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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Winter Greenery Best Planted in Cold

01/18/2019 Ken Davis

Winter is the season to plant evergreens that look good no matter the weather.  Local evergreens brighten our winter landscapes, and they prefer being planted during the colder months. If your landscape needs more green showing through that rock lawn,…

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Preparing Garden Soils for Spring Planting

01/09/2019 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Once you’ve tried digging the first planting hole in a mountain garden you learn that our native soils are HARD ! !  Skimp on spring soil preparation to “soften” the ground and a mountain…

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Ten Most Popular Houseplants!

01/03/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener There is a seemingly cavernous void in the living room when the Christmas tree and holiday greens are taken down for another year.  There’s a simple solution to this annual letdown:  Ring in the…

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10 Most Popular Houseplants!

01/02/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener There is a seemingly cavernous void in the living room when the Christmas tree and holiday greens are taken down for another year.  There’s a simple solution to this annual letdown:  Ring in the…

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Planting Trees in Winter?!?

12/28/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardenerGenerally, the best time for planting trees is late winter through early spring.Typically this period is followed by a season of moderate weather, giving new transplants time to become established.  For gardens above 6500 feet,…

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6 Gardening Tips for Year’s End

12/21/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener The days grow short as we move into the last of the 2018 gardening season. This is the time when gardeners like to relax, sip some tea while warming our feet by the fire,…

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What is “Dormancy”? What happens when plants go “Dormant”?

11/23/2018 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener To those of you new to the four seasons of Northern Arizona:  Autumn is a time of intense transition in yards and landscapes.  Leaves fall off of leafy trees, and flowering perennials bloom one…

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Top 10 Bird Feeding Mistakes

12/23/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener It is easy to get started feeding birds, but novice birders often make simple mistakes that can keep birds from enjoying their backyard feeders. While some mistakes only make feeders unattractive, others can endanger…

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December To-Do List and Garden Tips

12/02/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener The differences in altitude of our Northern Arizona gardens dictate the garden tasks for December. At higher elevations like Flagstaff, Williams, and the White Mountains there are few December gardens.  December at these elevations…

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