winter

Fires

Seasonal discarding of fireplace ashes

With winter fast approaching the Prescott Fire Department would like to remind you of the dangers associated with carelessly discarding your ashes from your fireplaces. Every year the Prescott Fire Department responds to fires resulting from the discarding of fireplace ashes that are not quite extinguished. These fires have resulted in the loss of personal

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Top 10 Evergreen Shrubs of Winter +

Autumn colors are spectacular. The colors and textures are unique to the four seasons of the mountain west. As we wrap up the last Autumn leaves, the landscape can feel naked and bare. Deciduous plants, which lose their leaves through winter, often expose you to prying eyes, vehicle glare, and a yard that feels empty.

COVID-19

COVID-19 hot spots offer sign of what could be ahead for US

The contagious delta variant is driving up COVID-19 hospitalizations in the Mountain West and fueling disruptive outbreaks in the North, a worrisome sign of what could be ahead this winter in the U.S. While trends are improving in Florida, Texas and other Southern states that bore the worst of the summer surge, it’s clear that

Prescott National Forest

Yavapai Campground Closing for the Winter

Officials on the Prescott National Forest will be closing Yavapai Campground on November 15, 2021, which is in the Granite Basin Recreation Area on the Bradshaw Ranger District.  Due to lack of forest staff and campground hosts, Yavapai Campground will be closed for the winter and reopen on April 1, 2022. Forest visitors are reminded

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Best Landscape Trees by All Four Seasons

Trees are where your landscape value is. Plant them right, and your home value grows; get trees wrong, and they take over, lift patios and driveways, hide beautiful architecture, and more. Think of trees and the four seasons. Begin with trees that announce spring by blooming, then have trees that offer summer shade, autumn reds,

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

What happens when Plants are Dormant

Those new to the four seasons of Northern Arizona: Autumn is a time of intense transition in the yard. Leaves fall off deciduous trees, and flowering perennials bloom one last time before fading underground until spring. This is when evergreens are most noticeable in the landscape. Desert gardeners new to four-seasons are bewildered by their

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