Lawn and Garden

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 crops in...

How to Create the Perfect Vertical Garden

How to Create the Perfect Vertical Garden

Vertical gardening is a great way to maximize your living space and enhance the beauty and enjoyment of your home. Easy to create, customize and care for, a vertical garden can be made of anything from hanging flower pots and plastic soda bottles to old mailboxes,...

Shoo-Fly Shenanigans

LONGMONT – Long ago, I spent many lazy summer days on the front porch of the house on my grandfather’s farm. We’d pass time as children do: drinking cold sodas, annoying the cat, climbing the railings, and daring each other to ride the cantankerous donkey, Jack. There...

Yard Design Trends

Yard Design Trends

  LOVELAND – Spring and summer is a time to recover from the cold winter months and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. As you spend more time in your yard, you may be looking for ways to improve it. Here are some recent outdoor home design trends that may inspire you....

The Struggle with Squirrels is Real

The Struggle with Squirrels is Real

LONGMONT – Four years of escalating tensions with the squirrels in my garden have driven me nuts. Each year dreams of a bounty of squash, tomatoes, melons, and pumpkins are left in ruin as my plants serve as snacks for the bushy-tailed beasts. Though cute and fun to...

Rose Care Tips

Rose Care Tips

LONGMONT – There is a point in summer when gardeners can’t show fear.  The growing season fills all of our spare time – we’re running full tilt, harvesting, weeding, and watering; there’s blooms to pick, mulch to replenish, and insects to fight off.  At a certain...

Six Pet-Safe Ideas for Getting Rid of Weeds

Six Pet-Safe Ideas for Getting Rid of Weeds

  BOULDER–  Boulder County’s growing season is in full bloom – perfect for the plants we want in our garden. But it’s also perfect for weeds. Many of the chemical weed killers are toxic to the environment and to our kids and pets, too. Our furry and young family...

Vegetable Gardening During Drought

Vegetable Gardening During Drought

LONGMONT – As another hot, dry season creeps closer, vegetable gardeners are pondering what they can do to conserve water while getting a bounty for the kitchen. Depending on your area, snowpack fluctuates between a healthy 99-percent of average in the Cache la Poudre...

Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week

Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week

  LONGMONT – It takes a lot to rouse a Lorax, but when trees are threatened, those who speak for the them get moving.  And when that threat is a pest so destructive the Federal Government wants it gone, Loraxes near and far become an army to try and stop it. The...

Colorado Garden Tours Lift Spirits

Colorado Garden Tours Lift Spirits

  LONGMONT – With the snow, rain, and humidity gardens are geared up to produce a season of glorious color. Take advantage of the show by marking your calendars to peek behind walls and fences for ideas to apply to your landscape, courtesy of local garden tours. The...

Sleet, Snow Not a Blast for Fruit Trees

Sleet, Snow Not a Blast for Fruit Trees

  LONGMONT – Rollercoasters aren’t high on my list for fun rides and I’m not at all fond of wet, freezing weather. So the spate of hot-cold-hot at the end of April has made a rather grumpy gardener out of me as I worry about my apple trees and awakening perennials....

Plant Sales Abound in Colorado

Plant Sales Abound in Colorado

LONGMONT – Despite teasing weather from Mother Nature, area gardeners are gearing up for a new season of planting beautiful flowers, delicious fruits, and fresh vegetables. So it’s with joy that we celebrate the advent of local plant sales, each one supporting good...

Gardening to an Age-Old Beet

Gardening to an Age-Old Beet

LONGMONT – While some march to the beat of their own drum, I’d like to drum up support for the beet. Fans have been rooting for this vegetable to be crowned king of the garden, and this year, our dreams are realized: 2018 is the Year of the Beet. The National Garden...

CSU Extension – Get Your Grass in Shape

CSU Extension – Get Your Grass in Shape

  LONGMONT – 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 one...

CSU Extension – All Stink But No Bug

CSU Extension – All Stink But No Bug

  LONGMONT – Good journalism, like great wine, is a commodity that should be sampled and enjoyed often. Indulging in researched, well-written articles keeps the mind sharp and expands our understanding of the world. But as you consume your information, keep in mind...

Early Colorado Plant Sales Promise Summer Beauty

LONGMONT – As daylight creeps longer and warmth start seeping into our bones, gardeners emerge from winter into the sun. Blinking at the awakening landscape, we notice gaps that need filling, and indulge in flights of fancy that include gardens bursting with color. If...

Sow Onions for a Culinary Treat

LONGMONT – As you’re planting your spring kitchen garden, leave room for one of cooking’s basics that’s delicious enough to bring tears to your eyes. Growing onions in Colorado is easy, and if you want to add this allium to your vegetable plot, the time to get...

CSU Extension – Spring Lawn Care

CSU Extension – Spring Lawn Care

LONGMONT – March is roaring in like the lion it is, bringing with it a good amount of moisture for our dry soils. The recent storms with their snowfall were a welcome drink for parched landscapes, and one of the first plants to show their appreciation is lawns....

CSU Extension – Begonia love

CSU Extension – Begonia love

LONGMONT – Every so often a new plant catches my eye, stopping me in my tracks at garden centers with their beauty. In truth, it happens more than I admit; like the dog distracted by squirrels, there are days when I can’t get down an aisle in a greenhouse without...

CSU Extension – Go Forth and Prune

CSU Extension – Go Forth and Prune

LONGMONT – Warm days woo us to get out and get some fresh air, puttering around the yard to take note of winter’s toll. We tell ourselves we’re just going to peek at the garden to see how’ it’s doing, but once under the spell of balmy temperatures, we can’t help but...

CSU Extension – Double Your Houseplant Fun

CSU Extension – Double Your Houseplant Fun

  LONGMONT – Admit it, at one point in your life you’ve coveted someone else’s plant. Sure, you may have been younger and impetuous, or in a weak moment after moving to a new home, but at some time, someone had a houseplant you wanted for your own. So you took a...


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