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  • Spring Lawn Care Refresher

    Spring Lawn Care Refresher

    May 20, 2016
    One of my neighbors once remarked “if lawns look so good in spring, what happens to them by summer?”

    The short answer is most folks take their spring lawn care for granted, and then try to catch up in summer. The problem with that approach is spring lawn care is an important step to a healthy summer lawn.

    Spring lawn care actually starts in fall. The last lawn fertilizing of the season, around October, gives the spring lawn a head start. It’s the reason why some lawns green up so quickly in spring.

    If you neglected that fall fertilizing, make a point to get it on the schedule for this year...

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  • How To Plant Dinner Plate Dahlias

    How To Plant Dinner Plate Dahlias

    May 13, 2016
    If you want to add some spectacular flowers to your garden this summer, plant dinner plate dahlias. These huge flowers grow on tall bushy plants that make a bold statement in the landscape.

    Nick Sr dahlias are a special variety that grow to the size of dinner plates with 10” ruffled petal blooms. The ruffle turns to show a creamy second color for more pizazz in the garden. These flowers are late bloomers in the garden.

    This dahlia variety was named Nick Sr, after its breeder and grower, who also shares a name with Nick Ortega, the founder of Nick’s Garden Center.

    Dahlias are popular summer-blooming flowers that are grown as a tender annual in our region. Gardeners can get many seasons of flowers when they plant these bulbs (actually dahlias are tubers) in spring and dig them up for storing in fall...

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  • What To Plant In May

    What To Plant In May

    May 6, 2016
    May weather is so unpredictable, it seems like there are three gardening seasons in the span of 31 days. Make the most of this unsettled weather by dividing the month into thirds. Plan for planting in early May, the middle of May and the end of May.

    In early May it’s still cool enough to plant transplants of cool-season vegetables like lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts.

    Plant trees, shrubs and container roses in early May before the weather heats up.

    Add perennial fruit crops to the landscape such as blackberries, currants, gooseberries, grapes, raspberries and goji berries. Grow blueberries in acidic soil to get the best results...

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  • How To Avoid Summer Lawn Weeds

    How To Avoid Summer Lawn Weeds

    April 28, 2016
    Some gardeners take a laissez faire or lazy approach to weedy lawns, letting nature take its course. Others prefer perfect lawns by declaring an all-out war on weeds. Then there’s the weed approach that falls somewhere in the middle – learning to live with a few weeds.

    The best way to avoid a weedy lawn is by being proactive about its care. Good lawn care practices, like core aerating, fertilizing, watering, and proper mowing, all work together to build a thick healthy lawn that prevents weeds from sprouting in the first place.

    But if your lawn is thin, drought-stressed or otherwise damaged, weeds may have already taken over. April is the time to tackle lawn weeds before they can grow, flower and go to seed. You’ve heard the old gardener’s saying haven’t you? “One year of seeds means seven years of weeds.”

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    Take Time For Transplanting

    April 21, 2016
    April is a good time to look around your landscape for plants ready to be transplanted. These plants are the perennial flowers, shrubs and small trees that need a more suitable space, are overgrown, crowded, or started growing in an undesirable spot.

    There are advantages to transplanting while the weather is cool and plants are still small:
    • Reduces transplant shock.
    • Makes for a healthier garden.
    • Fills in empty spaces.
    • Creates room for new plants.
    • Produces plant starts to pass along to others.

    Transplanting is a pleasant spring gardening task, and here are tips for making the process an easy one: 1. Be prepared. You’ll need containers, potting soil, and a garden trowel or shovel...

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    Arbor Day Tips For Planting Trees

    April 14, 2016
    April gives gardeners two opportunities to get back to our roots – Earth Day and Arbor Day. The best way to celebrate these two gardening holidays is by planting trees. 

    Early spring is the perfect time to plant trees in our region. Whether you want to add a fruit tree, shade tree or evergreen to your landscape, the cooler spring weather makes for an easier tree transition.

    The trees at Nick’s Garden Center are medium dormant, meaning they’re just beginning to come out of their dormant period and starting to grow. These are trees that are still leafless, but ready for planting...

