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Garden Help Desk: Saving seeds and protecting trees

I bought more seed packages than I ended up using this spring. Will they stay good and store better in airtight food sealer bags? How long can I keep them in the bags? Your seeds should probably be fine in a food sealer bag but that’s probably not necessary unless you’re planning to ...

Savvy Senior: Simple and inexpensive final farewells

Dear Savvy Senior, My husband and I are looking for the simplest and least expensive way to dispose of our bodies when we die. We hate the idea of wasting a lot of money on high-priced funerals and would like some advice on some simple and cheap send-offs. — Simple Seniors Dear ...

Garden Help Desk: Suckers! How to care for damaged trees with new growths

Question: I have a young sycamore tree. I planted it a few years ago and this year it has sycamore scale. At this point, the leaves are falling off and the tree is sending up growths from the bottom. Any advice on how I should treat this? Do I let the growths continue so that the tree has ...

Garden Help Desk: There’s no dearth of tips for watering during a drought

You’ve heard about the drought, right? The Intermountain West is in the middle of a long, difficult drought, and we can’t continue to tell ourselves things will be better if we can just get a little rain.Landscape watering uses about 60% of our residential water supply. Making changes now ...

Garden Help Desk: With careful watering, landscaping can remain healthy

You’ve heard about the drought, right? The Intermountain West is in the middle of a long, difficult drought and we can’t continue to tell ourselves things will be better if we can just get a little rain. Landscape watering uses about 60% of our residential water supply. Making changes now ...

Garden Help Desk: Tricks of the trade to help decrease weeds

<strong>Question</strong><em>: I want to get rid of weeds without using chemicals. I know I can just pull them, but I’d like to do less of that, too.</em><strong>Answer</strong>: Preemergent herbicides can be ...

Garden Help Desk: Speculation surrounds death of walnut trees

We’ve been getting several calls and emails each day about walnut trees that seemed to look fine last year and now look either dead or dying.You’ve probably seen struggling walnut trees when you’ve been out and about. Is it a walnut tree apocalypse? A walnut plague? You may have heard ...

Garden Help Desk: Dry spots in lawn may be sprinkler coverage issue

This week we’re taking a look at another lawn watering problem — what can we do about dry spots in our lawns.Not all dry spots are related to watering problems; disease, insect damage and wear and tear can all cause dry spots, but watering issues are a common cause. If you feel you’re ...

Garden Help Desk: How to deal with leafcurl ash aphids

<strong>Question</strong><em>: There are white bugs on my ash tree. What are they and how can I get rid of them?</em>Answer: These look like leafcurl ash aphids. They spend their winters on the roots of ash trees. The aphids migrate up the ...