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Tri River Area CSU Extension - To provide information, education and to encourage the application of research-based knowledge to the communities of Delta, Mesa, Montrose, and Ouray Counties.

Overview

The Colorado State University Extension Tri River Area Horticulture Program extends research-based information about plant-related concerns to home gardeners, the Green Industry (nurseries, sod farms, lawn care companies, arborists, etc.), commercial vegetable producers, government entities, and other community members and agencies in Mesa, Delta, Montrose, San Miguel and Gunnison Counties. Information is also provided on a state, interstate, and international level because of our efforts.

Major program areas and educational activities include but are not limited to:

  • Insect and plant disease diagnosis
  • Master Gardener program
  • Workshops for ‘Green Industry Professionals’ and backyard gardeners
  • Expertise regarding sod farms, pesticide application, commercial nursery production, greenhouse crop production and vegetable crops.
  • Soil and water testing for soluble salts and related soils information.

In addition to our program areas we also invite you to visit the Ute Ethno-botanical Learning Garden.The two and a half acre Ute Learning Garden features native plants that were used by the Utes on their annual migrations.  Berms in the garden group the plants into life zones representing the altitudes and ecosystems of Western Colorado. The garden features wickiups, a tipi and a shade structure and interpretive signs that describe Ute culture and history.  Tours available. For a Visit Request Form click here.

For a map of the gardens, please see below or click here for larger image:ULG MapCome visit us! ULGVisit Request Form

Contact Us:

Susan Carter, Horticulture Agent

Email: susan.carter@mesacounty.us
Phone: 970-244-1850
Fax: 970-244-1700

Susan Honea, TRA Horticulture Coordinator

Email: susan.honea@mesacounty.us
Phone: 970-244-1841
Fax: 970-244-1700

Publications

Hot Topics

Bees Swarming?
  • Don’t hurt the bees, just call Western Colorado Beekeepers Association who can safely remove the bees! Please call 970-812-0080
  • For Western Colorado Beekeepers Association website, please click here.
Plant Diagnostics.

Plant Problems? Bring us a fresh sample!

  • 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.
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 to use as windbreaks, re-vegetation, 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.
  • Sales begin in November 2016 and will be available for pick up May 2017. Be sure to place your orders early as trees may sell out and are provided on a first come first serve basis.
  • To be placed on the mailing list for the 2016-2017 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.

Programs


2017 Pomology Field Day

May 18th from 9Am-3:30PM. Located at the Western Colorado Research Center in Orchard Mesa.

Native Plant Masters
  • The Tri River Area Extension is accepting applications for its 2017 Native Plant Master Program. Participants in Native Plant Master courses learn identification, ecology and human uses of selected Colorado plants emphasizing sustainable landscaping and invasive weeds. For more information click here Native Plant Master Info.

For the adult Native Plant Master Volunteer Application, please click here.

For the youth Native Plant Master Application (age 16-17), please click here.

Demonstration Day

Saturday, June 3rd: Free Demonstrations from 9AM-2PM, plus tours!

 

Colorado State Seedling Tree Program
  • Low-cost seedling trees and shrubs are provided each year by the Colorado State Forest Service, for homeowners to use as windbreaks, re-vegetation, 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.
  • Sales begin in November 2016 and will be available for pick up May 2017. Be sure to place your orders early as trees may sell out and are provided on a first come first serve basis.
  • To be placed on the mailing list for the 2016-2017 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.

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Non-Volunteer Master Gardener Single Education Courses

TRA CSU Extension will soon be starting their Colorado Master Gardener classes. Though it is too late for participants to sign up for the course this year as a volunteer (registration started in October), TRA offers the different topics as single day options. If there is a particular topic you want to learn about such as woody plants and pruning, soils, turf and many others, contact Susan Honea to reserve your spot at 970-244-1841.

 

Seedling Survival Classes

Join us to learn how to plant and establish your seedlings to enjoy for years to come!

