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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Posts Tagged ‘Master Gardener’

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

Master Gardeners: garden green plus saving seeds

Master Gardeners: garden green plus saving seeds

  Green Gardening: Alternatives to Commercial Insecticides and Herbicides By: Kathi Taylor Colorado State University Extension Master Gardener in Larimer County Organic or “green” gardening is the goal of many gardeners. However, with the abundance of moisture this spring and summer, weeds are popping up everywhere and potentially harmful insects are prolific—what’s a gardener to do? Before reaching for a familiar bottle, consider greener alternatives. Planting ... Full Story

Master Gardeners, Butterflies and more

Master Gardeners, Butterflies and more

Make Your Garden a Butterfly Oasis By: Anne Wuerslin Colorado State University Extension Master Gardener in Larimer County Now is the perfect time of year for butterfly activity; these active and graceful pollinators seek the sweetness of late summer nectar-producing plants. Look around at purple butterfly bushes, yellow black-eyed Susan, coneflowers, asters and daisies and delight in the movement and lightness of these beautiful insects. If your garden lacks these ... Full Story

Tips and Answers from Master Gardeners

Tips and Answers from Master Gardeners

Gardening Tips By: Mitzi Davis Colorado State University Extension Master Gardener in Larimer County 1. The CSU Annual Trial Gardens at College Avenue and Lake Street in Fort Collins are in full bloom! Don’t just drive by; take a walk through the gardens to see the latest in bedding plants, shade-tolerant flowers and plants that look wonderful in containers. Check out the new perennial beds, by the Center for the Performing Arts Building. For the best photos, plan your trip ... Full Story

Master Gardener: Top 10 weeds

Master Gardener: Top 10 weeds

Top 10 weeds found in yards and gardens By: Charleen Barr Colorado State University Extension Master Gardener in Larimer Count Everyone has them—some more than others. Some we rarely see, some are expected every year. Some are poisonous, some are helpful. No matter what type of gardener, sooner or later they show up. What are they? Weeds! Below are the top ten found in yards and gardens: 10. Canada Thistle (Cirsium arvense) is one of the most common weeds found throughout ... Full Story

Master Gardeners, ground cover and more

Master Gardeners, ground cover and more

GROUND COVERS By: Dick Christensen Colorado State University Extension Master Gardener in Larimer County Turfgrass is arguably Colorado’s best-known ground cover, but it is not ideally suited to all locations. Deep shade, steep slopes, and areas with exposed tree roots may be good places to establish other plants, such as low-growing perennial ground covers. From a purely practical point of view, ground covers offer alternatives to turf in hard-to-mow sites and reduce the ... Full Story

Larimer Master Gardeners on deadheading and

Larimer Master Gardeners on deadheading and grasshoppers

  The Art of deadheading By: Charleen Barr Colorado State University Extension Master Gardener in Larimer County Many gardeners do not realize deadheading is an art rather than a chore. Some chores that are tedious for one gardener may seem pleasant to another, but deadheading flowers just requires a positive attitude. When deadheading, gardeners are tending their garden in a most intimate way. Deadheading a flower refreshes a plant’s appearance, controls seed dispersal, ... Full Story

Tips from Larimer Master Gardener

Tips from Larimer Master Gardener

Gardening Tips By: Kathy Roth Colorado State University Extension Master Gardener in Larimer County We are enjoying our earlier efforts in the garden—whether it is eating lettuce, spinach and snow peas or admiring our flowerbeds in full bloom.  Now the question becomes what can and should we be doing?  Here are some timely tips: The most efficient time to water the lawn is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Continue to apply mulch on flower and vegetable gardens to keep plants ... Full Story

Gardening tips from Larimer County Master Gardeners

Gardening tips from Larimer County Master Gardeners

Gardening for all ages By: Shari Thomas Colorado State University Extension Master Gardener in Larimer County Did you know that gardening is one of America’s favorite pastimes? Many people enjoy the benefits of being outside, growing their own food, and feeling a sense of accomplishment and purpose in their gardens. Gardening can also provide a way of socializing with others. Sometimes, however, gardeners experience physical or other challenges which limit their ability to pursue ... Full Story

When to Plant Your Vegetables

By: Kathy Roth Colorado State University Extension Master Gardener in Larimer County Growing your own vegetables allows you to truly understand what “fresh” means. Even if you have a small garden area, or plant your veggies in containers (like I did on my apartment balcony back in the ‘80s), you can reap the rewards of homegrown produce. Growing vegetables in Colorado necessitates understanding that we have challenges—temperature swings, cold spring winds, a short growing season, ... Full Story

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