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June 27, 2020

Q: Should I use cow manure to fertilize my plants?

A: As long as the cow manure is composted, it can be a good fertilizer. However, we recommend using composted cotton burr blend and organic liquid fertilizers for best results.

June 26, 2020

Rocky Mountain Beeplant
Cleome Serrulata
Zone 3-7

Tall, skinny stems bloom from bottom to top which provide a long bloom period. Blooms are numerous small, light purple flowers with extremely long pistils that create a beautiful, wispy plant.

Long, seed pods that resembl...

June 23, 2020

Bee pollinated plants are your best bet for reducing allergens in your yard.

These are just some examples of bee-pollinated, allergen-friendly plants, and with selective breeding by knowledgeable cultivators, I'm sure we will see more allergy friendly plants in the futu...

June 20, 2020

Q: Why does my backflow preventer keep dripping?

A: Your backflow preventer will need periodic maintenance (which is simple to do and can be done by the homeowner) in order to properly function.

Small sediment (a grain of sand) can get stuck between the top rubber gasket...

June 19, 2020

Globe Artichoke
Cynara scolymus
Zone 6-11

Thick stalks and green-grey foliage makes this plant look a lot like its cousin, a thistle plant. Large artichokes (usually one large and several small) appear in the summer.

Flower is edible but needs to be harvested before it o...

June 16, 2020

Here's your weekly tip!

The mechanism of traveling to a new location helps spread the plant's genetics into new environments and helps to keep the plant from going extinct. While some plants are strictly male or female (dioecious), others can self pollinate (have both p...

June 13, 2020

Q: My fruit trees haven't been producing very well or very large fruits. What is the problem?

A: There are many factors that can affect fruit production. Amount of sunlight, fertilizer and water can all affect healthy fruit growth.

First, ensure your fruit tree is gettin...

June 12, 2020

Everest Variegated Sedge
Carex oshimensis
Zone 5-9

This evergreen not only adds beautiful texture to your garden but the variegated (green and white) blades of grass add a beautiful contrast. A mounding grass that produces small hairy seed pods in the summer months.

Plan...

June 9, 2020

Allergies and pollen, Oh My!

It all comes down to one thing: pollen. And what is the point of pollen?

Well, it's time to get uncomfortable and have that talk, yup, about the birds and, well mostly the bees. Pollen is produced by the male parts of a plant. The pollen is c...

June 6, 2020

We've been getting a ton of irrigation questions - we hope this clarifies some of the confusion with these important systems!

Q: Why does my irrigation need a filter if the water is coming from inside my house?

A: House water can have small amounts of sediment that can c...

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