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Some homeowners in Tucson three for trees. They're looking for some advice on on planting. In fact, they actually came out and joins us live at the SABA home show last Saturday when we were broadcasting live there. So we've got calls already in Q, and you actually will have a guest from Tucson joining us here in a little bit. Yup. Scrape? We got a good lineup today. We've got lots to talk about for this time of year. Things are slowing down a little bit in terms of our pruning requirements for trees. But this time of year is great for planting trees for transplanting trees for doing some fertilization, we'll talk a little bit about those as we go along, and this range been awesome. Is rain the trees and plants. You're going to be really fired up right now. There's a I was walking my orchard last night. And there was the Anna apples were pushing out new growth. Six or going into torment season for apples, and they're pushing out new growth from all this rain, and it's the war they need it. And you know, that reserve of of water availability does translate into new leaf new vegetative growth, which the plants need to photo synthesized decree, the energy reserves, they need to survive and water is a big component of that. And if the trees are a little short on the seasonal rain. They just kind of hunker down and hold on man, if they get a late summer or early fall, rain like this. They're going to push a little bit of growth even though it's late in the season. I was just looking up on the hillside above our our office yesterday and typical of a lot of the Phoenix mountains, which are dotted with our foothill Pahlavi's, and they look so luscious green. And I mean, they're just loving it. They just soak it up with these nice lingering rains like that storm. We had that. Tail end of the hurricane Rosa. It's beautiful. It's a good thing for all of our plants. It's so nice to because some of us. You know, we have our drip irrigation systems, and they do a fair fair job of of watering. You have to be pretty good at at learning. How to use a drip irrigation system? Well to be able to get the depth of saturation that we need quite often. They're not tuned up in quite as functional as they should be. So we rely upon these sometimes supplemental watering I'll often put a hose out on one of my some of our larger trees or soaker hose, which I used quite a bit this summer on a couple of my pine trees that were distressed with that. The blight that they had, but it sure nice to get a nice deep soaking. Because there's nothing you can't really improve on just natural rainfall to kind of saturate the the root zone of these larger trees, it really can't be very effectively irrigated with just a a jerky meter system. Even even when it's functioning, well it said different green. They turn almost. Well, you know, it recharges a water table recharge, our our reservoir systems. And I mean, it's so nice to have a region-wide rain like this. Because it's it's doing a lot of good for the state bird populations are gonna be flourishing wildlife gonna everybody benefits from a good rain. I was driving out to Palo Verde yesterday. And I looked down at my maps. And I was on the satellite vision. I'm like, man. This is. Brown. You know, the satellite imaging Arizona, and I, but I look up and the creosote are so green the blanket night or on the desert is green from all the weeds that are popping up. It's like you look at the satellite image is Brown, and you look up, and it's it's not even the same place. We'll let you know for the last six years. A a group of us go hiking and hunting up at Apache lake every December, and we noticed last year all the hobos these the the main browse a shrub for deer were all dry. I mean, there is about about fifty percent of the shrubs were all dried, they weren't dead. But they had dry leaves on them. They were all wilted and just really struggling and this year, we know that's going to change. But in years past we noticed that they were nice and green and full. But that last year this droughts really taken a toll. But this is. Gonna be a big help. I bet this year when we head back up there again, it's going to be nice and green. I bet you're gonna find as a whole new. You're not even gonna feel like you're in the same place. It doesn't feel right. This doesn't feel you're in the one other effect is gonna be the wildflowers in spring. When we have a good nice wet winter it really produce a great crop of wildflowers in spring. So that should be a a banner year if this continues like this every month when you come in. We talk about a specific tree the tree of the month, which wanna relighting today. Well, this is one of my favorite trees of all time. And it is it is the pistachios pistachio or I'm sorry. It's the pomegranate this this this time. I there are two of my favorite P trees, pistachio and pomegranate, pomegranates are a wonderful plant in every respect. It's really considered a large shrub or small tree, you can grow it. Either way. You can kinda grow them up to be pretty pretty tall mind is about fifteen feet tall my yard. They can grow up to be twenty or twenty five feet at maturity, pretty slow