December Gardening And Landscape Checklist Arizona

December Gardening And Landscape Checklist Arizona

Enjoy these gardening and landscaping tips from our friends at the University of Arizona for the month of November in Arizona!

https://cals.arizona.edu/maricopa/garden/html/t-tips/nov.htm

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Winter Landscaping Tips 2021

Winter Landscaping Tips

Winters in Arizona bring their own challenges to landscapers. Read on to learn more about handling tree pruning in the cooler months.

Removal of diseased wood helps prevent spread of diseases to adjacent limbs or trees. Branch diseases, such as sooty canker, are inactive in cooler weather.

Afghan and Aleppo pines can be pruned during the winter when transpiration rates are less. Minimal pruning is always best on pine trees.

Reduce size and improve structure of stone fruits like peach and plum trees to promote crop production in the upcoming season.

Mesquite trees prone to sapping can be pruned during the winter months to reduce oozing from new wounds. Honey mesquite and velvet mesquite can be pruned anytime. Leave it until the end of January to prune Chilean mesquite in higher elevations or colder areas.

If required, raise canopies in the cooler months to allow time for the tree to adapt to new sun exposure on previously shaded limbs or trunk.

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August 2021 Landscaping Tips

Landscaping Tips for August In Arizona

Although we have had some big monsoon storms this summer in Arizona, here are some great landscaping tips to make your garden flourish even more.

  • August fertilization will benefit many plants struggling to have a flush of growth before slowing down for the winter.
  • Cut off spent blooms to stimulate re-blooming.
  • Imported and native heat tolerant plants can be planted. They will need to be watered on a regular basis until fall.
  • Transplant palms in the heat of the summer.
  • Protect newly transplanted trees from dust storms and heavy winds by staking.
  • Apply nitrogen fertilizer to your fall ripening fruit trees to boost fruit size.
  • Apply zinc and nitrogen to pecan trees to produce normal size leaf growth and to enhance kernel development.
  • Increase water to your landscape plants as the weather warms.
  • Apply mulch to the ground around the base of heat sensitive plants keep the roots cooler and prevent evaporation. Keep the mulch several inches away from the trunk.
  • Apply chelated iron to plants with iron deficiency symptoms.
  • Plant Bermuda lawns during the active growing season.
  • Once every two or three years de-thatch Bermuda lawns if necessary. This enables the turf to quickly recover.
  • Apply one inch of water per week to Bermuda lawns at a minimum.
  • Raise the mowing height to 2.5 to 3 inches during the warmer months to keep the moisture in the soil.
  • Plant Seeds: Snap Beans, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Collard Greens, Corn, Cucumbers, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce (Head & Leaf) Leeks, Mustard, Green Onions and Summer Squash
  • Keep your garden covered to prevent excessive heat and sun.
  • Cut back on fertilizing established roses to encourage plants to slow down for the hot summer. Water deeply as temperatures climb. Hose off plants in the early morning to increase humidity and control spider mites.

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July 2021 Landscaping Tips

Landscaping Tips for August In Arizona

August is turning out to be very hot indeed in Arizona with absolutely zero respite from the so-called monsoon season which so far has not transpired! Read on to learn some tips to keep your landscaping and garden in tip top shape.

