FEATURES


  • Plant Diagnostics - Tri River Area
    • Master Gardener diagnosticians are meeting each week in each of our offices, to examine the plant samples that have been brought to us and try to determine the cause of the problems. If you are bringing us a plant sample, there are several things you can do to help out the diagnostic team:
      • Bring in as fresh a sample as possible. Plants left in a hot car become much harder to identify.
      • Bring in as much of the plant as possible, including the root where feasible. Bring along some of the soil, so it can be tested for salts.
      • Bring in both an area of the plant that is suffering, and if possible an adjacent section that is doing well. This is especially helpful with turf samples.
      • If you need the plant identified, flowers and/or fruit will make diagnosis easier.
    • When you come to the office, the Master Gardeners will have you fill out a form that asks a number of questions about the plant. Answering these as thoroughly as possible is very helpful! You can reach the Master Gardeners at each of our offices. In Delta, we’re at 874-2195; in Montrose, at 249-3935, and in Grand Junction we’re at 244-1836. Leave a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

  • Western Slope Gardening Internet Discussion Group - Tri River Area
    • Western Slope Garden is an internet discussion group dealing with subjects of interest to Western Colorado gardeners. If you'd like to share your observations and learn about what others are seeing in their yards, or have problems you'd like help with, contact Sheryl Williams at sherylwil@gmail.com and ask about getting added to the list.

  • Mesa County Noxious Weed Cost-Share Program
    • All weeds on the Mesa County Noxious Weed List plus chicory are eligible. The County will reimburse landowners for 50% of the cost of herbicides, herbicide application by a certified professional, and/or 50% of the cost for labor (assessed at $10/hour) for mechanical control if that method is appropriate for the weed involved (for example, annuals or biennials). Up to $500 per landowner can be reimbursed by the County. In other words, a landowner spending $1000 can be reimbursed $500 if their application is approved. Because funds are limited, applications are reviewed and selected for funding by the County Weed Advisory Board. Jude Sirota, Mesa County Pest Inspector, or Karen Eslinger, Pest Control Technician, are available to assist landowners with identification of the weeds and preparing their Management Plans. More details and a Cost-Share application are available from Jude Sirota, P.O. Box 20,000-5025, Grand Junction, CO, 81502-5025, phone: 970-255-7120, email: jude.sirota@mesacounty.us. Or visit the website to download the application at http://www.mesacounty.us/pest/.

  • Home Use Pesticide Database - Tri River Area
    • The Home Use Pesticide Database is finally on line at http://homeusepesticide.org. This site is an easy to use compilation of over-the-counter pesticides with links to labels or information sites. A user can sort by pesticide type (insecticide, herbicide, vertebrate control ...), and uses within the type (fly, vegetable, fruit, houseplant, etc. insecticides). Organic gardeners can limit their search to organic materials only if they so desire. There are approximately 1000 products in the database. This site will be updated annually, and will be expanded this winter to include information on over-the-counter pesticides and their use.
    • Please use the site if it fits your needs. If you like it, let others know about it. Any and all comments on usability, bugs, and suggested improvements are welcome, please send these comments to Bob Hammon, Extension Agent - Entomology via email to bob.hammon@mesacounty.us.

  • ServSafe Certification Class - Tri River Area
    • ServSafe is a national recognized course developed by the National Restaurant Association as a comprehensive treatment of the subject of food safety. Food Service Managers who are not certified by an accredited Food Safety Course should attend. The Colorado Retail Food Establishment Rules and Regulations state that a manager needs to be on hand who has passes a certified food safety program. Class space is limited, registration, first come first serve basis and held in Grand Junction and Delta throughout the year. Cost is $120 per person.
    • For more information and class dates, contact Norraine Hetzel at 970-244-1834 or via email at norraine.hetzel@mesacounty.us.

  • Colorado State Seedling Tree Program - Tri River Area
    • Low-cost seedling trees and shrubs are provided each year by the Colorado State Forest Service, for homeowners with two or more acres to use as windbreaks, revegetation, wildlife habitat, etc. The trees are not to be used for landscape purposes, nor can they be resold as living plants. Get your order in as soon as possible for the best selection. You can visit the Forest Service website at http://csfs.colostate.edu for information on the plants such as height and width, drought tolerance, recommended altitude range, wildlife value and so forth, to help you make your selections.
    • To be placed on the mailing list for the 2010 Seedling Tree Program, contact your local Extension Office in Mesa County call 970-244-1834, in Delta County call 970-874-2195 or Montrose/Ouray Counties 970-249-3935.