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What's bugging you? Aug. 16, 2017
What's bugging you? Aug. 16, 2017

Leapin' lizards! Am I really going to include a reptile in my beasties series? You bet I am. The most interesting, to my mind, is the plateau striped whiptail (Aspidoscelis velox). This lizard is truly an Amazon!

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What's bugging you? July 26, 2017

Continuing with my new series on "Beasties in the Garden," I am going to discuss a frequent resident of our gardens that most of you probably wish never set up housekeeping in your yard. I am talking about the black widow spider.

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What's bugging you? July 12, 2017
What's bugging you? July 12, 2017

This is my first official installment of a new series, "Beasties in The Garden." I am going to lay the foundation for a butterfly garden and then transition to my first winged representative.

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What's bugging you? July 5, 2017
What's bugging you? July 5, 2017

This week's weed is the last of my series on "The Ten Most Unwanted Weeds in the Garden." At least these were my top 10 weeds for my yard. There are many more weed candidates left and I will probably cover some of them over the next several months.

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What's bugging you? May 31, 2017

Have you ever wondered what makes a weed a weed? It is often all in the eye of the beholder. Or it could be the old realtor saying: location, location, location.

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What's bugging you? May 10, 2017
What's bugging you? May 10, 2017

When was the last time you walked through your garden and noticed all the activity going on before your nose? I'm not talking about the fragrance of your flowers. What about all the beasties in your garden?

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What's bugging you? April 26, 2017

We are entering the home stretch of our weed series, "The Ten Most Unwanted Weeds." Only three are left but I might cover a few more if it strikes my fancy.

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What's bugging you? April 12, 2017
What's bugging you? April 12, 2017

Like most of you, I have been very busy cleaning up my garden spaces. One of the perennials that requires old stems to be cut back in the spring are those in the genus Agastache.

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What's bugging you? March 29, 2017
What's bugging you? March 29, 2017

Another weed with a pretty flower is henbit. But you might need a magnifying lens to fully appreciate these tiny flowers.

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What's bugging you? Mar. 15, 2017
What's bugging you? Mar. 15, 2017

Have you ever taken a big bite out of a crisp apple only to find a half wiggling worm sticking out of the remaining apple? If so, you have been the recipient of a codling moth infested apple, the bane of all growers of apples, pears and even crabapples.

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What's bugging you? Mar. 1, 2017
What's bugging you? Mar. 1, 2017

My records show that I have already covered five of the 10 most unwanted weeds in the garden series. The next one is the redstem filaree, a class "C" noxious weed in Colorado.

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What's bugging you? Feb. 15, 2017
What's bugging you? Feb. 15, 2017

Do you think spring is close at hand? You might if you only looked at recent temperatures and not the calendar. As I write this, Denver broke records with a reading of 80°F while we hit highs of upper 60s to lower 70s!

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What's bugging you? Feb. 1, 2017
What's bugging you? Feb. 1, 2017

We happen to live in an area that is quite favorable for growing many kinds of fruit trees. As a result, there are acres upon acres of commercial production of mainly apples and peaches, but also pears, apricots and cherries.

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What's bugging you? Jan. 18, 2017
What's bugging you? Jan. 18, 2017

Field bindweed. A pretty flower or a gardener's nightmare? My guess is that you would align with the latter view rather than the former.

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What's bugging you? Jan. 4, 2017

The new year is upon us and it is time that we resolve to use trees more wisely and give them the care they deserve. I am both a member of the Cedaredge Tree Board and a Colorado Master Gardener.

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What's bugging you? Dec. 21, 2016

I remember when I first moved to my new place in Cedaredge that I greatly appreciated the white flowering plants blanketing a slope on my property. Only after I was chastised by a neighbor for my insistence to perpetuate this beautiful sight did I come to realize these plants were in fact the much hated weed, whitetop.

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What's bugging you? Dec. 7, 2016
What's bugging you? Dec. 7, 2016

With winter upon us, most gardeners are through with their landscape chores and may be found curled up by a warm fire reading a pertinent book and daydreaming about the spring to come. But our winter landscapes needn't be a boring time in the garden; views of gardens can -- and should -- still be appreciated from indoors.

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What's bugging you? Nov. 23, 2016
What's bugging you? Nov. 23, 2016

Cheatgrass. This is one invader weed that is hated by homeowners and ranchers alike.

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What's bugging you? Nov. 9, 2016

Who among you have never experienced a flat bicycle tire from a thorny seed? Or tracked these same burrs in on the soles of your shoes? Or had to extract them from the paws of your dog?

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What's bugging you? Oct. 26, 2016

Earlier this month, several Delta County Master Gardeners, myself included, spent the morning touring the insectary in Palisade. While I had intended to cover the second weed on the list of "10 most unwanted garden weeds" this week, a discussion about our tour was too good to pass up.

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What's bugging you? Oct. 12, 2016

They say that weeds are plants growing where we don't want them to grow. This can be so true of our first weed the dandelion.

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What's bugging you? Sept. 28, 2016

Colorado State University Tri-River Area Extension is inviting the public to join with the Tri River Master Gardeners for the 19th annual plant sale and tree auction Saturday, Oct. 8. Activities will be located at the Colorado State University Tri River Extension Office at 2775 Highway 50, Grand Junction.

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What's bugging you? Sept. 21, 2016
What's bugging you? Sept. 21, 2016

I just got back from a three-week vacation to the East Coast. While traveling I did send in a column introducing a new weed series I plan to start. But this will be my first column since returning home.

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What's bugging you? Sept. 7, 2016
What's bugging you? Sept. 7, 2016

The one thing we can all agree on is that weeds are the bane of every gardener. I promised in an earlier column that I would do a series on weeds, notably the 10 most unwanted weeds.

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What's bugging you? August 24, 2016

Having spent much of my early childhood growing up in the northeast, I have a keen appreciation of the fall glory of maple trees, especially sugar maples. We even had a term for trips where we enjoyed fall color while driving down country roads. This term was leaf peeping.

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What's bugging you? August 10, 2016

What's in a name you might ask? When naming plants using scientific nomenclature, a lot of Latin is thrown around.

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What's bugging you? July 20, 2016

We are entering the dog days of summer where high temperatures hold steady in the 90s to 100s and the "snow" from female cottonwoods takes to the wind to settle on the ground and in my garage. With these higher temperatures you will also begin to hear cicadas sing.

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What's bugging you? July 6, 2016

Weeds seem to be my bane this year. Not only have I failed to get on top of my weeding chores but recent rains will surely add more to my misery. Maybe you find yourself in the same boat.

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What's bugging you? June 22, 2016

We have both black walnut trees as well as several varieties of English walnut trees in Delta County and the surrounding area. Have you ever noticed that in some years the husk that surrounds the walnut has black blotches (see picture)?

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What's bugging you? June 8, 2016

I am back after suffering through knee replacement surgery and physical therapy. Not that I am fully recovered nor without pain.

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What's bugging you? April 27, 2016

I recently was given a question pertaining to early season grasshopper control. So where do all the little grasshoppers come from this time of year?

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What's bugging you? February 17, 2016

We all know the benefits of planting trees. Their number one benefit is to provide shade and beauty to our landscapes.

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What's bugging you? January 20, 2016

Have you made any New Year's resolutions for 2016? How is that going for you? Have you ever completed all your resolutions? To avoid embarrassing failure I just resolve to do better than last year.

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What's bugging you? December 23, 2015

You're late! You're late for a very important date. I'm referring to the upcoming 2016 Colorado Master Gardener Training Program. This program is an 11-week course starting Jan. 13, held in Grand Junction.

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What's bugging you? November 18, 2015

Winter appears to be settling in on us as average daily temperatures are decreasing and the first snows have fallen. But before we forget the beautiful fall color display of autumn leaves we so enjoyed leading up to this winter, wouldn't you like to know why and how leaves change color?

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What's bugging you? September 23, 2015

Fall is upon us and winter can't be too far away. There are a number of garden chores that can be accomplished now and besides, the weather is warm and sunny.

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What's bugging you? September 16, 2015

I was going to discuss watering issues this week, but a house call about saving aspen trees has gotten me sidetracked. The new owners of a recently purchased house in Cedaredge wanted to know if the aspens in their yard could be saved. My answer was a qualified yes.

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What's bugging you? August 26, 2015

Cottonwood trees are ubiquitous to Colorado. For most folks it is the narrowleaf cottonwood that comes to mind when cottonwoods are mentioned.

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What's bugging you? July 29, 2015

Welcome to hopper hell! Because of our mild winter and excellent soil moisture conditions, survival of overwintering grasshopper eggs was very high. Our May rains added insult to injury by providing a smorgasbord of plants for hoppers to feed upon.

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