The Value of Good Landscaping to Home Selling Price

04/28/2014 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Many homeowners today, constantly remind themselves of the importance of maintaining a strong resell value with their property. With this in mind, real estate professionals have come up with several different ways to help homeowners increase their home selling price…

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Frost Warning above 4700 feet!

04/26/2014 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Be very careful tonight through Sunday April 27th.  Most frost damage occurs to plants exposed to the first clear night after a spring storm.  Make sure plants are well hydrated this evening and brought under the protection of a patio, carport or garage…

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The Daily Courier Kills Garden Guy

04/26/2014 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Sources close to matters have confirmed the Daily Courier has killed the mountain gardeners weekly column after decades of local advice. Many of the columnist have been pressured to change where content is published and by who. Ken Lain, “I…

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Creating an Exceptional Mother’s Day Gift

04/25/2014 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Flowers are a traditional part of every Mother’s Day celebration, and with that special occasion just two weeks away I couldn’t resist a column about flowers.  However, instead of a bouquet of her favorite blooms or a blossom-covered plant, I’m…

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Native Plants for an Arizona Southwest Landscape

04/18/2014 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Gardeners new to the area often try to bring their landscapes with them, including the plants they loved back home rather than using native plants. Admittedly, we have such a mild climate that the variety of plants that do well…

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Planted My First Crop of Tomatoes this Week!

04/11/2014 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

In fear that a late frost would damage young plants, I have been holding back planting my first crop of summer vegetables.  Well, the gardener within has been holding back long enough!  With daytime temperatures well into the 70’s and…

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Care Free Festive Monkey-faced Blooms? Think Pansies!

04/04/2014 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Legend has it that pansies could transfer the thoughts of sweethearts without a spoken word. The flowers were a popular ingredient in “love potions”, and have appeared in the writings of many authors including D. H. Lawrence, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Wordsworth,…

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