Ultimate Guide for Mulches

09/08/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Mulch is any material that is spread or laid over the surface of the soil as a covering. It is used to retain moisture in the soil, suppress weeds, keep the soil cool, and…

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Are Your Trees Healthy or Dying??

07/07/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain Gardener You’ve done your homework by assessing your yard and using appropriate information to choose just the right trees for your landscape. You’ve had Watters Garden Center plant them in the proper way, and have…

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The Difference Between Frost and Freeze Warnings

03/31/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Spring is here and the planting season is in full gear but there still is a chance of frost.  Already customers have been to the garden center begging for tomato plants, the ultimate temperate,…

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Plant Foods Simplified Locally

02/27/2018 Ken Davis

by Lisa Watters-Lain,  Arizona’s garden gal When walking down the fertilizer aisle at Watters Garden Center or any home improvement store you can’t help notice the dizzying the array of plant food. You’ll see bags and bottles, powders and granules,…

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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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Tips for New Mountain Gardeners

09/23/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener High altitude gardening is different from gardening at lower elevations.  Combine our altitude with Arizona’s dry climate, bright air, and ever-present mountain winds, and you pretty much can forget what you learned from gardening…

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Number of Plants Needed to Feed a Family of Six 6

03/13/2017 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

As we start the vegetable planting season this April, the top question asked here at Watters Garden Center is how many plants are needed to feed a family. It does vary by family and garden, but here are some basic…

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Best Persimmon Trees for Mountain Landscapes

02/16/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Persimmons are divided into two groups: astringent, or sour fruit until they ripe, and non-astringent fruit which is far sweeter. Plant persimmons in a sunny location.  They will tolerate some shade, but for nice…

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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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Health Benefits of Apples and so Easy to Grow

09/10/2015 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Fall is a time to celebrate the apple harvest.  Just thinking of apple pie, apple tarts, candied apple and hot apple cider makes my mouth water. With so many apple recipes to enjoy, why…

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