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  • What to Plant Now

    What to Plant Now

    April 7, 2016
    It’s time to celebrate the changing of the seasons! While March is still too early to plant warm-season vegetables, there are plenty of hardy, cool-season plants to keep gardeners busy. 

    Here are some ideas to help you get started on your spring planting:

    Plant an assortment of colorful pansies. These hardy flowers are perfect for gardens that may still get covered with snow. But pansies will bounce right back.

    Start seeds indoors. Get a head start on the season by starting tomato, pepper and eggplant seeds inside. Flower seeds like salvia, lobelia and impatiens can also be started indoors now.

    If the weather is warm and the soil is workable, you can start planting seeds outdoors. Use a soil thermometer to make sure the soil is at least 40 degrees. Cool-season plants can take a little cold weather for early crops.

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    How to Start Seeds - Part 2

    MARCH 27, 2016
    Gardeners in our region often start their seeds indoors to get a head start on spring planting. There’s really nothing to seed starting, if you follow a few basic steps.

    First, you’ll need a few supplies. Seeds (of course), seed starting mix, a seed starting tray or containers, a trowel, watering mister, plant labels and source of light.

    There are at least two ways to start your seeds:

    • Start seeds in ready-to-grow peat pellets.
    • Start seeds in seed trays filled with seed-starting mix.

    You can be successful with either method. Starting seeds in peat pellets means you can plant the expanded pot and transplant right into the garden. In seed trays, you may need to transplant the small plants into larger containers before moving them outside.

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    How to Start Seeds - Part 1

    MARCH 20, 2016
    Spring is in the air and gardeners can’t wait to get their hands in the soil. Now’s the time to start the seeds for the plants you want to grow this summer. The first step in starting seeds indoors can be difficult. With so many seeds to choose from, how do you decide which ones to plant?
    • Look for high-quality seeds from a reliable source.
    • Check each seed packet to ensure it was packaged for the current season.
    • Make sure the packet gives complete planting information (when to plant, how to space seeds and number of days to germination and/or days to maturity).
    • Choose seeds that match our region’s growing season.
    • Select the plants you have space for and will enjoy growing and using.
    Denver metro area gardeners have an easier time than other gardeners. We’re lucky to have several seed companies practically out our backdoor. BBB Seeds, Botanical Interests and Lake Valley Seed Company are all located in the Boulder area.

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    Plant Ornamental Alliums for Vertical Interest

    mARCH 10, 2016
    If there’s ever been a season to plant ornamental alliums, this is it. Unlike their distant cousins, garlic and shallots, gardeners grow ornamental alliums because they add vertical interest to the garden. Their long stems and perfectly round flowers look like an exclamation point in the landscape.

    These ornamentals, also called “flowering onions” not only add a new dimension to flower beds, they attract bees and butterflies like crazy. But deer and some insect pests are repelled by the sulfur-like compounds in the foliage.

    Those are just a few reasons why the National Garden Bureau awarded ornamental alliums with its special Plant of the Year designation for 2016...

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  • Gardening Checklist for December

    Gardening Checklist for December

    December 4, 2015
    Have you thought about planting a living Christmas tree this season? If so, you’ll be able to enjoy the tree for years after the holiday. When you buy a living Christmas tree, plan for it to be indoors for only 5-7 days at the most. Keep it in the garage until it’s time to bring it inside, place it in the coolest part of the house, and keep it watered. Decorate with light-weight ornaments and miniature lights only. After the holiday, plant it as soon as possible.

    Here are other ways to help make your season bright:

    Give flowering houseplants as holiday and hostess gifts (and buy a few for you, too). To make a special impression, look for blooming seasonal plants that will last into the New Year. Red and white cyclamen plants, colorful hydrangeas, Christmas cacti, and Norfolk pine trees add extra joy and color this time of year...

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    How To Grow African Violets

    November 27, 2015
    A small container of African violets is one of the easiest ways to add some greenery to your indoor scenery. With their long-lasting colorful flowers, it’s no wonder African violets are some of the most popular house plants around.

    African violets may look like their namesake – and they do come from Africa – but they aren’t true violets. Their botanical name is Saintpaulia ionantha and they originated from a different family of low-growing flowering plants.

