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Master Gardener Classes -- 2015
ATTENTION ALL GARDENERS: Are you looking for the latest information on soil, insects, weed management; the most effective way of planting and pruning trees and shrubs; or how to grow more productive vegetables? Colorado State University Extension in Pueblo is offering a daytime Colorado Master Gardener training course on Thursdays beginning January 29 – April 2. For application and detailed information please click the links below or contact our office at 583-6566.
Certificate Program Application
Master Gardener Progam Application
Bring your Seeds!
Join us Saturday, Jan, 24th for a Mid-Winter Seed Exchange and Seed Packaging from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Seed packets will help fill the drawers of the All Pueblo Grows Seed Lending Library. See flyer for details.
Community Forest Steward Training
· enjoy walking under the canopy of trees in your neighborhood or local park?
· believe urban trees enhance the value of property within a city’s limits.
· think it is important to keep a community’s trees healthy and beautiful?
Would you like to learn more about trees and tree care? Sign up today!
Training includes five weeks of classroom instruction and one hands-on workshop day, totaling 36 hours. This class will be offered two evenings a week for five weeks at the CSU Extension/Pueblo County office. Then a one day, hands-on training workshop (TBA) in tree identification, pruning, planting, community forestry, and insect and disease diagnostics. See brochure for details.
The Native Plant Master® Program is a fun way to spend time in the field, getting to know the plants of southeastern Colorado. Please contact the CSU Extension/Pueblo County office to find out when the next course will be offered.
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Want expert advice on gardening in Colorado? Check out CO-Horts, a new blog featuring posts from Colorado State University Extension horticulture agents and specialists. The information focuses on gardening in Colorado’s unique climate. Recent posts covered topics ranging from rainwater harvesting to weed management to rabbits in the garden. You will find this excellent blog at http://csuhort.blogspot.com/.
Landscape Maintenance During Drought
The drought in southeastern Colorado continues, creating stressful growing conditions for plants in natural and irrigated landscapes. For the most up to date information on managing plants during drought or irrigation restrictions, see the Yard and Garden Drought Resources at http://www.ext.colostate.edu/drought/garden.html.
Lawn Irrigation Audit
If you have brown spots or soggy areas in your lawn, your sprinklers may be out of alignment. An irrigation system audit can help you identify whether your system is delivering water evenly. You can do a simple irrigation audit using 6 identical cans and a ruler.
- Set out 6 identical cans between sprinkler heads in the same zone.
- Run your system for 10 minutes.
- Measure the water in each can to determine if coverage is consistent. Make a note of the location of can with less water in them. That may coincide with the brown spots. Also note the location of cans with more water, probably the site of soggy spots.
- Combine the water from all the cans into one. Measure with a ruler. This will tell you the amount of water, in inches, delivered by your system in one hour (10 minutes x 6 cans = 60 minutes).
- Repeat for all zones.
- Adjust, repair, or replace sprinkler heads so that you get consistent delivery.
You can use this information to determine settings for your irrigation system. For more information on setting your irrigation timers, see your timer manual or these CSU Extension publications:
Fact Sheet 7.199: Watering Established Lawns at http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/garden/07199.pdf
Fact Sheet 4.722: Irrigation-Inspecting and Correcting Turf Irrigation System Problems at http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/crops/04722.pdf.
CMG GardenNote #265: Methods to Schedule Home Lawn Irrigation at http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/garden/07239.pdf
Remove dead trees and keep wood local to prevent insect spread
There are many dead trees in southeastern Colorado. While there are many reasons for tree death, those killed by borers should be removed and disposed of before they infect another plant.
Piñon or Ponderosa pine trees have been infested by Ips beetle and pitch mass borer. Ash and lilacs have been targeted by Lilac-ash borer. Peach trees may have peach borers. And black walnut has been hit hard by the insect-disease complex known as thousand canker.
Dead plants in the landscape may still harbor the larvae of borers, which may mature and move to still healthy trees in your neighborhood. Remember that the logs of these plants should not be moved as lumber or firewood, as the insects will be transported with the wood.
Home gardeners often discover that our hot climate makes tomato production, shall we say, interesting. Or maybe the word is challenging. Heat, water, wind, soil conditions, insects, and diseases can all play a role in whether home grown tomatoes are successful or not. For more information on growing tomatoes and potential problems, refer to the following publications:
Piñon pitch mass borer
Piñon pitch mass borer, Dioryctria ponderosae is damaging piñon and ponderosa pines in Pueblo and Fremont Counties. Damage is done by the larvae, a tan worm about ½ + inch long with a brown head. The larvae tunnel under the bark on the trunk and inner large branches, often near branch crotches, feeding on the water and food transportation system. Infested trees look stressed, with thinning or browning needles. In some cases only one branch or part of the tree may be affected.
Outward signs of larval feeding include masses of pinkish, gummy pitch near the feeding area, and cream colored dried pitch on lower branches or the trunk. When you pull the pinkish pitch away, the larvae may be pulled out with the pitch.
Pinon with both fresh and dried pitch
Photo: Sylvia Sanchez, Colorado Master Gardener
Very large pitch - fresh mass on pinon
Photo: Sylvia Sanchez, Colorado Master Gardener
Pitch mass borer photo from bugwood
Photo: Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University
This is a wonderful resource for weed management preferences from Fremont County weed control. Download the .pdf here.
Are you thinking of hiring a tree service to prune or remove a tree and not sure how to find the best option? Protect your landscape investment by asking questions before you sign a contract. Check references, discuss the practices the company uses, and get the agreement in writing. For more suggestions on what you need to know before you choose a tree service, click here.
Colorado Plant Database
Visit the Colorado Plant Database for information on native and non-native plants in our state. You will find details on where over 1,060 Colorado plants live, when they bloom, and suggestions on how to use them in your landscape.
Colorado State University Horticulture Links
CSU gardening information online:
CSU Soil, Water and Plant Testing Lab (click on Horticultural Applications for Gardeners):
CSU Turf program:
Colorado Master Gardener home page:
Colorado Master Gardener Garden Notes:
Other Horticulture Links
Colorado Native Plant Society:
Managing Alternative Pollinators: A Handbook for Beekeepers, Growers and Conservationists
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:
National Pesticide Information Center:
Pueblo County Horticulture/Master Gardeners