Now that we can actually live in our house, we're turning our attention outdoors. We're in the southwestern part of Colorado where the pinon trees were hard hit with drought and beetle kill. I have a couple questions...
1. What can we do to help the remaining pinons make it? Some already have large sections that are dead. Any hope of helping them along or are they already too far gone?
2. We're purchasing some pinon seedlings from the Conservation District to start repopulating the property. Will we just be donating them to the beetles or with sufficient supplemental watering, will they be able to fight off any pests?
3. As pinons are such slow growers, would it be better to put the little seedlings in pots, nurture them for a couple of years, then set them out, or plant them where their ultimate destination will be, supplemental water and protect from deer?
Any other advice and words of wisdom greatly appreciated.