growing. But. They're multi stemmed they grow up from the ground. You know with multiple stems are great screening plant. We use one kind of separates our pool area from the little back garden area beyond it on. And it's nice and full. And of course, because it's producing fruit. You want it to be nice the branches to be nice and low right to the ground. So it's easy for easy access for pruning or for for picking the fruit and what kind of fruit. Do you get off? Well, we're going to talk a little bit later this morning with someone who can answer that question even better than I can. But I will take shot at that. What kind of fruit can you get off pomegranates? There are a over a dozen varieties of pomegranates. And they they're all for producing a various sizes, and qualities and and tastes. And there's a few that are commonly available in our nurseries producer, wonderful of pomegranate, much this the same size and color that you can get in the stores and they're beautiful Ed will edible fruit. Trees are giving you something back on your investment. And this is one of those trees it. I would I think every yard needs a little pomegranate tree they're easy to easy to to grow much easier than citrus even just throw them in the ground. They'll grow up their deciduous trees to so they give you a little bit of fall color this time of year. They'll start to lose their leaves just about now. And. Keep losing leaves all the way through November and be pretty much a bear by December. And but they're just a great grapefruit tree. And this is a time of year that we harvest the fruit they they have to be easy to grow because they even grow at my backyard. Here you go I need to see the YouTube thing again because I still have figured out your easy way of eating them. Are they are more trouble to eat than crawfish? I know I know as a kid I remember opening those things up and picking out the one at a time. I mean, it was kind of a slow way to keep a young kid. Busy for for half an hour. My mom would probably give me one of those. Have you go sit in the corner and pick through those. But there is an easier way to open those up and get all the seeds out within about two or three minutes. And I have a YouTube video, look, it up pomegranate, John Eisenhower on YouTube and you'll probably find that there. And it's kind of a fun method of popping them open and opened getting all the seeds out and. Yeah. They're a great addition to any yard in there. This would be great time to plant them to anytime. This all deciduous trees can be planted in the winter, you know, turning the corner now into the cooler, weather, you can pick them up at a local nursery, maybe even some bare roots plants available. As we head into December January would they register on the lethal meter? I wonder. Meter? I I don't think so. Oh, meter covers oak creek flagstaff the flex far burrito. You're not gonna get pomegranates grown that high elevation. Are you, you know, that's that's another good question because the pomegranate festival which was held last Saturday last Sunday, and unfortunately, we had planned to go. But because of the big storm, we had I wasn't sure. The the roads are going to be good. There was so much a flash flood. Warning. We ended up not going, but it was held in skull valley this year, lots of good pomegranates up there, and Barbara will give us a little bit of a run down on that. When we have our on in our next segment. Sounds good skull valley back by between offer iron springs out springs off. Yeah, I read out a press kit. Call was held an auto last year and moves around to every year. Apparently, I'm going to definitely be a part of it as soon as we can maybe next year put that on our on. Our Vince lists the pomegranate festival. All right. I I've met to bring you a couple, and I know you have a couple of yourself, but I wanted to shout. Ours is I'm going to say it's finally about the five foot height range and it had. Thirty beautiful trauma Granitz on it that all look about perfect. Because that's the one thing that how do you know, when it's right, we'll colors Unitel you that. And you might have to taste one usually the birds loss tell you because they're going to start pecking them when they start getting a little bit larger. They can get the the the outer skin can get a little bit brittle as are facing toward the sun. And sometimes the birds will get in their starting to Peckham open because they're testing them to that's all they're doing. They're testing them. And if they start opening those up and taking quite a bit of siege. You'll know they're they're ready to go a little secret that we found is to keep the birds out of them. You can't put a small paper bag around him. Just a little a little lunch bag those little small ones, you can just kind of put it over each individual fruit. And just put a food tire rubber band around the top at at the branch that they're attached to and and you can just keep the birds out then you can keep you keep a few of. Exposed to the birds will go go after those. And then you'll be. When when you're ready to harvest them, you can just take the bag off. And you're ready to go. Our we've got Nancy on the line and wants to talk about a mesquite tree..