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Post-Modern Hedgerow, common in the British Isles

Life in the Margins: The Role of the Post-Modern Hedgerow

By Dave Coulter One of my favorite memories from my childhood was finding a box turtle living under a line of gnarly Osage orange (Maclura pomifera) trees in my suburban Chicago neighborhood. It was not until many years later that I realized that this row of rough trees, threading through backyards and along roadsides, was […]

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Using Common Sense to Get Through a Drought. It’s Your Best Weapon!

The West has been under attack the last several years…by a lack of water. Few days go by without seeing images of dry soil, dry lake beds and dry crops. Farming, drinking water, summer and winter recreation have all been affected.

So, perhaps, has your garden and your yard.

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Glasses of wine in front of fire.

Slow Down and Enjoy the Season

   

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Eat, Prey, Fly…Raptors in our Backyards!

We know we are lucky living in the Rocky Mountains and nearby plains for many reasons. So are the fine Birds of Prey that live with us.

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“How will we know it’s us without our past?”

That quote from John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath succinctly summarizes the importance of Historic Preservation. And, in Colorado, we are fortunate to have, and here at Art of the Land, support, Colorado Preservation, Inc., the steward of Historic Preservation throughout our state.

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Reality Check…No Farms. No Food.

Putting food on the table is certainly a priority in our daily lives. And, it is clearly the priority of our nation’s farmers.

But, with over 50 acres of farm and ranch land being lost to development every day, how do we make sure we don’t run out of farmland, much less food?

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Bees, Art of the Land, Neonicotinoids, pesticides

Bees. Now you see them…

A big word: Neonicotinoids. That may be what is causing all the worldwide buzz about disappearing bees. Neonicotinoids are a new generation of pesticides being used widely on corn and other food crops.

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Farming by Design…Right in Your Own Backyard!

For those with active yards of their own (or, inactive yards for that matter), great pleasure and probable food cost savings are available right outside the window. Backyard farming has established its roots!

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Chickens in the Landscape…Lay on the Design!

So, you’ve hatched the idea of chickens in your backyard. Sounds simple enough. But, where do you start? Your landscape professional can assist with design and construction of the best environment for raising chickens in your own backyard. Multiple sources of information on Urban Chickens are available on line and in print.

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Plan Now For Next Season

Landscaping is tricky business in Colorado with a short seasonal window. People have a tendency to think they will wait until spring to start the process but this actually puts you down the line for scheduling. The time to start next year’s project is now. It takes time to find the right company. After choosing […]

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