Cheyenne Botanic Gardens : Gardening Tips


End of season chores

What are some of the last outdoor chores we need to do before everything is totally frozen?
• Clean chimney– important if you burn wood or pellets. You can either do this yourself by purchasing a sweep or hire it out.
• Put away hoses– or at the very least get them out of direct sun.
• Put insulating caps over your outdoor water spigots or, if you can, turn them off from inside.
• Put fuel preservative in your gas lawn mowers, place trash bag over the mowers engine.
• Clean gutters– use a blower to make the job less messy.
• Clear debris away from house to prevent mice entry
• Rake the last of the leaves
• Check around doors and windows for air leaks and then seal with caulk
• Make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector now that it is heating season.
• Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans. In winter, set it for a clockwise rotation. This pushes the warm air near your ceilings down into your living spaces. This is particularly important for homes with very high ceilings. Set to slow.
• If you’re not using your fireplace, check to be sure your damper is closed. Leaving it open is equivalent to leaving a window wide open.

What you need to know about leaf blowers

large cda9fc38 1a19 4640 81ef 2e123d934d35 What you need to know about leaf blowersLeaf blowers are a great help with autumn cleanup, and double as driveway sweepers or even snow blowers (when the snow is light and dry).

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Old Farmer’s Almanac winter weather forcast

weather map us jpg(1) Old Farmers Almanac winter weather forcastWe are on the line of cold and dry and mild and dry.
Click here to see.

Garden tools winter prep.

779 5 how clean sharpen gardening hand tools 150x125 Garden tools winter prep.This is the time of year when we need to put away our garden tools and get out the snow shovels. Be sure and clean dirt and debris off your tools. Use a wire brush to remove any of the rust. It’s also great to sharpen the edges of your trowels and shovels with a file. Wooden handled tools can benefit from an application of oil. Linseed oil is the best, but you can also use cooking oil.

Tips for Farmers Market shopping

farmers market2 700x525 Tips for Farmers Market shoppingThe Cheyenne Botanic Garden brought the first Farmers’ Market to Cheyenne in 1980. It was the first such market in the state of Wyoming. We have since helped many other communities get their market off the ground. In 1987, we spun the downtown market off to Community Action of Laramie County who runs it today.

Farmers’ Markets provide your best chance at fresh produce. If you are lucky you may be paying a lower price but that is not always true. So, really it is about the quality and freshness of the produce.
Below are some tips for shopping at a Farmers Market. (more…)

End of season lawn mower care

lawn 250x281 End of season lawn mower careWe are approaching the last mowings of the season (whew!). By doing a few things this fall you can keep your gas lawn mower working well next spring.

First, consider sharping the blades now to get that chore out of the way for next season. You can either do it yourself or take it in to a specialist. (more…)

Use crickets to tell the temperature

 Use crickets to tell the temperature

This is the time of year when we hear crickets in our yards chirping rhythmically. They make this summer sound by rubbing their wings together. But this sound can also be a reliable predictor of temperature.

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Make your own hollyhock dolls

Hollyhock9 250x250 Make your own hollyhock dollsHollyhocks are either biennials or short lived perennials. They create an old fashioned look with blooms on top of 8-​​foot-​​tall flower spikes which provide a nice backdrop to the perennial garden. They readily reseed and come in most every color. Hollyhocks thrive in full sun and average to poor soil, and require little care other than to enjoy the blooms. (more…)

Hail replanting

Volunteers replant the herb garden, replacing hail damaged plants.IMG 2716 250x187 Hail replanting

Notches on the leaf edge?

If shrubs are developing small roundish notches on the edges of the leaves, less than a 14 inch, it is likely caused by the black vine weevil. The young weevils feed on the roots and then develop into adult weevils that then feed on the leaves. They feed mostly at night. Adult weevils can be somewhat controlled by capturing them cover Notches on the leaf edge?under boards adjacent to the plant and discarded daily. According to Colorado State University, adult feeding, as evidenced by leaf notching, can be controlled with sprays of certain pyrethroid insecticides such as bifenthrin, cyfluthrin, and lambda-​​cyhalothrin. These should be applied to the foliage and it can also be useful to treat areas at the base of plants, where they rest during the day. Control may be improved if applications are made late in the day or in evening, as the weevils become active and move onto the plants after dusk.

It is unheard of for plants to die from this pest so many people simple leave it be and put up with the more ragged leaf edges.

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