Preventing Woodpecker Damage to Trees

Woodpeckers, primarily sapsuckers, occasionally damage trees by boring a series of 1/4- to 3/8-inch closely spaced holes in the limbs or trunks of healthy trees. They feed on sap oozed from the holes. The tree wounds may attract insects, squirrels, or porcupines and can serve as entrances for diseases and wood decaying organisms. Occasionally, girdling…

Winter & Spring Browning of Evergreens

Brown evergreen needles, needle tips and branch tips are a common sight during the winter and early spring months in Colorado. These are all examples of winter injury usually caused by the drying winds, lack of snow cover, fluctuating temperatures, and low soil moisture that are typical of Colorado’s fall and winter seasons. Evergreen needles…

Kochia and Russian Thistle

Russian thistle (Salsola tragus) and kochia (Kochia scoparia) are common annual broadleaf weeds that become “tumbleweeds” in the fall. These plants can be problematic in many situations where the soil is highly disturbed. These annuals can produce thousands of seeds per plant and the key to control it to keep them from going to seed.…

Musk Thistle

Musk thistle is an ever-increasing problem in Colorado. It’s a noxious weed prevalent in open spaces, vacant lots, pastures, ditch banks and along roadsides. Musk thistle is a biennial, which means it lives only two years. In the first year, it germinates from seed and grows into a low-growing rosette of leaves. The leaves are…

Raised Vegetable Beds

There are many advantages to implementing a raised vegetable bed. These beds are well-suited to growing carrots, potatoes and other root crops. The lack of compaction and rocks in the soil allow for a more-prolific and attractive crop. They are also well-suited to meet the needs of gardeners with back problems, or other physical limitations…