Ask A Gardener – Aphids

Monday September 10, 2018

Aphids are probably the most common garden pest in the whole world. There are over 4.000 different species of aphids spread out across every continent except Antarctica. Here in Colorado, according to the CSU Extension Office, “few plants grown (here) do not support at least one aphid.” Symptoms and Signs Aphids can be extremely varied in appearance (coming in green, …

Butterfly Bush

Monday July 9, 2018

Butterfly bush is one of the most versatile shrubs in the garden. Sometimes called "Summer Lilac," They’re fast growing, drought tolerant and provide beautiful color all summer long. The taller varieties make great background plantings, accent plants or even informal hedges, while the shorter varieties can fit right into your perennial beds. Their bright sprays of purple, white or pink …

Ask A Gardener – Earwigs

Monday May 21, 2018

Believe it or not, some people actually consider earwigs to be beneficial garden insects. They do feed on a lot of common garden pests such as aphids and mites. And contrary to the old wives’ tale about them crawling into your ear (shudder), they’re harmless to humans. But an out of control population of earwigs can cause a lot of …

Ask A Gardener – Hollyhock Weevils

Monday April 17, 2017

It can be difficult to make a diagnosis sight unseen, but from your description and the time of year, it sounds like those black beetles could be hollyhock weevils. These natives of Europe are now pretty common throughout the state wherever hollyhocks are grown. Life Cycle Hollyhock weevils overwinter under the soil around the flowers and emerge in the spring …