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Gail’s Garden: The large-tool hall of fame

Although your small tools may be the ones you turn to everyday, the larger ones can be even more important in your garden for a variety of reasons. There are a few that are essential and this week...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Living

For bugs, it’s a most wonderful time of the year

Happy Gardening New Year! As I was in the midst of my un-decorating flurry this week, I moved my displaced houseplants back to their permanent spots and noticed that we had uninvited guests come to...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Living

A potted Christmas tree needs a special touch

Choosing the perfect tree is a time-honored family Christmas tradition, but going out into the forest to cut one isn’t the only option. Cut trees provide a wonderful aroma in your home during the...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Living

How to deal with problem of suckers

If you are like many of us and have aspens planted in your Colorado yard, you know that eventually you have to deal with the annoying problem of suckers. While aspens and poplars are notorious for...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Living

Prune tomato plants for better fruit

Mention the word pruning to any gardener, and most will automatically think of tree and shrub pruning. Yet, there are other plants you should be pruning this time of year – your tomatoes. Tomato...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Living

When your maple turns red before its time

One of the maple trees in my yard is looking like fall has arrived because it is already turning red. Since I know it’s way too early for that to happen naturally, that appearance is usually caused...

DATE: July 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Living

Gail’s Garden: The secrets of watering for success

It’s the time in the growing season when that spectacular hanging basket you got for Mother’s Day or the bedding plants you put in a few weeks ago begin to look a little weary. Watering problems...

DATE: June 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Try a weed barrier in face of an invasion

If you hate weeds as much as we do at our house, you look for any available method to keep them at bay. One of my favorites is the use of weed barrier. Weed barrier is a thick, woven material. The...

DATE: June 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Living

Gail’s Garden Prepare your tomato plant for harvest

If you are like many of us, you are starting to plant your vegetable garden right about now. One of the most popular vegetables are homegrown tomatoes and what a summer delight they are! Rich,...

DATE: May 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Living

Choose a lilac for your life

Stories are found in the diaries of early settlers about transporting cuttings of lilacs across the rough, unsettled country and then planting them at the door of their newly established homesteads...

DATE: May 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Living

Gail’s Garden New crab apples remove mess, keep the bloom

Our wet winter has provided us with a glorious spring and of the current show is courtesy of flowering crab apple trees. Blooming from April to June, in the past crab apples have gotten a bad rap...

DATE: May 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Living

It’s time to feed your trees

After you’ve fertilized your lawn, the next chore for the season is to fertilize your trees. Ideally, this should be done before they begin to break dormancy in the spring, and as cool as this...

DATE: April 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Living

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