Refreshing Poolside Landscapes for the Perfect Patio

08/11/2022 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener There are as many ways to landscape around the pool as possible styles and shapes of pools. Formal styles show off the pool as part of your home’s architecture. Whatever your style, you need…

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Ideas To Enhance Side Yards

11/18/2021 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener  Many mountain homes have a side yard that is not only long and narrow but treacherously steep. Good landscape design for such a layout is complicated at best, but when done well, it can…

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2021 Garden Trends You’ll See at the Garden Center

02/12/2021 Ken Davis

Audible Stories provided by Signals AZClick on the 3 Dots to download and listen on the Go by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Unless you’ve been living under a rock, 2020 was an unprecedented year, to say the least. Despite…

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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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Feng Shui Design for Healing Energy from the Garden

09/09/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Novice describes the beauty, openness, style, and a unique gathering. Design experts see the mathematical balance between hardscape and plantscape, yet Asia defines this feeling as Feng Shui. A Feng Shui design is meant…

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It’s Scientific: Gardening = Centenarians!

06/11/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Could nurturing a green thumb help you live to be 100? Certain parts of the world, defined as “blue zones”, are famous for their many centenarian citizens.  Although spread across the globe, these 100-year-olds…

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12 “Tiny” Trees for Small Yards

04/16/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Not everyone has room for a mighty oak or a giant cottonwood in the backyard, but fortunately, there are trees for just about any size yard. Whether trees for a little shade, a bit…

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Ultimate Guide to Garden $avings

08/22/2019 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Gardening is a hobby, and like all hobbies, it’s easy to get carried away beyond hobby-budgeted funds. Even after you have the necessary tools and supplies, there always are new plants, hats, gloves, and…

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Plants for Rock Gardens?

08/14/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Stones in the garden are pretty, but their colors and forms emerge dramatically when low growing, drought-tough plants are added amongst them. There are many plants that will grow between rocks, but these rockery…

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Start the Year Fresh ~ DeClutter the Yard

01/27/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Although you make “every effort” the yard just never seems to have that cared-for look. Chances are that you have at least a couple of items of clutter that should be on their way…

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