorten and the weather turns chilly, gardeners are cleaning up debris, tidying beds, and tucking everything in for the winter. We do so with a sigh of relief; the prolonged pace of tending the garden slows as fall deepens and holidays distract us....
Sacrifice and a Small Red Poppy

Sacrifice and a Small Red Poppy

LONGMONT – A tiny red poppy, placed in the left lapel button, commemorates one of the most horrific wars in history. Engulfing nation upon nation, one hundred years have passed since the signing of the Armistice to end World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of...
Nightmare on Elm Street

Nightmare on Elm Street

LONGMONT – Whenever there’s a remake of a Hollywood classic thriller, I get a bit nervous. Will it be as good as the original, or fall short of the mark? Can the remake become a hit on its own, or will it be an empty imitation of great work? And if the original was...
Put Your Trees and Shrubs to Bed

Put Your Trees and Shrubs to Bed

  LONGMONT – Before you turn your thoughts to indoor entertaining, take advantage of the next warm day to put your trees and shrubs to bed for the season. With a little bit of wrapping and a plan to winter water, your woody plants will weather the worst winter can...
Frost protection

Frost protection

LONGMONT – Though the temperatures keep our hopes alive, the dread frosts of October are becoming reality, nipping back plants and killing tender shoots. Winds are shaking leaves from the trees and the landscape is dotted with pockets of gold, crimson, and orange....
Get Your Ghost On With Pumpkins

Get Your Ghost On With Pumpkins

  LONGMONT –  Ready to start hunting for pumpkins, and want to take the kids someplace fun? Head out to our local pumpkin patches where you’ll get an experience worth howling over.  Memorable fall enjoyment is ripe for picking at area farms, and local growers are...
Save Trees by Winter Watering

Save Trees by Winter Watering

LONGMONT –  I’ve reached the stage in life where I miss the good old days, randomly blurting out grumpy declarations of fond memories of when things were better than now. I harken back at least five years, when September didn’t have week after week of 90-degree...
Colorado Garden – Fall Color

Colorado Garden – Fall Color

LONGMONT – Fall is a time for celebration, with the end of season harvest and cool relief from heat getting us out into the garden to enjoy the autumn sights.  We revel in the changing colors, marvel at the sunflowers’ nodding heads, and laugh as squirrels gather...
Mast year

Mast year

LONGMONT – My neighborhood is filled with curious people, folks who pull out lawn chairs to watch the goings-on in my yard or devise reasons to stroll by for a closer view. I don’t blame them; things at my place are usually on the edge of chaos, what with me...

Your Lawn and Water Needs

LONGMONT – As the heat continues this summer, it’s important to understand how much water your lawn actually needs, how much water you are applying and when is the best time to water. The Rocky Mountain Sod Growers are the experts in the field and want people to...
Sow Vegetables for Fall

Sow Vegetables for Fall

LONGMONT – Gardeners, gather your tools, pick up those gloves and stretch those muscles – planting season is almost upon us. Before you double-check the date on this paper, this isn’t springtime. The planting you’re about to do is for fall. Sowing cool season...