How Wide Should the Hole Be When Planting a Tree?
Did you know that many newly planted trees don’t survive because they are planted incorrectly? It may not seem too important, but it’s surprising how picky young trees can be about how and where they are planted. One of the most common…Read More
How & When to Stake a Tree in Your Desert Landscape
Many times, when you come across a tree that has recently been planted here in the Phoenix or Anthem areas, you’ll also see a stake next to that tree, tied to the tree in various ways. We have previously written about how tree…Read More
Why You Should NOT Top Your Trees
We’ve all seen trees that look like the top has been chopped off. Major branches have been cut off at random lengths, branch stubs are clearly visible, and most of the leaves are gone. If you’ve ever wondered why trees are “pruned”…Read More
How to Create a Pet-Friendly Landscape for your Phoenix-Area Yard
Avoid large veterinary bills with these tips for creating a pet-friendly yard. We cover toxic and dangerous plants and trees, wildlife to watch out for, yard and garden products to avoid, and weather conditions that can kill your pets.Read More
Trees, Shrubs, and Flowers to Add Winter Interest to Your Phoenix Yard
In other climates, the term “winter interest” often applies to trees with peeling bark, red berries that pop against white snow, or flowers that dry out and create compelling shapes in the landscape. In the Phoenix and Anthem areas, however, it can…Read More
How to Prevent Winter Damage to Phoenix Area Trees & Plants
Winter frost, snow, and freezing temperatures can cause sunscald, desiccation, and other damage to your landscape plants. Learn how to prevent these problems and, if they do occur, how to help your trees, shrubs, and plants recover.Read More
Wood Mulch vs Rocks: Which is Best for Phoenix-Area Yards?
Should you cover bare ground in your yard with gravel or rocks, or is it better to spread a layer of wood chips or mulch? Get the pros and cons of each, plus our recommendation for the best soil cover.Read More
Caliche FAQs: Can You Grow Trees in Caliche?
A guide to caliche soil, how it harms plants, and how to manage it so you can successfully grow trees and other plants in your Phoenix area yard. Caliche, an accumulation of calcium carbonate found in the ground throughout Southern Arizona, can…Read More
What’s Eating my Tecoma Plants?
If there has been an active monsoon season (like there has been at the time of this article being written), you might have noticed that your tecoma plants may not look as healthy as they normally do. This is thanks to a…Read More
Is My Ocotillo Dead?
We’ve recently had quite a bit of rain in the Phoenix and Anthem areas. Many drought-deciduous trees and plants are thriving after surviving the ongoing drought conditions. But, even with the added moisture, some plants and trees that you thought were surviving…Read More