How to Prune Hydrangeas

05/17/2022 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener What month do you cut hydrangeas back? When and how do you prune hydrangeas? What happens if you don’t cut back hydrangeas? Should you cut old blooms off hydrangeas? Hydrangeas make beautiful focal points…

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Advanced Landscape Pruning for Garden Success

02/02/2019 Ken Davis

Get the loppers and trimmers ready! Timing is critical for the plants in your yard that need pruning. We’ll share techniques for our mountain climate that are sure to make the yard happy, bloom better and reduce disease this spring.…

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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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How to Prune Climbing Roses

02/27/2018 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener We are almost finished pruning at the Lain casa.  Perennials have been cut back to the ground, fruit trees nipped and shaped, and the summer shrubs have been cut back for proper control.  Mountain…

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8 Steps to Pruning Fruit Trees

02/24/2018 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener February is the ideal month to prune and plant fruit trees and we are loading up on local favorites here at the garden center.  The most consistent fruiter in the mountains Arizona is apples. …

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Advanced Landscape Pruning for Garden Success

02/03/2018 Ken Davis

Timing is critical for the plants in your yard that need pruning. We’ll share timely techniques for our mountain climate that are sure to make the yard happy, bloom better and reduce disease this spring.  Guest instructor and arborist Grant…

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Pinching for Bigger Blooms

07/11/2016 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Our family got together last week to celebrate the moms in our lives.  Rain altered the usual patio party so the women gathered in the kitchen, and the men rallied around the smell of…

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9 Essential Gardening Tasks for March

03/02/2016 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, The Mountain Gardener There are a couple of benefits to planting larger-growing conifers before April.  The first is that, knowing garden centers stock up early for the spring planting season, informed gardeners buy early.  This guarantees cream-of-the-crop…

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8 Steps to Pruning Overgrown Fruit Trees

02/17/2016 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener As February is the ideal month to prune and plant fruit trees, we are loading up on local favorites here at the garden center. The most consistently producing fruiters in the mountains of Arizona…

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Am I Supposed to Stop Feeding and Deadheading My Knockout Roses?

10/10/2015 Ken Davis

Yes, as a general rule of thumb, we’ll stop feeding roses as well as deadheading once we get into November. We want the roses to finish their blooming, stop growing, and begin to shut down for the winter. Leaving the…

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