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We all know that gardening in Colorado is a challenge. Growing roses in Colorado can be extremely challenging, for beginners especially. I decided with Mother’s day right around the corner we would talk about the care of Hybrid tea roses in Colorado.

I always wait until May 1st to prune my roses and the reason for that is; I have found that if they are pruned too early, they start to grow too fast if we have warm weather. Pruning them later seems to hold off growth that could potentially get zapped by a frost. I also wait until May 15th to fertilize for the first time.

This weekend we will all be thinking of Mom and just how much she means to us.  Many of us, will buy our mother flowers to show our appreciation on Mother's Day.  Instead of buying a bouquet of flowers that will cost you a small fortune and last perhaps a couple of weeks, why not buy mom a hybrid tea rose that she can enjoy all summer for years to come?  We have a great variety of hybrid tea roses available for mom and while you're at it, why not pick up one for yourself.  Here are some exciting roses that we have this year, attached is a complete list of hybrid teas available this year.

Do you have a tree that gets unwanted fruit, like crabapples?  Did you know that you can spray the tree during bloom time and not have to fight the fruit or at least diminish the amount of fruit you have to deal with. The product to use is called Florel.

Here at Fossil Creek Nursery, we pride ourselves on having the widest assortment of plants in Northern Colorado.  Choosing all the new plants to bring in is one of the favorite activites of all the plant gurus here at the nursery.  However, we know that having new plants doesn't do us any good unless we get the word out that we have them. So, I will have a series of these blogs throughout the spring and summer profiling some of our new plant varieties for 2011.  This week's edition will be some of our new shade loving shrubs.

April Lawn Tips

We are about to the end of time to put down your lawn crabgrass preventer. It is effective if you have a problem with crabgrass. You need to get it put down soon in order for it to be effective.

Do you have apple or pear  trees? Are you tired of your apples or pears have holes from bugs? Chances are that the wholes in your apples or pears are from codling moths. In order to stop these ugly little monsters from ruining your fruit, you must spray or you can use codling moth traps. Codling moths traps are great to manage the damaged caused by codling moths by luring them and trapping them before they have a chance to lay their eggs. In order for them to be effective, they must be on your tree approximately one week before the blossoms open.

We all get tired of the grays and browns of winter and start to get a little cabin fever as spring approaches.  I, for one, always look forward to those early blooming woody plants that let us know that spring is here.  Certainly when we talk of early blooming plants Forsythias come to mind, but I thought I would mention a couple of my favorites that you may or may not have known about.

King Edward VII Currant:

It is time to prepare your garden for planting. Adding organic matter to our soil is the best way to break up that heavy clay. Building decent soil here in Colorado takes time. Compost is always a good place to start.  Always be sure to use compost from a trusted source and be careful with uncomposted products such as manure, as these can cause salinity problems and burn the roots of your crops.  If you are having trouble with your garden, we are always more than happy to help.

Anytime after April 1st the ground will be warm enough to plant spring bulbs. When you mention spring bulbs many people think you have to dig them up in the fall. For some, this is true but there are also some that you plant and are considered perennials (lily of the valley, foxtail lily, crocosmia, oriental lily, lady’s lord and asiatic lilies).

With Mother’s Day right around the corner we are all scrambling thinking of great gift ideas. A perfect gift for Moms everywhere is a Hybrid Tea rose bush. Hybrid tea roses provide beauty and sophistication year after year. Whether it is a gift for Mom or a treat for you, roses can be a great addition to any yard. There are endless varieties of roses to choose from, so I will profile some of my favorites and some new roses.

Pope John Paul II Rose

Rosa JACsegra

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