    African violets feature rounded, velvety leaves and dainty flowers that range in color from traditional violet to blue, white, purple, red and soft pink. The flowers, with their bright yellow stamens, can be single, double or feature fanciful ruffles...

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  • How To Force Paperwhite Bulbs

    How To Force Paperwhite Bulbs

    November 13, 2015
    Few things are as cheery as fragrant Paperwhite Narcissus blooming indoors. These delicate-looking bright white flowers are a distant relative of daffodils, and gardeners have enjoyed forcing them to bloom for generations. One of the reasons Paperwhites are a favorite is they require little care to achieve beautiful results.

    The fragrant flowers grow on long stems above tall graceful green leaves. If you plant Paperwhite bulbs in early December—or give them as a holiday gift—they’ll bloom for up to six weeks. Continue planting in succession every few weeks and you’ll be able to enjoy these flowers during the coldest, darkest days of winter.

    Just about any container can be used to force Paperwhite bulbs, as long as it doesn’t have drainage holes. The bulbs can be grown in small pots, tall vases, terra-cotta containers or in a simple bowl with water and a layer of gravel, pebbles, marbles or small decorative stones...

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  • NOVEMBER GARDENING CHECKLIST

    November Gardening Checklist

    November 1, 2015
    Now’s the time to finish up the last outside garden details before moving your gardening indoors. November is a good time to buy a bunch of flower bulbs and use them for forcing blooms inside. Flowers like tulips, crocus, hyacinth, daffodil, paper whites and amaryllis provide added color over winter.

    Here are a few other gardening ideas to keep you busy this month:

    Scoop up any remaining pumpkins, colorful squashes and decorative gourds for decorating the Thanksgiving table. Get the kids involved in making a scarecrow to help the vegetable garden look less empty.

    Buy a roll or two of tree wrap and take time to wrap the trunks of young deciduous trees to protect them from harsh winter sun and wind....

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  • Getting The Garden Ready For Winter

    Getting The Garden Ready For Winter

    OCTOBER 10, 2015
    When the first wave of cold weather hits, it’s tempting to quietly close the door on the garden. But hardy gardeners know it’s still too soon to stop for the season. Cold temperatures are simply nature’s way of reminding us a few good gardening days remain.

    Instead of  avoiding the landscape in fall, consider this time of year as the first step toward a healthy garden next spring. The more you can tackle now, the less you’ll have to do next season.

    For the vegetable garden it's important to remove all the dead plants, vines and leaves because insect pests and plant diseases can overwinter in garden debris. If powdery mildew or other plant diseases showed up in your garden this year, be especially thorough with the garden clean-up to prevent problems next season...

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  • Gardening Checklist For October

    Gardening Checklist For October

    October 1, 2015
    October is the time when my garden slows down, and so do I. The cooler weather and slower pace always remind me of James Whitcomb Riley’s cheery old fall poem called “When the Frost is on the Punkin.” This poem is a good reminder to stock up on pumpkins and other colorful gourds for the season ahead. Here are a few other ways to make the most of October:

    Enjoy Jack-o’-lanterns longer. If you want to keep your Halloween Jack-o’-lantern from shriveling before the holiday, delay cutting it until late in the month. Then coat the inside and outside with petroleum jelly to keep it looking fresher longer.
     
    Keep preserving. The garden, so lush and green just weeks ago, is fading fast. Save as much from the garden as you can. Dry or freeze culinary herbs, save favorite vegetable and flower seeds and preserve vegetables by freezing, canning or dehydrating. Buy roasted chile peppers and red chile ristras to enjoy in flavorful recipes all winter...

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  • Fall Planting for Color

    Fall Planting for Color

    September 23, 2015
    It was such a cool wet spring leading into a cool start to summer, that the pansies in my garden lasted into July. Now that’s how to get a lot of bang for the fall-planting buck.

    While I can’t always count on pansies to last that long into summer, I can count on them to be cold-hardy plants that are much tougher than their wimpy name suggests.

    Pansies grow best when planted in the fall in a garden spot that’s shaded from the sun. Plant now and they’ll offer nice fall color while setting roots before the soil freezes. During extended warm weather into late fall, pansies will continue to bloom.

