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Category Archives: The Garden Buzz

Emerald Ash Borer: What you need to know

By Lisa Mason, CSU Extension Horticulture Agent Spring is in the air! Time to think about all the spring and summer yard and garden projects. Among your projects, here is one to add to the list: Make a plan for your ash tree. As of March 2020, emerald ash borer (EAB) has NOT been confirmed […]

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Speaker’s Bureau

By Martha Kirk, Colorado Master Gardener Have you ever wondered how and when to prune your maple tree, how to combat Japanese beetles, what vegetable varieties do best in Colorado, or how to attract pollinators to your garden? These represent a small sampling of the diverse number of gardening and landscape topics that Arapahoe County […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Donna Farley-Wade

Colorado Master Gardener℠ (CMG) volunteers are a dedicated group of individuals who are knowledgeable and passionate about sharing gardening, landscape and horticulture education. This month we are highlighting Donna Farley-Wade. When did you join the Colorado Master Gardener program? I started the program January 2014. Why did you join the program? I joined the program to […]

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A Walk Through Time

By Judy Kunz, Colorado Master Gardener You don’t need to leave the Denver metro area to take a step back in time to the post-Civil War era when settlers traveled by covered wagon across the Great Plains to make their homes at the foot of the Rockies. The lure for many was the promise of […]

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Holiday Cacti

By Paula Szilard, Colorado Master Gardener If they weren’t so common, we’d all be transfixed by these stunning plants. Thanksgiving and Christmas cacti are rainforest cacti from Brazil in the genus Schlumbergera. These plants are virtually identical, except Thanksgiving cacti bloom earlier. The Easter cactuses are distinct and fall into two different genera. There are […]

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Plant a Tree, Plant a Legacy

By Martha Kirk, Colorado Master Gardener Let’s face it. Trees are a magnificent part of the landscape. They provide shade and cooling, provide habitat for animals, sequester carbon, add value to property, and add important structure and presence to the garden. When you plant a tree, you are planting a legacy for future generations to […]

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Plan to Re-Tool for Spring

By Donnetta Wilhelm, Colorado Master Gardener Although a snowy day is not the time gardeners are working outdoors, late January and February can be surprisingly balmy when temperatures reach 41° to 51°F. Sunlight also increases to 10 hours and 43 minutes a day, so it can be a good time to prep garden implements for […]

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From the Hort Desk – Looking Forward to 2020

By Lisa Mason, CSU Extension Horticulture Agent The start of a new year is traditionally a time to not only reflect on the past year but also to start planning for the upcoming year. As I reflect on all that the Arapahoe County Master Gardener and Horticulture program has accomplished, I’m reminded that none of […]

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Turf Mite Damage

By Judy Cale, Colorado Master Gardener What is a mite and what can it damage? A mite is a tiny spider. Here in Colorado, we have three common turf mites—banks grass mites, clover mites and brown wheat mites—and they can damage lawns by sucking moisture from turf blades and turning them brown. They are tinier […]

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The Five B’s – Coming Soon to a Classroom Near You!

By Barb Bolen and Kathleen DeVries, Colorado Master Gardeners Barb Bolen and Kathleen DeVries, members of the Youth Education Curriculum Committee, have been developing a new set of activity-based modules for grades P-5. These modules are being designed to meet Colorado Academic Standards focused on Life Science, Earth Systems Science and Physical Science. The programs […]

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Keeping ahead of COVID-19

This rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) has imposed an unsettling, fluid situation upon our community and its businesses. While the team here still aims to maintain a “business as usual” approach, we are making a number of significant changes to our operations to account for a situation that is far from normal.