How to Plant a Living Christmas Tree

12/07/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener An evergreen that has had a starring role in the mountains of Arizona is gaining nationwide popularity. The ‘Single Blue Pinyon Pine’ is a local variety that gives a bold appearance to a rustic…

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Buy the Freshest Tree on the Lot and Keep it Fresh

11/30/2018 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Preparing for the holiday shopping season at Watters has been crazy this week.  It’s the annual mad rush to harvest, ship, unload, and set up hundreds of various holiday plants, trees, and poinsettias.  Fully…

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Powdery Mildew – Identify and Cure

09/01/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener                           Mildew on Plant Powdery mildew is one of the most prevalent and easily recognized plant diseases of…

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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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Memorial Day ~ Celebrates Those We Love

05/22/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener From Mother’s Day on the 13th to Memorial Day gatherings on the 28th, May is a month of celebrations honoring those we remember with love.  At the Lain house we like to remind ourselves…

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Best Time to Plant Mountain Trees

03/23/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener When is the best time to plant trees in the mountains? This question, pertaining to areas that experience cold winters, has both a long and a short answer. When to Plant Trees: The Short…

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How to Plant a Living Christmas Tree

12/13/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener An evergreen that has had a starring role in the mountains of Arizona is gaining nationwide popularity. The ‘Single Blue Pinyon Pine’ is a local variety that gives a bold appearance to a rustic…

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The Secret Garden: Living Christmas Trees Planted as a Natural Screen

11/25/2017 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener As the autumn colors drop the last of their leaves the gardens can feel naked.  Without strategically placed evergreens in the yard, it easily feels like prying eyes look right through your home.  Not…

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Fertilizer Lessons to Choose the Right Plant Food

11/04/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener When walking down the fertilizer aisle at Watters Garden Center or any home improvement store you can’t help noticing the array of formulations. You’ll see bags and bottles, powders and granules, sprays and concentrates.…

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The Red Maple NOT for Local Landscapes

10/14/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener If your irrigation system’s water volume in October is the same as its volume for June, you need to change the timer settings. The length of time a tree needs to be watered in…

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