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Steamboat Home & Garden Expo features more than 40 vendors

Wrigley Neeley, 9, plants seeds at the Lawn Lady booth during the Home and Garden Expo on Saturday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

— Eager gardeners and residents who love home improvement projects can get a jump start on the summer season at the annual Steamboat Home & Garden Expo.

More than 40 informational booths and vendors showcasing home and garden products and services are expected to take part in the event, which is likely to draw more than 1,000 guests to the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 6 and includes a free barbecue provided by Steamboat Pilot & Today, Steamboat Meat and Seafood Co. and local 4-H volunteers.

The expo will feature chicken poop bingo and a petting zoo, along with a visit from a baby buffalo named Cherry Bomb.

KBCR will broadcast live from the event, where a $500 Weber Spirit gas grill from Ace Hardware and a $150 grillers meat bundle from Steamboat Meat and Seafood Co. will be given away.

A variety of venders ready to help with projects and yard and garden work inside and out will include Revelation Roofing, Master Carpet Care, Willow Creek Craftsman, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council and many others.

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"This definitely starts our busy season," said Heidi Neeley, who co-owns The Lawn Lady, along with her husband, Jeff.

Neeley said at last year's expo her company's booth gave out seed pods and had a waterfall on display, and this year, they’ll have Frisbees and lawn chairs, weather dependent.

Neeley said her booth would also have giveaways and help attendees with ideas for summer gardening projects.

"It's a great event to get out and see friendly faces," Neeley said.

Event organizer Steamboat Pilot & Today has teamed up with Steamboat Springs Farmers Market vendors, who will be at the event premiering some of their summer products.

Bridget Kelly, manager of event sponsor Ace Hardware, said the spring home and garden season started early this year, thanks to mild late winter weather.

"It was about mid-March this year," Kelly said.

Expo booths will be set up outside and inside at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, with free parking at the Steamboat Springs Transit Center.

Tips from Steamboat's Master Gardeners

By Eugene Buchanan

There are gardeners and then there are Colorado Master Gardeners, who rise above others like the crops they sow. A registered service mark of Colorado State University Extension, CMGs, of which there are 35 in Routt County, are graduates of the nationwide Master Gardener training system, enabling them to help the gardening public solve problems to foster successful, sustainable gardening.

Andoni Cameron

"Be kind to you worms! To prepare you soil, obtain a soil test from the Extension Office, aerate by adding compost and any other amendments recommended, and in general, get the garden ready for seed."

Eileen Grover

"Start with the soil. All soils are different, and it's important to know what you're working with. Soil samples can be sent to CSU for testing to determine the soil type and the nutrients available. Soil sample jars can be obtained at the Routt County Extension Office. Also, some of the questions you can have answered for group plants includes: How much water do they need? Do they need full sun, shade or a combination? Are the plants zoned for our area, zones 3-4?"

Georgianne Nelson

"Aerate your lawn in the spring. For the best results, aerate when the lawn has been watered or after rain or snow."

Andy Kennedy

"Be water-wise. Water is absorbed through the roots only, and sprinkler-watering in full sun will dry and can even burn the foliage. Using a drip system is more efficient for the plant's intake. Setting up a timer on the drip adds to that efficiency; and makes life easier – whether you travel or work out of the home, watering in the early morning and evening gives the plants the consistency they need to grow, and the timer ensure that. You can also add a rain gauge to minimize the use of city water."

Cammie Downing

"Overwhelmed by the garden climate in Steamboat Springs? My advice is to visit the CSU Extension Office or the website at estension.colostate.edu. It has the answers!"

This story was originally published in the Spring 2017 edition of Steamboat Living magazine. For more information or to get on the magazine distribution list, call 970-871-4232.

If you go:

What: Steamboat Home & Garden Expo

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 6

Where: Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave.