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Time Machine Tuesday: Victory Gardens

Victory gardens were a part of life on the home front during World War II. While farmers were encouraged to increase production to help feed the hungry soldiers, those living in urban and suburban areas were also encouraged to help the war effort by growing as much of their own food as possible. Eleanor Roosevelt […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: Denver's Trees

Friday, April 27 is Arbor Day, a day for encouraging the planting of trees and celebrating their importance.  Today, Arbor Day is somewhat overlooked, being mostly supplanted by Earth Day. But a century ago, Arbor Day was a pretty big deal. During the early decades of the 20th century, urban areas around the nation were […]

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Call 811 Before Digging

Gov. Hickenlooper has proclaimed April 2018 as “Dig Safely Month in Colorado.”  The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) reminds property owners and contractors to call 811 at least three days before any digging project. You can also submit a request online. Upon receiving the request, local utility companies will be dispatched to the property to […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: Rydberg's Flora

One of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century America’s greatest botanists extensively studied the flora of Colorado, and left us what is still one of the most important works on the state’s flowers. Per Axel Rydberg (1860-1931) emigrated to the United States from Sweden in 1882.  His career as a botanist came somewhat by accident.  Upon moving […]

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Butterfly Migration

If you love butterflies, this week has been an absolute delight along the Front Range as the painted lady butterflies migrate south.  Conditions this year have caused an explosion of the numbers of painted ladies, which is why we are seeing so many more than usual.  The orange butterflies, which are commonly mistaken for monarchs, […]

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Japanese Beetles

While gardening last weekend I discovered that my trees are being eaten by Japanese beetles; since then, I’ve spotted them in other parts of town, as well.  Biologists say that 2017 is the worst year yet in Colorado for the invasive pests, which up until a few years ago were only found east of the […]

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Caring for Storm-Damaged Trees

Spring snowstorms and freezes like those experienced in Denver metro area this weekend can cause significant tree damage, due to the cold in combination with the weight of the snow on trees that have already leafed out.  If you experienced tree damage this weekend, the Colorado State University Extension and Colorado State Forest Service have […]

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Spring is Here!

Hooray, today is the first day of Spring!  Are you interested in learning about the plants and animals that Colorado springtime brings?  Our library has many resources that you can use to learn — or teach your kids — about springtime in Colorado. Hearken!  It’s Spring is a publication from the Colorado Division of Wildlife.  […]

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Gardening with Native Plants

Spring is coming, and as you begin planning your yard and garden, consider the benefits of using native plants.  Native plant species are a good choice because they are adapted to Colorado’s climate and soil, so can be easy to grow here in Colorado.  Native plants are also good for water conservation, as they are […]

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Garden Pests

If you’re experiencing some unwelcome visitors in your yard or garden, you can use information found in our library collection to help you identify and eradicate pests.  This article will help you find resources by plant type or pest type.  Titles that do not have links can be checked out in hard copy from our […]

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Planning and Planting Trees and Flowers

The season for planting trees and flowers has arrived.  If you’re planning a garden, or looking to update an established one, there are many questions to be thought through — such as what types and species are best for Colorado’s climate, how long they will take to grow, what kind of care they need, how […]

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Noxious Weeds in Colorado

The Colorado Department of Agriculture has a Noxious Weed Program whose mission is “to control noxious weeds, the nonnative invaders that replace native vegetation, reduce agricultural productivity, cause wind and water erosion and pose an increased threat to communities from wildfire.”  The program works with state and federal partners to control the spread of noxious […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: Dandelions

Dandelions everywhere! They spring up along ditch banks, crowd into open places in alfalfa fields, or luxuriate in gardens and flower-beds. They swarm over vacant city lots, troop along the sidewalks, and encroach upon lawns to the very door-stone  of rich and poor alike. This was written a century ago, but is just as true […]

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Organic Fertilizers

It’s that time of year where many homeowners’ thoughts turn to lawn and garden care.  Fertilizing has long been recognized as an important part of keeping a lawn healthy, but increasingly many people are looking for green alternatives to chemical fertilizers.  The Colorado State University Extension has produced several publications about how to use organic […]

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Caring for Colorado Lawns

Maintaining green grass can sometimes be a challenge in Colorado, which is prone to drought.  (In fact, in the early nineteenth century explorer Stephen Long called it the Great American Desert).  Our library has a number of resources that can help you keep your lawn healthy and verdant.  Check out these resources from the Colorado State […]

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Growing Roses in Colorado

Now is the time of year when most Colorado rose gardens are in full bloom.  Colorado’s soil and climate supports a number of rose varieties.  However, gardening in Colorado’s high altitude can pose some challenges.  If you’re new to rose gardening or just want some expert tips, see the following brochures from the Colorado State […]

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Emerald Ash Borer

An invasive species that could mean the death of numerous trees has been found in Colorado.  The emerald ash borer targets ash trees and has caused the death of tens of millions of trees in the United States, according to the Denver Post.  Ash trees are common in Denver and the metropolitan area, so the […]

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New Website for Colorado Watering Restriction Information

Are you confused by your local watering restrictions, which keep changing based on the state’s drought conditions?  Fortunately, the Colorado Water Conservation Board has eliminated this confusion by introducing a single, centralized website with information on watering restrictions for all Colorado customers.  Simply go to the website, http://www.coh2o.co/, and search by city, county, or zip […]

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Drought Resources

Explorer Stephen Long called Colorado “the Great American Desert,” and true to his observation, the state is currently experiencing a  severe drought.  This map from the USDA shows what parts of the country are currently experiencing drought, and all of Colorado is highlighted, with the metro area and north central part of the state under “moderate” drought conditions while other parts are […]

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Water Conservation

Denver Water is talking about possible watering restrictions in the midst of this drier-than-usual spring.  If you’re interested in learning more about conserving water at your home, the following publications (available from our library) might be helpful to you: Water Conservation In and Around the Home (Colorado State University Extension, 2010) Xeriscaping:  A Great Choice […]

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CSU Flower Trials

Having trouble deciding which flowers to plant in your garden this year?  Colorado State University can help.  Every year they present their annual Trial Garden, a beautiful outdoor display where visitors can learn about what flowers work best in Colorado.  If you can’t make it up to the Fort Collins campus, you can always peruse a […]