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Friday, May 22, 2015

Posts Tagged ‘Master Gardener’

Master Gardener Speaks

Master Gardener Speaks

    Tips on Use of Herbicides in Home Gardens By: Khursheed Mama Colorado State University Extension Master Gardener in Larimer County Spring is an ideal time to plan for the growing season ahead. While it is natural to focus on the plant material, this is also a time of year to consider whether the garden may benefit from other forms of rejuvenation including materials to enhance the soil and minimize weeds. Soil amendments include any material that is mixed into the ... Full Story

Master Gardening Articles 2/24/2015

Master Gardening Articles 2/24/2015

Late Winter Garden and Lawn Care By: Dick Christensen Colorado State University Extension Master Gardener in Larimer County Garden catalogs have arrived and gardeners are starting to get the itch to get started. The Front Range has had its share of warm days, but resist the urge to start digging in flower and garden beds too early, to avoid damage to the soil's structure. To assess your soil, pick up a handful, it should fall apart and not stick together like glue. But mild dates in late ... Full Story

Gardening with The Masters

Gardening with The Masters

  Things that go bump in the garden: Bats, snakes, and toads Gardening Article By: Kathie Hopkins Colorado State University Extension Master Gardener in Larimer County Bats: The often maligned bat is a gardener’s best friend! The North American bat species are nocturnal mammals that devour more bugs than birds and bug zappers combined, and they do not suck blood from animals or humans. They specifically search out night-flying insects, such as moths and mosquitoes and a bat ... Full Story

Gardening with the Master Gardeners

  Gardening Tips By: Nika Reininger Colorado State University Extension Master Gardener in Larimer County   Tips for increasing biodiversity in residential landscapes: As Colorado’s human population continues to grow, maintaining areas of biodiversity becomes an increasingly important focus of conservation efforts. Biodiversity, or a variety of plant and animal species living in the same area, is a characteristic of healthy and sustainable landscapes. While critical ... Full Story

Bee Balm, a love affair

Bee Balm, a love affair

A Perennial Love Affair By Charleen Barr Master Gardener in Larimer County Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) is a perennial love affair with butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and other nectar-seeking creatures that covet the tubular flowers. Gardeners love the stunning colors, borders, edible flowers, bouquet arrangements and the leaves and flowers that can be made into tea. Other common names include horsemint, wild bergamot, and Oswego tea. Monarda is a member of the mint family and there are ... Full Story

CSU Master Gardeners

Beckoning all gardeners to ‘spring’ into action By: Khursheed Mama In yards across Northern Colorado, the emergence of spring bulbs and new growth on trees and shrubs indicates the beginning of another growing season. While many gardeners are happy to have a break during the winter months, spring brings renewed enthusiasm for spending time in the yard. It’s a good time to harness this energy and attend to basic maintenance in the garden to ensure another season of beauty. March ... Full Story

Master Gardeners

    TLC for Tender Bulbs  By: Anne Wuerslin Colorado State University Extension Master Gardener in Larimer County When leaves fall and frost arrives, the garden goes to sleep. We usually consider fall a time for planting spring-flowering bulbs such as tulips and daffodils, which can overwinter in the ground. But, part of garden clean-up is to dig tender bulbs, tubers, corms and rhizomes and put them in proper storage, as our Colorado winter temperatures are too cold for ... Full Story

Master Gardeners, hedges to grasshoppers (again)

Master Gardeners, hedges to grasshoppers (again)

Hedges for Landscapes By: Dick Christensen Colorado State University Extension Master Gardener in Larimer County Would you like to get away from it all in your own backyard? A hedge can establish private outdoor spaces enclosed by leafy textures. In the most complete sense of the word, a hedge is any barrier or boundary composed of plants or stone. A hedgerow refers to small fields separated by hedges. In Colorado, hedges usually are rows of bushes or small trees planted ... Full Story

Ugh: What to do about Grasshoppers

Ugh: What to do about Grasshoppers

By: Beth Thiret Colorado State University Extension Master Gardener in Larimer County Look, for a moment, at life from the grasshopper’s point of view. He sees your garden as a complimentary all-you-can-eat buffet that’s open every day of the season. What you see as a lovely crop of beans near harvest for evening supper, the grasshopper sees as a quick snack before moving on to your corn, onions and carrots. When those are finished, he may decide that the perfumed flavor of a ... Full Story

Master Gardeners get ready for winter

Gardening Tips By: Mitzi Davis Colorado State University Extension Master Gardener in Larimer County Fertilize your lawn if it is a cool season grass like bluegrass, fescue or ryegrass, and help it recover from the stress of summer drought and heat. Apply a high nitrogen, water soluble, fertilizer at a rate of 1lb. of nitrogen per 1000 square feet. The first number on the bag is nitrogen (N) and is the percentage of nitrogen in the fertilizer.  If the first ... Full Story

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