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Soil serves many important functions in an ecosystem. In your landscape, soil is the medium in which your plants grow. USDA’s National Resources Conservation Services notes that quality soils perform five functions at the same time: Soils act like sponges, soaking up rainwater and limiting runoff. Soils also impact ground-water recharge and flood-control potentials in…

It’s often said that the key to successful, sustainable plants is putting the right plant in the right place. But first, you need to know your place. That begins by learning your hardiness zone. The USDA Hardiness Zome system divides the US into 13 plant hardiness zones—including Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico—based on the average…

Even though our plants look dormant, the amount of moisture they receive—or don’t receive—in the winter can cause root damage and have effects that last all year long. We have had an exceptionally dry year in Colorado (despite today’s snow). Even with winter snow, we can’t assume our plants have enough moisture. Snow doesn’t go…

If you’re yearning for spring color, take a break from the cold and find inspiration from the CSU flower trial gardens. Two winning plants from the flower trials have been named plants of the year by the National Garden Bureau. 2019 is the Year of Salvia nemorosa, a pollinator-friendly garden plant. Colorado State University named…

Holiday greetings! Many good wishes for the holiday season and the coming year.

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