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It has been wonderful to experience a real spring again. The plants have really enjoyed the moisture. It was a slow start, but it has been more like spring traditionally should be.  I have really enjoyed watching everything come to life with such vigor.

It is time to get things in good health. Fertilizing trees, shrubs, perennials and lawns should be done now.

I don’t know about you, but the winter we have been having this spring is really starting to affect my gardening habit. I am so ready to get things going in my garden and this weather has really put a hold on things. I have potatoes, onions, lettuce, peas and carrots in my garden. Last year I had everything in my veggie garden planted by now and it was thriving.

The moisture has been awesome and I haven’t had to water my lawn yet - so I should be grateful for that, right?

We all know that we are experiencing drought and that all cities seem to be talking about some kind of water restrictions for your landscape. However these restrictions can be dealt with, as most of us apply more water to our landscapes than they really need.  Don’t just water on your watering day, check the ground to see if it’s dry and needs water. It is always easiest to just set that irrigation controller to run and ignore it. Although, the better thing is to check the ground to see if it needs water.

• Crabgrass preventer is a pre-emergent and works best if put down mid-March.
• Apply pre-emergent weed and grass preventer to your shrub beds.
• Re-mulch your shrub beds.
• Time to cut your perennials back and clean up your landscape beds.
• It is time to aerate your lawn (of course you get a better plug if the ground is moist).
• This is a great time to rototill compost into your garden and prepare it for planting.
• Plant your potatoes, lettuce, swiss chard, carrots, spinach, beets, kale, and other cool weather crops. 

Christmas is coming and if you have not found the perfect gift for the gardener in your life, we have great news for you!

All Christmas items are 50% off!

All garden gifts are 20% off!

We will be open Christmas Eve from 8:30am to 12:00pm for your last minute shopping.

After Christmas Sale
December 26th thru December 29th
9:00 am-5:00pm
50% to 75% off all Christmas items

We will be closed December 30th 2012 thru January 20th 2013 while we take a short break.

We are extremely dry and even if you have established trees, you need to water them. Although plants are dormant, they still require water in the winter which they would usually get from natural snowfall.

A great rule of thumb for winter watering is a 2” tree requires 10 gallons of water a month in the winter. We recommend you water every two weeks if we have no measurable snowfall. It isn’t a lot of water really, just enough to keep the hair roots supple. Protect your investment and water.

A wildflower is a flower that is growing in the wild, meaning it was not seeded or planted by humans. Wildflower is a term used loosely in a landscape situation as most wildflower seed mixes that are used will have no native species in them. We (people) like to mimic that look by planting a mix of flowers creating a natural looking stand of flowers.

Our list of bare root plants for spring 2013 is attached at the bottom of this blog.  Come in today to pre-order and save 10% off these already great prices.

1. Winterize your lawn. Winterizer is the most important fertilizer for your lawn, since lawns store nitrogen for the winter.

2. Wrap your trees. It is important to wrap your young trees for the first two or three years using a crepe tree wrap. It is very important to wrap your maple tree until it starts to get adult bark or until the canopy sufficiently shades the trunk. We recommend that you put your tree wrap on about Thanksgiving and take it off about Easter.

The McCleland’s started an apple orchard in Fort Collins in the late 1800’s. This apple orchard took up a good deal of land on the south part of Fort Collins.  The McCleland’s would sell scions (cuttings from the apple trees) to the public to make a living. 

In 1969 they sold one acre of land to a young couple to use as a plant nursery.  Thus, Fossil Creek nursery was born.  Fossil Creek Nursery has been in its current location for a little over fourteen years.         

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