  • Cut off spent blooms to stimulate re-blooming.
  • Imported and native heat tolerant plants can be planted. They will need to be watered on a regular basis until fall.
  • Transplant palms in the heat of the summer.
  • Protect newly transplanted trees from dust storms and heavy winds by staking.
  • Apply nitrogen fertilizer to your fall ripening fruit trees to boost fruit size.
  • Apply zinc and nitrogen to pecan trees to produce normal size leaf growth and to enhance kernel development.
  • Increase water to your landscape plants as the weather warms.
  • Apply mulch to the ground around the base of heat sensitive plants keep the roots cooler and prevent evaporation. Keep the mulch several inches away from the trunk.
  • Apply chelated iron to plants with iron deficiency symptoms.
  • Plant Bermuda lawns during the active growing season.
  • Once every two or three years de-thatch Bermuda lawns if necessary. This enables the turf to quickly recover.
  • Apply one inch of water per week to Bermuda lawns at a minimum.
  • Raise the mowing height to 2.5 to 3 inches during the warmer months to keep the moisture in the soil.
  • Plant Seeds: Snap Beans, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Collard Greens, Corn, Cucumbers, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce (Head & Leaf) Leeks, Mustard, Green Onions and Summer Squash
  • Keep your garden covered to prevent excessive heat and sun.
  • Cut back on fertilizing established roses to encourage plants to slow down for the hot summer. Water deeply as temperatures climb. Hose off plants in the early morning to increase humidity and control spider mites.

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Vegetable Planting Calendar for Maricopa County, AZ

Why Trees Need Pruning

In this article we are going to link to a Vegetable Planting Calendar for Maricopa County, AZ. it is from an academic paper authored by Lucky Bradley and Kai Umeda. Please click on this link to read.

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Why Trees Need Pruning

Why Trees Need Pruning

A big part of pruning is removing the damaged, diseased, or dead branches of the tree. Removing these areas helps prevent further decay or insects from entering into the healthy areas of the tree. Dense canopies of leaves might provide shade that we love, but too much shade can limit sunlight and air which promotes some diseases in trees. Pruning removes water sprouts and suckers that help direct better distribution of water and nutrients throughout the tree. Pruning also removes crotches that are weak where branches intersect with the trunk of the tree. If they are allowed to fester the tree can tear at these spots. Trees usually have 1 branch that goes straight up and is the highest point of the tree. This branch is called the “dominant branch”. Sometimes two branches might grow both trying to be the tallest branch in the tree and this can be dangerous. High winds can cause these branches to fight against each other and damage the tree.

Pruning Equals Safety

Trees with improper structure clearly can tear themselves apart under high winds, and that poses danger for us. Falling sections of tree or heavy limbs and branches can cause serious damage to our property or harm people. If these trees are near the house, power lines, or even the driveway very costly damages are possible if trees are not cared for properly. Sections of tree have been known to fall on roof tops and not just damage the roofing but simply pierce the roof decking as well. This means the elements are going to come on into your home. Well pruned and maintained trees that provide shade to the house during summer are a great benefit in keeping the house cool. However, during the windy months, they can become a danger without proper maintenance and pruning.

Tree Shapes

Trees that grow in the woods are beautiful and take on many different shapes. They are not managed or shaped in any way whatsoever. Trees that exist in our landscapes are part of an overall look in our gardens and with their size they are a prominent feature. This means that trees that grow in unusual ways will create nonsymmetrical shapes. Regular pruning helps maintain the trees shape and helps it mature into a more beautiful, healthy, and balanced tree.

A big part of maintaining the shape of a tree is removing key areas to stimulate or restrict growth. If areas are growing sparse but others are dis-proportionally flourishing pruning can help balance the growth. Overactive areas can be trimmed back and the other areas will benefit from the removal. This will create a more balanced look for your tree. Catching these issues early will help every tree on your property look better when it is mature.

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Mulch vs Wood Chips

Mulch vs Wood Chips

Mulch vs Wood Chips

Mulch and wood chips offer overlay applications in the universe of gardening and landscaping. Gardeners utilize the organic and in-organic materials for the growing of plant species for the nutrition and safeguarding of garden specimens, among others. Although the definitions and applications of the two overlap each other, mulch and wood chips establish different things in the universe of gardening and landscaping. Far from gardening terminology, the definitions of wood chips and mulch greatly differ.

Mulch

Technically, mulch embodies any material situated on the surface of soil surrounding plants. Commonly organic, mulch decreases water evaporation, balances soil moisture, keeps weed populations down, manages soil temperature in intense conditions, manages and prevents erosion and prevents the compaction of soil. Materials used as mulch vary significantly and includes both organic and in-organic materials. Organic mulches boost microorganism activity in soil, which benefits soil quality and reduces compaction.

