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Lots of preparation, patience, and understanding are needed to grow
aspen in the urban landscape. Aspen prefers light soils that are acidic and drain
well, but these conditions are rarely found in urban areas. Aspen will do best
on the north and east sides of the buildings.

If the soil where an aspen tree is to be planted has a high content of clay,
build a berm of sandy loam 18 to 24 inches high. A berm is a mound or wall of
earth. The berm should be mulched and several plants should be planted in the

'Tis the season for cutting back your ornamental grasses! This time in April is a perfect time to start cutting them. We wait this long as the top of the grass will catch moisture during the winter for the plant as well as insulate the crown of the plant during the winter months. You will want to cut the grass as close to the ground as you can without getting into the dirt. In return, this will give your grasses more longevity. Don’t worry if they have started to grow new blades, cutting them down for this practice is healthy for the plant!

Rabbits, deer, and elk may think many of the perennials in your yard are tasty! Need some help keeping them at bay?


If you have this problem we recommend:

Bat Houses

  There are over 39 species of bats in the United States with 36 of these species doing a remarkable job of eating mosquitoes and other flying insects. The gray bat alone can eat as many as 3,000 insects per night!


Wood Mulch

Your beds may now have a layer of wood mulch on them. This mulch is very important in keeping weed growth down and maintaining optimum moisture around plants.

It might be necessary to turn or fluff your mulch to refresh the appearance. 

After being cooped up at home for almost a year, it’s a natural desire to want to get outside, do something productive, and start thinking about when to start seeding your garden. Plants and vegetables are two great planting options to destress and focus on something that makes you happy.  

Whether you have experience with seeding or not, here are a couple of guidelines on how to prepare your garden to be the best it can be.  

Are you feeling extra crafty this holiday season? We’ve scoured the internet for a few unique (and fun!) planty crafts that you can make. Pick up your pots and plants from Fossil Creek Nursery, then head home to bust out the glue gun and paint. If you do create any crafts, be sure to tag us online @fossilcreeknursery. We’d love to see how they turn out!

Winter Holiday Plant Hanger

variety of mums

Walking through your neighborhood at this time of year, you feel the crispness of Fall in the air and are surrounded by the beautiful warm tones of leaves as they are changing color and crunching beneath your feet. Fall decorations adorn front porches with plump orange pumpkins, gourds a plenty and colorful bush-like plants known as mums. But what is a mum and why has it become so popular at this time of year?

In northern Colorado and along the front range, ‘winter’ can hit at different times every year. Although this year we’ve already had a little bit of snow, warm temperatures are already returning. Before we enter a full-on cold season, though, there are a few steps you’ll want to take to prepare your perennials.

Perennials are plants and grasses that continue to grow year after year. They will go dormant during the winter, but there are ways to help them survive the cold and ensure they’ll grow back bigger, stronger, and brighter next spring!

Just because summer is slowly beginning to wind down does not mean the planting does! In fact, there are plenty of things that you can plant now that will be ready to bloom next spring.