Gardening Tips for Year’s End

11/22/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener The days grow short as we move into the last of the 2019 gardening season. This is a time to relax, sip tea while warming our feet by the fire, and reflect on our…

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9 Ways to an Easy Garden

04/01/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener A good garden is coffee time with your thoughts, watching a sunrise, the majesty of a butterfly, or the buzzing of hummingbirds. Gardener is a label proudly worn, but there are some unpleasant tasks…

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Best Autumn-Red Tree

10/08/2016 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Autumn tree colors are here!    Sadly, most properties don’t have many trees.  You actually can count on one hand the number of trees in the average landscape.  In any landscape, trees stand out like…

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10 Easy Steps to Healthy Fall Gardens

10/09/2015 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener It’s time to start checking off items from that fall gardening to-do list. These are things I do every fall; my aim is to complete all ten things by the end of October. Today’s…

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April 4 – Drip Irrigation Design and Install (Free)

12/29/2014 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Newest technologies in irrigation introduced. It’s time to turn that irrigation back on. Learn the benefits of drip irrigation, the best emitters and parts, how to set a system up or add to it. With the right system you can…

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9 Spring Gardening Mistakes to Avoid

11/23/2012 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

The featured plant for this week is the Lavender Lady carnation. Perennial carnations are the most popular cut flowers in the world, and this stunning newcomer with its long vigorous stems is a standout. The flowers last and last after…

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Colors to Boost Your Backyard BBQ

11/23/2012 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

The most festive outdoor American holiday is this weekend! It’s a time spent with a backyard BBQ, friends, family, fireworks, parades, and more. The backyard needs to look its best, yet getting it ready for a special occasion can be…

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Routine and Razzle Dazzle

11/16/2012 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Finally! The monsoons have arrived over most of the state. Before cheering when you hear “50% chance of rain”, you need to remember what that forecast really means in the mountains of Arizona: The weatherman is telling you that half…

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Time To Adjust the Timers

10/06/2012 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

If your irrigation system’s water volume in September was the same as its volume for June, you need to change the timer settings. The length of time a tree needs to be watered in June is the same length of…

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Essential October Steps to a Healthy Garden

09/29/2012 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

This week’s photo is for the outdoorsmen who read this column. Imagine eight men on a houseboat last week, 75 miles up Lake Powell fishing the San Juan arm of the lake, and you’ll have the setting for our experience.…

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