Water Issues

An Herb a Day Keeps Mosquitoes Away

The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) wants you to know this is National Mosquito Control Awareness Week. You are aware of mosquitoes, aren’t you? That’s what I thought! Mosquitoes are certainly annoying, but they can also spread West Nile virus. That’s why it’s important for gardeners to do all they can to control these insect […]

How to Transform a Landscape into a Xeriscape

About 16 years ago, after months of house hunting, the realtor stopped in front of a little ranch-style house and I instantly knew I was home. This one definitely had curb appeal and it spoke to me. The house was shaded by a large ash tree on one side of the yard and a small […]

Save Water with Container Gardening

Gardeners in drought-stricken areas are wondering if they should plant a vegetable garden this season. It’s a good question because research shows that up to 60 percent of household water is used outside. And up to 40-50 percent of that water is wasted because of inefficient irrigation systems and methods. I live in a part […]

Start the Gardening Season with the New Edition of The Colorado Gardener’s Companion

The second edition of my first book is ready in time for gardening season! I worked over the winter months to fill this new edition with more of everything to help Colorado gardeners grow great gardens starting now. The Denver Post newspaper calls the new edition of my gardening book an “an essential manual” for […]

Dry Gardens Need Watering Rocks

Have you ever wished for a simple solution for keeping gardens watered? Then Watering Rocks is for you. Gardeners are always on the lookout for innovative solutions for ongoing gardening problems. One of my top gardening issues is finding ways to get water to the plants in the dry corners of the garden without installing […]

Hot Weather Help for Gardens

When the weather heats up, plants need extra help. My mantra? “Mulch like crazy.” A few summers ago, in the heat of a Colorado July, I had to to leave my garden to present a xeriscape program to a master gardener group in the southwestern part of the state. I fretted about how to keep […]

Gardening in a Drought

What if we had a drought and the lawn didn’t notice? It’s time to rethink how to use water in the landscape. Because of the continuing drought, gardeners in the Denver metro area will have twice-a-week lawn watering restrictions starting April 1–no fooling. Along with these restrictions will be higher water bills for using more […]

Has it Really Been 4 Years?

Happy Fourth Anniversary to WesternGardeners.com! It was February 24, 2009, when I hit the “publish” button on my first gardening blog post. I wrote a short post about the predicted drought conditions in the West, with the headline: Warmer, Drier Forecast is Daunting! It seems like I could have written that headline yesterday, too. Over […]

Hot Weather Tips for Gardening

Today’s post is from Deb Courtner, a landscape designer, garden writer and speaker who creates low-maintenance landscapes for busy homeowners. She owns and operates Blossoms & Blueprints, LLC, a landscape design and consulting firm in Denver, Colo. She also shares this image of  “creative bindweed use.” Visit her blog for more helpful landscaping tips. Sane […]

Saving Water While Gardening

Now’s the time to start planning for ways to conserve water in your garden. The little green sprouts in my front yard are whispering to me that spring is on its way. So I’ve started thinking about how I’m going to be more water-wise while gardening this year. One of the most sobering facts I […]

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