The Buzz About Bees

by Zack Hill

Normally on bright sunny afternoons, when there is no work to be done, and I have a free morning or afternoon to sit and enjoy myself in my garden, I love to watch all the comings and goings of the life that is constantly rampaging through my backyard. I will see neighborhood cats taking naps in the sunshine or dragonflies examining all the dandelions that I have been too lazy to remove. One thing I have noticed, however, that’s weighed heavily on my mind is how few...


Tree & Shrub Planting Guide

Do-It-Yourself Planting can be a lot of fun, but there are some things you need to know before you start.

The Guide

Where: Know your plant's sun and water needs, and mature size when you choose a location. Remember to contact before you dig.

When: The best times to plant trees or shrubs in Colorado are Spring (March 15th-June 15th) or Fall (September 1st- October 15th). New plantings do best in moderate temperatures.

What You'll Need:...


Arbor Day: A Little History

“Each generation takes the Earth as trustees.”—J. Sterling

We all know Arbor Day as a day to plant, celebrate, and talk about trees. But how did this holiday begin? What some may associate with more modern environmental causes, the history of Arbor Day actually takes roots all the way back in 1872, and of all places, in Nebraska.

J. Sterling Morton was a pioneer, settling in Nebraska, and a strong advocate for trees. He recognized the need for trees in the Plains...


Early Spring Lawn Care

Good lawn care requires attention year-round. The good news is, the steps can be simple! Here are some of our products for early spring lawn care that will feed your lawn and also prevent new weed seeds from germinating.

Pro-tip: It is a great idea to fertilize your lawn right before it rains so that Mother Nature will water it in for you!


Alpha One Natural Organic Lawn & Garden Fertilizer. Alpha One is located...


Featured Plants

Hardy Mums


Limoncello Barberry


Dart's Gold Ninebark







What to Plant this Fall

Summer may be coming to end, but autumn is a great time for gardening! Here is a list of some plants that look amazing during the fall.

Flowering Pear Trees are spectacular and have excellent fall color and an exciting spring bloom. Chanticleer Pear and Javelin Pear have it all, beautiful white spring flowers and yellow orange, red and purple fall color. These trees are resistant to Fire Blight and a fast growing, well performing tree in the Fort Collins area.



Trees are Cool

Summer is hot. Shade trees are cool. Trees in general omit water vapor from their leaves which cools the air. Shade trees offer additional protection to you and your home. You can plant them to sit under and to create a shade barrier from the intense morning and evening sun.

A few tips when planting shade trees: plant in varying sizes. Depth equals oxygenated and cool air. Any tree casts shade, broad coverage is what makes a good shade tree. It takes a while for a tree to be full grown so grow...


Lush and Xeric

Xeric plants that will thrive even when your neighbor's landscape is wilting under the heat:


Mountain Mahogany

Native, hardy, uniquely textured foliage, grows large, mahogany wood.



Texas Red Yucca

Indigenous peoples used this plant for rope. It has beautiful red flower and is strong which makes it good for rope, cords, clothes, bedding mats etc.



Sand Cherries

Creeping, extremely hardy.




Blooming Perennials

Vibrant plants that bloom year after year! Here is a sampling of some perennials we carry that are blooming right now:


Columbine: Colorado's state flower, spring bloomers, re-seed readily, good for naturalizing, low maintenance



Peony: Giant blooms, fragrant flowers, comes in many different colors, full sun



Clematis: Large flowers with...


Hail Recovery

There is never a dull moment when you  are gardening in Colorado! If the spring storms are beating up your garden, here are some tips to help them recover!

You can apply organic Bonide Copper Fungicide as soon as possible after the storm on your plants’ wounds. This will help prevent fungal infections.
Keep as many remaining leaves as possible.  If more than half of a leaf is intact, leave it and let it create energy for the plant.
Remove broken and shredded leaves, stems...