Fertilize Everything in the Yard Before Halloween

10/14/2022 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Walk down any aisle of your local garden center, and you can’t help but notice the dizzying array of plant foods. You’ll see bags, bottles, powders, granules, sprays, and concentrates. Furthermore, you’ll discover more…

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34 Perennials to Cut Back in Fall & How to Grow Them

11/02/2021 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener What perennials should not be cut back in the autumn? Pruning Perennials. Should all perennials be cut back in the fall? Can you cut back perennials before frost? When should perennials be cut back…

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7 Trees With Brilliant Fall Color + Bonus

10/27/2021 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener What trees have the prettiest fall colors? Fall color trees zone 7. What trees turn bright red in the fall? Small trees with fall color. What trees turn bright orange in the fall? What…

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11 Fall Tips for Better Gardens

10/15/2021 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Flowers to plant in fall for spring. Preparing gardens for Autumn. How to enrich a garden in fall? When to clean up the garden. What should I put on my garden in the fall?…

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Best Vegetables to Grow in a Fall Garden

09/03/2021 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener There are lots of vegetables that grow well through the cool autumn weather. Some plants need longer days and a bit warmer soil to really get started, but all produce through the end of…

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How to Grow Mums

09/30/2020 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Mums are as ubiquitous in Autumn as pumpkins during the fall harvest. You find them everywhere and anywhere from supermarkets, gas stations to the garden center. You need to know mums are incredibly easy…

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Why it is Necessary to Rake Leaves

10/31/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Many gardeners ask if it is necessary to rake leaves off of lawns or out of the gardens.  Some leaves, such as those from red maple trees, are stunning lying on the ground and…

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October Companion Plants and the Soil they Love

10/10/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener October is famous for its autumn colors, and some mountain plants show their bright hues better than others.  I took this photo of a group of my favorite fall companion plants.  I think they…

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10 Things to do with Fallen Autumn Leaves

10/03/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Autumn leaves are a wonderment of the season. Although dropped leaves make for extra work, I really enjoy the seasonal change.  When most of the leaves have dropped, we pile them high and play…

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8 Essentials to a Healthy Autumn Landscape

10/02/2019 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener It definitely feels like Autumn in the Lain gardens. We haven’t lit the pilot light on the fireplace, but there is a chill in the air every morning. There are a few things I…

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