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Evergreen Privacy After the Leaves Fall

27 October 2016  
How to plant a tree. Best evergreens for privacy and wind protection. Free tree planting this week!

Watters Weekly Garden Classes

Oct 29 – Fall 'To-do' list for a Healthy Yard Get the most out of your landscape this fall with this easy to use checklist of fall care. Bring the color out of the fall gardens, reduce bugs next spring, or simply put you landscape to bed for fall with these easy to use ideas. You will have a better landscape next spring if you do.


Nov 5 – Gardening for Newcomers Learn all the mountain secrets to local garden success. This is an information pack class guaranteed to increase garden blooms and fruit this year. The first 10 students to bring $10 and a soil sample receive a soil test done on sight with advice on how to improve the garden. You will know exactly what to do in the gardens this year.

Nov 12 – Decorating with Winter Evergreens. The autumn colors have dropped leaving the landscape naked and bare. As the last leaf drops Watters winter evergreen collection fills the garden center. Late fall is the ideal season for spotting evergreens trees in the naked spots of the yard. Best varieties, planting techniques, and evergreen care are all included in the class. Watters 'Living Evergreens Indoors as Holiday Decor' is free for each student who attends.

Nov 19 – Wildflowers to Bloom in 6 Easy steps Listen in for free, but the first 10 students to sign up receive a package of Ken's specially blended mountain mix with all the goodies to make them bloom like crazy this spring. Wildflowers can be harder to grow than you think, but not after this info heavy class.

Nov 26 – Decorating with Holiday Tropicals, Poinsettia & Christmas Cactus. The most garden fun is had with indoor tropicals & our holiday plant collection. The first of these festive plants arrive this week just for the event. Cooking the turkey dinner fine, but these plant ideas bring out the kid in even the most avid gardener. Coupons abound for each of the students as we premier this years newest poinsettias, amaryllis and blooming cactus.


Dec 3 Cut Christmas Trees and Greens & How to Force them to Stay Fresh. This is the week the freshest cut trees arrive of the season. We have a new featured tree that last longer than all the others this year. Students learn which trees stay fresh, care and some insider secrets that insure your tree stays fresh until the very end. We have locally designed wreaths, swags and garlands just for the students of this class. Free to all locals with a special coupon just for attending.

As trees drop the last of their colorful leaves our gardens tend to feel naked. It even seems like prying eyes can look right into your home! Not only does your privacy seemingly disappear, but that neighbor's debris pile can be front and center of your view for the entire winter.

The solution to both of these unwanted invasions of privacy is not rocket science. Fortunately, November is an ideal time to plant a wall of living trees! It will grow to block a messy view and to create the privacy you desire.

When you’re ready to choose the trees for your living wall of green, read through the list that follows. It is comprised of screeners that do well locally. The list contains the names of evergreens that over the years have performed well.

Free Tree Planting Coupon for Garden Club Members

You buy the Trees, soil, stakes, and the foods to make them grow through winter, and Watters will put them in the ground for free.

Austrian Mountain Pine - This dense pine is easy to care for and is as cold hardy as native pines. Its rich green needles are sturdy and more numerous than those of other pines, with less needle drop in summer. Thick right to the ground and 25’ tall, it makes the perfect windbreak while preventing prying eyes from looking in on your private hot tub sessions.

Deodar Cedar - This is the largest of the screening plants, growing to over 50 feet tall and 18 feet wide with long swooping branches of Arizona blue foliage. Growing some 2-3 feet per year, it is one of the fastest growing of the screeners. As with most upright evergreens, this cedar can thrive on low water use, drought conditions, and drip irrigation. Make sure to give it plenty of growing space because this tree is going to need it!

Norway Spruce – Very cold-hardy, this spruce is the perfect symmetrically shaped Christmas tree. Excellent choice for a front yard holiday tree or as a semi-formal accent in large yards. Makes a pretty evergreen background for contrasting foliage colors, flowering shrubs, and/or to highlight the autumn leaf show of other trees and shrubs. Line them up into a windbreak or to hide the lights and sounds along busy streets.

Arizona Cypress - My favorite native evergreen screener is the Arizona cypress. It is like a large alligator juniper in size and color, but grows faster and fills in more completely than other screen plants. Growing to over 20 feet tall and 12 feet wide in just a few years, you can see why this is the number one choice for a planted screen. If you prefer a cypress in rich green instead of an Arizona blue, go for the Leyland cypress. Both trees grow to the same size and have the same water and soil needs.

Juniper - Finally, let’s look at the juniper family. Hillspire, blue point, and Wichita are on the extensive list of junipers available at the garden center now. Thriving juniper forests surround us, so you know that junipers are naturals to plant locally. Whichever color and height you like, all grow well here.

(There are more choices for living walls, such as the larger evergreen shrubs and deciduous trees like aspens, but we’ll save those landscape tips for another time.)

When adding evergreens to a landscape, there are several essential steps worth your time and energy. The most important requirement for evergreen trees to thrive is drainage. Guarantee that drainage by blending one shovelful of Watters Premium Mulch into every three shovels-full of native earth to pack around the plant’s roots. Feed new trees with my specially formulated “All Purpose Plant Food”, 7-4-4; the cottonseed meal in this natural food promotes better root formation while maintaining good foliage color. Lastly, water your newly planted trees with a solution of 'Root & Grow'. This water additive tickles the roots of the plant and helps to form the deep root system essential for a plant to thrive.

Book just published!

The Secret Garden: Plants as a Natural Screen is a book in which I go into deep detail about all things having to do with local gardening. Free copies are available for download at, under 'tips'.

Until next issue, I'll see you in the Garden Center.

Ken Lain, the Mountain Gardener

Ken Lain is attracted to sunshine, beauty, happiness, success and health through gardening, and wishes to point the way to others. Throughout the week Ken can be found at Watters Garden Center located at 1815 W. Iron Springs Rd, Prescott, or contacted through his web site at


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