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July is here… what the heck do I need to be doing??

It's time to deadhead! Roses are a great example of plants that respond to deadheading. If you deadhead a rose (meaning pruning of the spent flowers) you will speed up its time to re-bloom. Pruning the spent flower back to the first set of five leaves (leaves on roses grow in groups of three, four and five) will make the plant re-bloom sooner.

Not all, but many perennials will continue to bloom if deadheaded, however, deadheading will make the plant look much better, as well as help the plant stay healthy.

When it comes to growing our own food, we often think in terms of yields—how much, how big, how often. Fair enough, but putting the nutritional value of homegrown fruit and vegetables at the fore of a planting plan makes good sense; after all, healthful foods are the goal. Here are the some of the most nutritious vegetables you can grow (and eat!).


Gardeners who are patient, know how to select plants that will do well, and manipulate the soil and microclimate, will be amply rewarded.

Gardening in Colorado can be challenging. The average elevation of the state is 6,800 feet. Three-fourths of the nation’s land above 10,000 feet is within its borders. Sunlight is frequently of high intensity and the humidity generally is low. These features, along with rapid and extreme weather changes and 

frequently poor soil conditions, make for challenges in growing plants. 

Newcomer’s Dilemma 

When looking for the right plant, it can be difficult to know what you need and what you're looking at! Here are some commonly used terms to help you become a plant pro!


Annual — Plants that grow, flower, and die in one growing season. Marigolds, cosmos, and zinnia are among many common annuals.

What is a WEED?


There are different types of weeds. Here are definitions from the Weed Science Society of America:

- Weed: “A plant that causes economic losses or ecological damages, creates health problems for humans or animals or is undesirable where is it growing.” Think crabgrass, giant foxtail, or common lambsquarters, for example.

Yellow Ice Plant

     Ground covers are a great way to decorate your yard, lessening weeds, soil erosion, and help minimize water usage! There are many different colors, variations, and environmental needs. Fossil Creek Nursery can help you decide what ground cover would work best in your yard! 

    A ground cover should spread by itself. Species that produce rhizomes or stolons or that spread by offsets or tip layering are best suited for ground covers. They will develop rapidly into a dense cover. Some, however, grow so fast they can become invasive.

Beat the Summer Heat

Written by: Nate Fetig, Owner of Fossil Creek Nursery


Especially in Colorado, having supplemental irrigation is crucial to making sure your landscape beats the heat and survives tough temperatures. Depending on the spring weather and moisture, plants can grow faster and larger or bloom at irregular times. Monitoring bloom times and weather can help you determine the amount of care your plants will need during the warmer months. 


Here are some tips and tricks for making sure your landscapes survive the summer: 

Check out this incredible article by our friends over at CSU!

Caring for your Colorado Landscape: for Beginners

The first step to caring for your landscape is to understand the type of landscape you are working with. Especially if you have recently moved here, or just relocated within the state, the Colorado climate, temperatures, and soil characteristics change the way you tend to your yard. 

Here, we will walk you through a few helpful tips on caring for your Colorado Landscape, but our experts in the Nursery are always available for more guidance. 



If you haven’t already, it’s time to uncover and prune your roses. Remove any deadwood and crossing branches, and prune back to a strong bud that is pointing to the outside of the plant. Then, start feeding them within the next week or so! We recommend using Bill’s Rose Food which can be picked up at Fossil Creek Nursery. This mixture is formulated specifically for the Rocky Mountain and northern Colorado area.