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...
“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...
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...
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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.
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...
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...