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Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Ideas To Enhance Side Yards

Many mountain homes have a side yard that is not only long and narrow but treacherously steep. Good landscape design for such a layout is complicated at best, but when done well, it can tie the entire landscape together in a masterful manner. At our home, Lisa and I have turned our landscape lemons into

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Best Heat Tolerant Shrubs for Desert Landscapes

Shrubs can be very low maintenance, often permanent additions to the landscape. Shrubs are like big, bold perennial plants that get better year after year. You will find the summer selection of plants at the garden center like heat, sun, and drought, better than their spring cousins. For better color, fragrance, and beauty, start with

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Mosquitoes, Flies & Spiders are No Match for these Plants

When it comes to the inevitable face-off between you and bugs, keeping them away from your immediate vicinity is a top priority. There are pesticides and bug traps, but these plants reduce the need for so many chemicals around the patio. Plants are in the business of repelling insects as a natural way of defending

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Flowers for Backyard Parties that Fight Back Insects

Bugs wreak havoc on flowers leaving frustrated gardeners to ponder whether to fight back with chemical pesticides, organic poultices, or angry machete chops. However, even if you’ve lost the battle with bugs this season, you can win the war by planting flowers that insects find unpalatable. These flowers naturally repel insects due to soapy sap,

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