    In spring, you’ll be rewarded for your fall-planting efforts when these cheery flowers pop up again...

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  • Late Summer Lawn Care 2015

    Late Summer Lawn Care 2015

    September 16, 2015
    If you’re happy that lawn-care season is almost over, think again. The most important lawn care of the entire year should happen in late summer and early fall.

    Right now is the best time to get your lawn in good shape so it can weather the winter and emerge thick and healthy next spring.

    Here are the top 7 ways to help tackle the turf:

    1. Core aerate the lawn. Even if you aerated in spring, schedule another core aeration date, and be sure to water the lawn a day or two before aerating. Aerating with a machine that pulls plugs from the lawn will help reduce problems with thatch or fungal diseases and loosen up compacted soil...

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  • Plant New Shrubs, Perennials And Trees

    Plant New Shrubs, Perennials And Trees

    September 9, 2015
    Many annual plants start to look a little ragged by August—just like the gardeners who tend them. So this is a perfect time to give annual flower containers a little pick-me-up so they’ll look good until it’s time to put the garden to bed.

    Here are some top tips for refreshing your annual container display:

    Remove annuals that are past their prime. Some plants just fall apart in summer heat and can’t be revived to their former glory. Use a trowel to carefully lift plants from the container and toss on the compost pile.

    Fill in bare spots. If containers look a little lean, add some new plants. Late season annuals will carry the garden through the fall. Look for marigolds, cosmos, zinnia or fill in with...

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  • Gardening Checklist For September

    Gardening Checklist For September

    September 2, 2015
    Many annual plants start to look a little ragged by August—just like the gardeners who tend them. So this is a perfect time to give annual flower containers a little pick-me-up so they’ll look good until it’s time to put the garden to bed.

    Here are some top tips for refreshing your annual container display:

    Remove annuals that are past their prime. Some plants just fall apart in summer heat and can’t be revived to their former glory. Use a trowel to carefully lift plants from the container and toss on the compost pile.

    Fill in bare spots. If containers look a little lean, add some new plants. Late season annuals will carry the garden through the fall. Look for marigolds, cosmos, zinnia or fill in with...

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  • Time to Refresh Tired Containers

    Time to Refresh Tired Containers

    August 26, 2015
    Many annual plants start to look a little ragged by August—just like the gardeners who tend them. So this is a perfect time to give annual flower containers a little pick-me-up so they’ll look good until it’s time to put the garden to bed.

    Here are some top tips for refreshing your annual container display:

    Remove annuals that are past their prime. Some plants just fall apart in summer heat and can’t be revived to their former glory. Use a trowel to carefully lift plants from the container and toss on the compost pile.

    Fill in bare spots. If containers look a little lean, add some new plants. Late season annuals will carry the garden through the fall. Look for marigolds, cosmos, zinnia or fill in with...

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  • Solving Tomato Problems

    Solving Tomato Problems

    August 19, 2015
    If you’ve struggled with your tomato crop this season, raise your hand.

    It’s been a tough tomato-growing year because of the long months of cool, wet weather. Tomatoes are tropical plants and they grow best with warm temperatures during the day that carry over into night.

    This season tomato crops may mature later than usual, so let’s hope for a few more months of warm weather into fall. Until then, here are some common tomato problems you might see in your vegetable garden and what to do about them: Leaf problems: Leaves are curled with purple veins? The plant may be infested with psyllids, tiny insects that feed on the plants...

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  • Keeping Plants Healthy While You`re Away

    Keeping Plants Healthy While You’re Away

    August 12, 2015
    Some gardeners refuse to take a vacation in summer because they don’t want to leave their yard and garden. Other gardeners can’t wait to take a break from the constant pressure of keeping up, so they hang it up before the season is over.

    Then there are the gardeners who plan ahead for leaving the garden for a week or so to enjoy a change of summer scenery.

    Those clever gardeners have devised ways to make sure the garden is in good shape when they get home. Here are some of their top suggestions, starting with the easiest first...

