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Use Root Stimulator in All Seasons!

You know you're supposed to stop, or drastically cut back, fertilizing your plants between September and March to aid in their necessary dormant period. But, did you know you can work on root health all year long? Because root stimulators are a hormone that encourages root growth, rather than a chemical that forces plant growth, you can help your root structure become sturdier and ready for the coming season of above-ground leafing, blooming, and fruiting. What is root stimulator? It sounds like a fertilizer but isn't quite the same. It's a hormone (auxin) that is produced by young plants when they are forming their root systems. Indole Acetic Acid (IAA) is the naturally occurring form of auxin found in plants. Indole-3-Butyric Acid (IBA), which is synthesized IAA, is the active ingredient you'll see on the labels of commercial root stimulators. Why not fertilize your plants all year long? Fertilizers are... Read More

Winterizing Your Colorado Garden

Now that fall has officially arrived, it is time to start getting your Colorado garden ready for winter’s swift approach. Because Northern Colorado’s winter weather is rarely predictable, gardening in our area presents unusual challenges. The fluctuation between cold and warm temperatures, dry wind, and snow can wreak havoc on even the toughest plants. By following these few simple guidelines, your garden will come back again once the warm rays of spring sun start to shine.

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Gardening Podcasts to Inspire, Indoors and Out!

If you’re like us, you’ve constantly got gardening on the brain. You commute while thinking about gardening, exercise while thinking about gardening, clean the house while thinking about gardening, and even GARDEN while thinking about gardening! With thousands of topics covered in podcasts (free pre-recorded audio shows) it’s no wonder that there are many excellent gardening podcasts for inspired listening while going about your day. If you are new to the world of gardening podcasts, here are five of our favorites to get you started.

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The Basics of Fall Mums

With fall in the air, you might find yourself becoming nostalgic for the color of your summer garden. A great way to extend the beauty of your garden well into fall is to plant chrysanthemums, or “Garden Mums.” With their tightly packed, colorful blooms, the flowers last for weeks, not days, and the sheer number of buds per plant will convince anyone that this flower is a real autumn star!

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Roses: What’s in a Name?

When shopping for roses for your garden you’ll notice there are different types listed on the labels. In a garden center like Gulley Greenhouse, the roses are even sorted by type for easier selection. Here is a quick guide you can use to choose which kind of rose is the perfect one for you and your garden…

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