How Pine Needles Help the Garden

11/24/2020 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener If you live in a neighborhood where ponderosa pines grow freely, you know about too many pine needles. Pine trees drop lots of needles, especially those 50-foot giants! Gutter guards protect rain gutters, but…

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USDA Garden Hardiness Map See Temperate Rise

11/19/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Find your garden’s hardiness zone by Zip Code Gardeners rely on USDA Hardiness Zone Maps to tell us which plants survive and thrive locally. The USDA released updated Plant Hardiness Zone Maps for the…

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10 Beautifully Hideous Succulents

11/13/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Watters Garden Center is a Center for Optimism. Optimism (op·ti·mism) definition: hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something. The alternate garden definition – one who plants seed or young…

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How to Grow Vanderwolf Pine

11/05/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Vanderwolf is related to Arizona Pinion Pine by produces fluffy foliage that resembles a blue Cedar from a distance. It is remarkably resilient in dry Arizona soils. Makes a very graceful single specimen for…

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How to Grow Camellias

11/05/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Vivid rose-colored blossoms reach 2-3 inches wide with petals radiating out from a center of contrasting golden stamens. Ice Angle Camellia deserves front yard stature or admired on a patio or deck. Brings glossy…

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How to Grow English Ivy

11/05/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener The only evergreen vine that stays green in shady gardens. Large lustrous foliage stays waxed green through winter, forming a lush blanketing groundcover under large shrubs and trees. Quickly climbs walls, pillars, arbors, and…

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11 Tips to a Stunning Backyard You Love

11/05/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Your yard is meant to be a place of refuge, entertainment with the best of friends and family, a source of fresh air and enjoyment. This is the place to relax, unwind, and have…

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