Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Top 10 Spring Cleaning Tasks Every Garden Needs – Ken Lain

Serious gardeners are in the garden on the first warm day of spring. While there is no harm in cleaning up fallen branches and debris, wait until the soil is no longer wet enough to form a ball in your hand before walking on it and compacting. But start your cleanup quickly. It’s much easier


Creating a Firewise Landscape

One of the most important steps you can take to protect your home from wildfire is to create defensible space around your home. DEFENSIBLE SPACE: The area between a structure (your home) and a wildfire where vegetation has been modified to reduce the intensity and ability of a wildfire to spread. All vegetation, whether naturally

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

5 Amazing Privacy & Seclusion Trees that Screen – Ken Lain

Photo: Juniper blue arrow as a screen. Now is the time to plant privacy screens for maximum growth and seclusion in spring. Without strategically placed evergreens in the yard, it can feel as if prying eyes are looking right into your home. Not only does your privacy seemingly disappear, but that neighbor’s debris pile can

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

10 Easy-to-Grow Plants Anyone Can Grow – Ken Lain

Mountain landscapes offer diverse four seasons of tremendous plants. Because of the cool summers, you have far more choices the desert dwellers only dream of. It can be overwhelming with where to start. Start with this list of easy-to-grow plants for local landscapes. We chose two for each type of plant as a starting point.

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

7 Trees With Brilliant Fall Color + Bonus

Many mountain trees offer spectacular autumn colors, but glowing fall leaves light up only one of our four seasons. The best landscape trees shine in every growing season. Maples provide some of the best fall colors. Several are outstanding shade trees through summer, others a great source of sap for syrup, and the smallest flame

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Enjoy a Brighter Fall Garden in 5 September Steps

August is the hottest month in the gardens. Vegetable and flower gardeners relish in the bounty the heat and monsoon rain offers. Others long for the calm, cool Autumn nights Arizona is so famous. September is a transition month with some critical garden needs at hand. Keeping up with fall maintenance assures both the health

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