Types of Mulch

A plethora types of mulch are available. Organic types of mulch comprise of grass clippings, hay or straw, bark and needles from pine trees, various leaves, moldy leaves, shredded hardwood materials, compost, shells from pecans, coffee grounds and wood chips. Any organic waste from yards can serve this purpose. If you think about it, ground covering plants like ivy and periwinkle also makes up types of organic mulch. In-organic mulches comprise of gravel and/or crushed stone, pebbles, plastic sheets, rubber, man-made pine needles and landscape and/or woven ground cloth. As a variety of organic mulch, wood chips represent one of the many alternatives available for gardeners or landscapers seeking mulch types. The nature of the wood chip mulch makes it ideal for creating paths through the garden or yard in addition to offering a mulching material.

Woodchips as Mulch

Different types of mulch offer various benefits and drawbacks in the landscape or garden. Wood chip mulch, which comprises of small pieces of ground up bark or wood, proves especially beneficial with trees, smaller fruiting species, shrubs, and perennials. It heightens survival percentages in smaller trees and helps hinder damage to such plants in areas that have heavy rainfall seasons. The recommendation is applying two to four inches of wood chip mulch in a diameter of three to six feet around the base of a tree or plant. The larger the tree or plant, the wider and deeper the area of wood chip mulch will be needed. The right amount needed is also subject to the size of the chips in the mulch.

Further Details

While they include one of the many kinds of organic mulch, the simplest explanation of wood chips specifies them as the by-product of wood chipping, or the breaking down of bark and wood. Wood chips offer different uses, including organic mulch and bio-fuel materials for burning.

Wood chip mulch can be hazardous to garden or landscape plants if not used correctly. If left outdoors in large piles for long periods of time, wood chips decline from the lack of circulating oxygen, resulting in the creation of acids and other harsh composites. When placed in gardens or in landscaping, specifically in warmer weather, these chips could discharge harmful vapors that can damage and even decimate plants. When your mulch is “sour,” spread it out prior to adding it to your garden or landscape.

Source:

  1. Difference Between Mulch & Wood Chips. (n.d.). Retrieved September 18, 2020, from https://www.hunker.com/13404724/difference-between-mulch-wood-chips

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November Gardening And Landscape Checklist Arizona

November Gardening And Landscape Checklist Arizona

Enjoy these gardening and landscaping tips from our friends at the University of Arizona for the month of November in Arizona!

https://cals.arizona.edu/maricopa/garden/html/t-tips/nov.htm

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Palm Tree Maintenance

Palm Tree Maintenance

With more than two-thousand various species of palm trees it is vital to understand how to take care of them. Keep reading to learn more.

Roots

It is important to take care of palm tree roots of as they don’t grow that deep in the ground. The majority of palms just have one trunk. The point at the top of the trunk in addition to the tissues surrounding it are called the terminal bud. If they get damaged, the palm tree could perish. Because the roots don’t thicken, they’re probably not going to damage utilities or sidewalks.

Soil

The compacted soil found in a lot of urban areas won’t have the nutrients required for a palm tree to live health. Palm trees acquire a majority of their nutrients from the topsoil and the top of the ground – Meaning adequate fertilization is needed.

Watering Requirements

New palms will need to be watered twice per week for their first six months. Enough water needs to be added to permeate at least eighteen inches of soil. If the soil is a sandy kind, extra water will need to be added to guarantee moisture is maintained. For older palm trees, watering requirements depends on the climate.

Pruning

Just yellowing/ browning/ older fronds are required to be removed. Don’t trim too close to the trunk of the palm tree. The bark is damaged easily, and the ensuing wounds are entry points for pests and diseases. As new fronds emerge, the oldest ones die. An age that a frond can get to will be established by a lot of factors.