March 7th at the Delta County Fairgrounds- Delta County Courthouse, 6-7 PM

March 14th at the Mesa County Fairgrounds- Mesa County Fairgrounds, 6-7 PM

April 11th at the Montrose County Fairgrounds- Montrose County Fairgrounds, 5-6 PM

Chinle Cactus Garden

This complex includes a 3,500 square foot demonstration garden that showcases cacti and other cold-hardy xeric plants. Designed and built by the Chinle Cactus & Succulent Society in 2000, this garden features over 300 plant species, varieties, cultivars and hybrids. Take a walk through the garden to see the fabulous colors, shapes and textures of the cacti, succulents and companion plants that thrive in our challenging Western Slope climate. For more information, please click here.

Past 2017 Classes

Western Colorado Soil Health Conference

Taking place on February 23-24, in Delta, CO, this conference is designed to educate producers, government officials, and the broad community about ways to increase organic matter in and the health of our soils through cover crops, green manure, grazing, compost, entomology, and other sustainable practices.

This conference will provide cutting edge information on how to put practices to work on local farms, orchards, and smaller homesteads/gardens.They are pleased to host nationally and locally recognized speakers and panel presenters. For more information, please click here.

Progreen Expo

On the front range, there are also several great conferences to attend. There is the Progreen Expo, The Premier Rocky Mountain Regional Green Industry Conference February 7-10, 2017 in Denver, CO. TRA Extension Horticulture Agent, Susan Carter, and many other CSU Horticulture Agents and staff will be putting on workshops. There are many classes and exhibits going all week long, so don’t miss out on your oportunity! For more information and registration, please click here.

Second Annual Landscaping with Colorado Native Plants Conference

February 11, 2017: The Landscaping with Colorado Native Plants Conference promotes the inclusion of native plants in our landscaping to benefit pollinators and songbirds, save water, and restore the beauty and health of nature in the places we live, work and play. For more information and to register, please click here.

Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association 3rd Annual Conference

Don’t miss the full day of educational and networking sessions, February 21, 2017, that are part of the Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association Third Annual Conference. Learn more register by clicking here.

Western Horticulture Society Conference

Monday, Jan. 16. from 8:00-5:00 a Special Shortcourse will be offered at CSU’s Orchard Mesa Research Center for growers wishing to receive training in Food Safety. The full day program will be offered to 35 participants for a fee of $100 (includes lunch and training materials) The course will satisfy the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule – requirement outlined in subsection 112.22(c). To register and for more information, please click here.

CSU Free Workshops

CSU TRA Extension will be hosting two workshops by Whitney Cranshaw, CSU Entomologist, at the Mesa County Fairgrounds, February 14, 2017. The first workshop will focus on landscape insects and is available for Colorado Master Gardeners and tree care providers to attend. The second workshop will focus on household insects and their control. This workshop will be best for retail employees that sell pesticides and insect control products. Both classes are FREE, so come learn how to provide the best management products and practices to your customers! Call 970.244.1834 to reserve your free seat!

Western Colorado Pest Management Workshop

The Western Colorado Pest Management Workshop is an opportunity for pesticide applicators to earn CEUs for their licensing and for others to gain knowledge. This event is will be held at Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction on February 15-16th with many breakout sessions and specific training. For more information call our office at 970-244-1834 or head to our Entomology page!

Check out our 2017 Horticulture and Gardening programs:

  • 2017 Master Gardener Classes January 19-March 30,  Thursdays, at the Ute Water Conservancy District Building at 2190 H 1/4 Rd, Grand Junction.

 

Resources

Do you have lawn issues that you want to resolve? Or a client with an inefficient irrigation system? Often simple irrigation head corrections can make a difference. Please view the link to the Landscape Irrigation Self Audit website and power point include herein. Susan Carter, Horticulture Agent, has a LISA kit that can be checked out. CSU requests a $25 donation to cover upkeep on the kit. The first zone is the hardiest to setup. Once you get down the system, the next zones in the landscape go much quicker.

For the link to the Landscape Irrigation Self Audit website, click here.

For the Lawn Irrigation Self Audit (LISA) Toolkit, click here.

Videos

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How To’s
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Poisonous Plants

 

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