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  • Gardening Checklist For August

    Gardening Checklist For August

    August 5, 2015
    The meteorologists are predicting a somewhat wetter-than-average August. That shouldn’t surprise gardeners one bit because that’s been the pattern ever since our Mother’s Day snowstorm. Instead of sulking about it, let’s embrace it. Here’s how to make the most of the garden this month:

    Patrol for insect pests. Cooler, wetter weather seems to have increased the number of insect pests. Check containers and garden beds for slugs every morning, remove and dispose. Treat plants by sprinkling diatomaceous earth on leaves and the soil around stems. Reapply after rain...

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  • What’s Great About Biennial Plants?

    What’s Great About Biennial Plants?

    JULY 28, 2015
    Biennials are the perfect plant for gardeners who like to go to seed.

    Less predictable than a perennial and longer lasting than an annual, ornamental biennials are one of the best investments a gardener can make.

    Biennials are plants that have a two-year growth cycle. During the first year, the plants are busy establishing leaves and roots. Flowers are produced the second year after which the plant usually dies. However, because some biennials are such prolific self-seeders, they seem to grow on forever. Flowers, weeds, herbs and even vegetables can be biennial. Each is just a different category of plant...

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  • Using Irises In The Landscape

    Using Irises In The Landscape

    JULY 21, 2015
    Among the many pleasures of a landscape is the sound of water rushing over rocks. That’s why every garden, no matter how small, should have some kind of water feature. That feature can be as simple as a portable fountain sitting on the balcony or a dream-come-true backyard pond with a stream, waterfalls and colorful koi.

    A portable fountain is one of the simplest solutions I’ve found to add the sound of water to my patio garden. The fountain is a self-contained concrete unit with an electric pump and four waterfalls. Of course, there are simpler designs made from other materials, like metal, terracotta or stone. You can even make a fountain or miniature water garden out of a whiskey barrel with a thick liner....

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  • Water Gardening Basics

    Water Gardening Basics

    JULY 17, 2015
    Among the many pleasures of a landscape is the sound of water rushing over rocks. That’s why every garden, no matter how small, should have some kind of water feature. That feature can be as simple as a portable fountain sitting on the balcony or a dream-come-true backyard pond with a stream, waterfalls and colorful koi.

    A portable fountain is one of the simplest solutions I’ve found to add the sound of water to my patio garden. The fountain is a self-contained concrete unit with an electric pump and four waterfalls. Of course, there are simpler designs made from other materials, like metal, terracotta or stone. You can even make a fountain or miniature water garden out of a whiskey barrel with a thick liner....

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  • Summer Lawn Maintenance

    Summer Lawn Maintenance

    JULY 14, 2015
    Summer Lawn Care  Spring’s moisture made it easy to take lawn care for granted, but mid-summer is the time when lawns need us the most. Now that temperatures are heating up, bluegrass lawns are starting to show some stress.

    One of the most obvious signs of turf grass problems is when brown spots show up in the lawn. Brown spots can be the result of any of these common issues:

    The turf is too dry. Dry conditions could be the result of underwatering or poor sprinkler coverage. During hot windy weather, bluegrass lawns may need over 2 inches of water each week or as much as it takes to get the soil saturated to about 6 inches deep, keeping watering restrictions in mind...

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  • Solving Summer Lawn Problems

    Solving Summer Lawn Problems

    JULY 10, 2015
    The heat is on in July and that’s when lawns, just like the folks who tend them, start to show signs of stress.
     
    Heat, dry conditions and improper mowing can weaken turf grass so much it can take lawns a year to recover.
     
    Gardeners can’t do anything about July’s high temperatures, but we should try to control all we can when it comes to our lawns.
     
    The best way to solve summer lawn problems is to prevent them in the first place...

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  • Gardening Checklist For July

    Gardening Checklist For July

    JULY 3, 2015
    Summer is here—finally! Now that the frenzied planting has slowed, July is the time to really enjoy the garden and landscape. Start the month with a bang on the Fourth and then take advantage of all the warm, wonderful days to admire your handiwork.
     
    Before you begin these gardening tasks for July, slather on the sunscreen and keep a water bottle handy. Be sure to get an early start before the heat of the day sets in.
     
    Give a gnome a home. Add a little whimsical art to your garden with a thoughtful gnome or other statuary. Transform that empty garden spot with a fairy or dragon; a bird or bunny. There’s sure to be a piece of garden art to match your garden’s special style.

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