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Fertilizing now will keep lawn lovely

Question: I remember you said to apply fertilizer to a lawn around Thanksgiving. But during that time, it was cold, and the fertilizer bag says to water frequently.

Bird viewing preserve offers close contact with nature

At this busy time of year, it’s good to keep in mind an outdoor destination close enough that it won’t require much time and preparation. Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve is just such a place — an oasis of natural peace hidden close to the urban bustle of the Las Vegas Valley.

Springs Preserve offers year-round adventures

With numerous holiday events, the opening of the Nevada State Museum and the Bet on the Farm! Farmers Market, Jim Johnson, public relations manager at the Springs Preserve, said there are activities for every member of the family.

Culling citrus key to a healthy tree

Question: I have a Meyer lemon in a container that still has lemons on it. They are not totally ripe. What trimming should be done and what time of year?

Youth ski and snowboard team teaching professional fundamentals

For the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort’s All Mountain Team, moving up with downhill skills is kid stuff. The local development program is designed for youths ages 6-17 who have mastered the fundamentals of skiing and snowboarding and want to continue with professional instruction.

Plenty of Death Valley hiking to be done this time of year

This is the perfect time of year to get over to Death Valley National Park and hit some of the badland trails. One especially suited for winter is the hike from Zabriskie Point to Golden Canyon.

Arctic Star fruit tree works for focal points

Question: I was reading that you really like the Arctic Star nectarine tree for growing here in Las Vegas. Is this tree a dwarf? How big will it get? What do you think of planting fruit trees in the front yard (not as a focal point, but rather on the side of the house)?

Fruit variety will fight late freezes

Question: I planted an orchard about 4 years ago here in Pahrump. I planted many different fruit varieties and have come to find some of them do not work here. Their blossoms and foliage, in most cases, are very beautiful, but the fruit does not ripen. I was wondering about some other fruit trees that may work in our area.

Running a golf course isn’t all fun and games

“Take this job and shove it. I ain’t working here no more.” Those words from my favorite country song occurred to me last week in my day job, following a particularly busy week. Running a golf course could be fun. Running two would probably double the excitement.

Avoid splitting fruits with wood mulch

Question: I have a Washington navel orange which is about four or five years old. The fruit is splitting. What causes this?

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