Potential Palm Tree Pests

Thrips

North American thrips make up a significantly large family of insects. Some of their species have a liking for palm trees, feeding on their flowers and leaves by penetrating the surface to draw sap out. Thrips aren’t lethal to palm trees but the feeding of adults may discolor and wilt the leaves. Additionally, in intense infestations the unattractive black droppings may become noticeable on the surface of leaves.

Palmetto Weevil

This pest is found across Florida, as west as southern Texas and as north as South Carolina. This weevil is North America’s largest. This nuisance has a liking primarily for the Cabbage Palm Tree even though it may infest Saw Palmettos and, sometimes, Canary Island Date Palms, Washington Palms, Royal Palms, and occasionally coconut palms.

Royal Palm Bug

These pest feed on just one plant, the royal palm tree, and females lay one egg a day throughout springtime. They seldom kill off the host tree but the damage they cause may be unattractive and they are challenging to control given the height of older royal palms. Royal Palm Bugs are the only North American species of the Thaumastocoridae family.

Palm Budworm

This annoyance is a type of beetle whose larvae feed on the flowers of a large range of fan palm trees. The beetles are about an inch long and are pink green in its color.

Giant Palm Borer

The giant palm borer is a large and quite unsightly beetle of which larvae have a liking for the wood of the Washingtonia and Phoenix species. The borer grubs live inside of a palm’s trunk sometimes up to 9 years prior to leaving the palm as beetles through inch-sized holes.

Palm Tree Diseases

 

Lethal Yellowing

This is a palm disease first observed in the Caribbean area of North America around 100 years ago. Nevertheless, it wasn’t until the 50’s and a disastrous outbreak in Jamaica and the Florida Keys that the financial impact of lethal yellowing was recognized, and comprehensive research begun.

Fusarium Wilt

Indicators of this disease are when the palm fronds start wilting, losing their green brilliance and, ultimately, dying. When a palm tree gets infected, there’s no remedy and the palm tree might need to be taken out.

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Landscaping Tips for August In Arizona

Landscaping Tips for August In Arizona

August is turning out to be very hot indeed in Arizona with absolutely zero respite from the so-called monsoon season which so far has not transpired! Read on to learn some tips to keep your landscaping and garden in tip top shape.

  • August fertilization will benefit many plants struggling to have a flush of growth before slowing down for the winter.
  • Cut off spent blooms to stimulate re-blooming.
  • Imported and native heat tolerant plants can be planted. They will need to be watered on a regular basis until fall.
  • Transplant palms in the heat of the summer.
  • Protect newly transplanted trees from dust storms and heavy winds by staking.
  • Apply nitrogen fertilizer to your fall ripening fruit trees to boost fruit size.
  • Apply zinc and nitrogen to pecan trees to produce normal size leaf growth and to enhance kernel development.
  • Increase water to your landscape plants as the weather warms.
  • Apply mulch to the ground around the base of heat sensitive plants keep the roots cooler and prevent evaporation. Keep the mulch several inches away from the trunk.
  • Apply chelated iron to plants with iron deficiency symptoms.
  • Plant Bermuda lawns during the active growing season.
  • Once every two or three years de-thatch Bermuda lawns if necessary. This enables the turf to quickly recover.
  • Apply one inch of water per week to Bermuda lawns at a minimum.
  • Raise the mowing height to 2.5 to 3 inches during the warmer months to keep the moisture in the soil.
  • Plant Seeds: Snap Beans, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Collard Greens, Corn, Cucumbers, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce (Head & Leaf) Leeks, Mustard, Green Onions and Summer Squash
  • Keep your garden covered to prevent excessive heat and sun.
  • Cut back on fertilizing established roses to encourage plants to slow down for the hot summer. Water deeply as temperatures climb. Hose off plants in the early morning to increase humidity and control spider mites.

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Start creating your very own landscaping project in Scottsdale or Phoenix, Arizona by giving Arte Verde a call today at (602) 618-0688 to schedule a free consultation!