Lawn and Garden
As the gardening season gets into full swing and you’re looking at your landscape with fresh eyes, it is a great time to reassess what worked last year, what didn’t, and perhaps start trying out some new ideas. Enter, rainwater harvesting!
Given the surreal state of our world, I cannot be more grateful that spring is here. Spring has not heard of the worldwide pandemic, sheltering in place or social distancing, and is insisting on showing up anywhere and everywhere in bunches of riotous bursts.
Eating at home more lately? You are not alone. Consumer food demand has pivoted abruptly over the past two months during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
It’s that grass whose seeds get caught in your shoes and socks when you go hiking, cheatgrass (aka. Downy brome Bromus tectorum, Japanese brome Bromus japonicus) is a winter annual List C noxious weed in Colorado.
Gardeners are good at sharing with others. In good or difficult times, gardeners rise to help with small kindnesses. These everyday things make us happy; it’s how we sow community as well as gardens.
Aeration of your lawn is a simple task that improves the overall growing conditions of your turf and will result in a healthier lawn.
There’s a scratching sound coming from the attic or an unpleasant smell from under your deck or droppings each morning on your front porch. You have become the reluctant host for wildlife. This time of year, squirrels have made their way into attics to give birth and...
As the weather warms and we are spending time outside, we may be noticing “raceways” or small holes in lawns, grassy areas, natural areas and pastures.
In times like these, the whole village needs each other. How can gardeners help? Elizabeth Black, Boulder Culinary Gardeners group, has a few suggestions.
You’re guaranteed to have success using native wildflowers in your Colorado home landscaping. Tips to bring a more natural look to your property.
It is no secret that time spent in the garden has myriad benefits to our health and well-being. It can provide stress relief, mental clarity and moderate (or depending on the task at hand, intense) physical activity.
Whether you’re looking to add privacy to your yard, increase your curb appeal or just keep your pets contained, investing in a fence offers a great solution.
Don Weakland, owner of The Flower Bin in Longmont, would like to congratulate Michael Morris who was recently elected president of the Garden Centers of Colorado.
Given this chasm between “good jobs” and agriculture jobs, Boulder County farmers are feeling the pinch of recruiting and retaining a quality workforce.
You heard the cheeping when you walked into area stores. Now you are thinking about bringing a few chickens home. Here’s a few tips to consider.
A crocus is trying to bloom in a friend’s yard, despite frigid days and snow squalls. She’s not alone in her countdown to spring; many gardeners are pouncing on the slightest signs of green.
Thinking about creating an outdoor oasis of your own? Don’t wait. Spring, or another 70-degree bluebird winter day, will be here before you know it.
The New Year will be rockin’ baby thanks to Proven Winners’ introduction of the Salvia Rockin’ Blue Suede Shoes. Not only will this salvia bring in the hummingbirds, bees and butterflies all summer, but it will be trending with the celebration of 2020 Pantone Color of the Year ‘Classic Blue’.
To celebrate the season, sing along with me (with apologies to the original version of the carol). In the final days of Christmas, the garden calls to me:
Check out the Colorado State University Horticulture Center’s poinsettia sale, where poinsettias grown by students are available for $10 per six-inch pot.
Peanut butter is a special treat for the birds, and if you like birds coming to your sunflower or thistle seed feeders, you will be in birdwatching ecstasy with peanut butter.
Good ideas for gift giving are hard to find when you don’t participate in that hobby; you love your person but can’t relate, especially in gardening. So a few suggestions might help.
Winter is around the corner, so before the holidays distract you and chill days drive you indoors, take advantage of the lingering warmth to tuck the landscape in to bed.
If you’re letting leaves lie you might be adding to plant problems in spring, when insects and fungi shake off the cold to infest the garden. Now that fall snows finally quieted the garden, clean out the guests before winter sets in to ensure your plants get off to a healthy start next year.
The wintry blast we’ve recently received should remind all gardeners that it’s time to plan for helping our gardens through a long, cold, dry winter. While it’s true we just had a wet storm and our plants got a nice drink of water, gardeners should think ahead on how to make sure your plants stay watered in winter.
In celebration of October, I wanted to share a Halloween love story. Recently, I was asked if it’s true that spiders scream while mating. This set me to wondering…..
The abrupt end to the garden season came with an unseasonable chill, smashing record lows and tying for largest temperature drop in one October day every recorded. Plants that normally shrug off a light frost are struggling to find new life, while the tender plants were killed outright.
Think of Halloween and what springs to mind? If Tootsie rolls and dum-dums, snickers, or Reese’s are how you celebrate Samhain, you might want to brush up on your history. The most important of the Celtic fire festivals has a lot more to offer.
I picked up a packet of gourd seeds last spring with the thought that some of the little, colorful things would look great in my fall décor. I imagined tucking them into nooks near pumpkins, by straw bales and corn stalks, even hot gluing them onto a fall wreath. I should have stopped daydreaming and read the seed packet instead.
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 nuts. But what really gets us to stop and stare are the big, bodacious hips mother nature can produce.