The Ultimate Guide to Planting a Privacy Screen

05/31/2019 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener June is an ideal time to plant a new living wall.  With the building boom currently in full swing, privacy is a hot topic at the garden center. Without strategically placed evergreens in the…

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Best Fragrant Shrubs for Mountain Gardens

03/15/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardenerShrubs have many uses in a landscape, but gardeners who especially appreciate sweet-smelling plants are drawn to the most fragrant shrubs. Whether cold-hardy or tropical, bushes in this group are valued for scenting the air…

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Best Evergreen Shrubs for Small Gardens

02/08/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the  mountain gardener When you think of small evergreen shrubs, do you have an image in your mind of small, rather uninteresting lumps of green dotting a landscape? Well, you shouldn’t. There are plenty of lush bushes…

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When to Prune Each Plant

01/25/2019 admin

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener . . With questions about pruning flooding into the garden center, there’s no doubt that pruning is in full swing. Some homeowners new to the area are overwhelmed with where to start on a…

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Plants that Screen for Privacy and Sense of Seclusion

10/12/2018 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener October is the time to plant privacy screens for the maximum growth necessary for seclusion next year.  As the autumn colors drop the last of their leaves our gardens can feel naked, but non-deciduous…

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Powdery Mildew – Identify and Cure

09/01/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener                           Mildew on Plant Powdery mildew is one of the most prevalent and easily recognized plant diseases of…

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Gardening While Saving

08/18/2018 Ken Davis

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

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The Difference Between Frost and Freeze Warnings

03/31/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Spring is here and the planting season is in full gear but there still is a chance of frost.  Already customers have been to the garden center begging for tomato plants, the ultimate temperate,…

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Plant Foods Simplified Locally

02/27/2018 Ken Davis

by Lisa Watters-Lain,  Arizona’s garden gal When walking down the fertilizer aisle at Watters Garden Center or any home improvement store you can’t help notice the dizzying the array of plant food. You’ll see bags and bottles, powders and granules,…

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2018 Roses of the Year

02/26/2018 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

2018 Mountain Rose of the Year Collection by Lisa Watters-Lain, the mountain gardener The mountains of Arizona are famous for our easy-care roses. Because of the dry air and alkaline soils we just grow a better, brighter, more fragrant rose…

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