Choosing the Right Pruning Tool for the Job
“The right tool for the job” is more than just an old saying. It’s especially accurate when you’re going to prune your trees. The wrong tool, along with its wrong application, can seriously injure a tree—and possibly you, too. While we recommend…Read More
How Deep Should You Plant A Tree?
Many people, including plenty of landscapers, plant trees too deep and this almost always results in damage to the tree (in fact, it’s often a fatal mistake). This is easy to remedy if you know what to look for and how to…Read More
Best Shade Trees For Your Anthem or Greater Phoenix Yard
We’ve gone over the myriad of benefits that trees provide in earlier blog posts: they remove pollutants, decrease stress, improve health, prevent storm runoff, provide food and shelter for wildlife…the list is endless. Yet I’m sure most of us in the greater Phoenix and…Read More
Minimize Light Pollution With the Right Landscape Lighting For Your Outdoor Space
If you’ve never used landscape lighting, you may be surprised at what a difference it can make. When daytime temperatures in the northern Phoenix area drive us indoors during the summer, the cooler nighttime hours become the best time to enjoy your…Read More
Know the Signs of Salt Buildup in Desert Soil & How to Fix It
Salty soil? In the desert? Really? Yes, really. We have pretty hard water in Anthem and the greater Phoenix area, meaning that there are a lot of minerals dissolved in it. When the water dries (including in your soil), minerals such as…Read More
Mycorrhizae: Why You Want This Fungus to Infect Your Trees
Your trees are probably infected with a fungus. How’s that for an attention-getter? But here’s the shocking part – it’s a good thing. In fact, you want to encourage this particular type of fungus to infect your trees, plants, and shrubs whenever…Read More
Do Palo Verde Trees Make You Sneeze?
I was sitting outside a coffee shop the other day, watching appreciatively as a palo verde tree’s bloom-laden branches swayed gracefully in the breeze. The contrast of the bright yellow against the shockingly deep blue sky was mesmerizing. As I was admiring…Read More
Phoenix’s Ambitious 2030 Tree Canopy Goal: Facts, Benefits & Actions
In 2010, Arizona State University and the City of Phoenix adopted a plan to create an urban forest in the city. The goal of the Tree and Shade Master Plan is to have a 25% tree canopy in Phoenix by 2030. As the city…Read More
Is It Time to Renovate Your Landscape Irrigation System?
Spring is the perfect time to assess and repair the irrigation system for your trees and garden beds, so you can correct problems before summer heat stresses your plants. It’s also a good time to consider whether your irrigation system needs renovation.…Read More
Liquid Fertilizer: Why, When & How to Improve Your Low Desert Landscape
As temperatures warm up in the low desert, trees and shrubs begin to grow more quickly or start adding leaves, flowers and fruit. Many trees and shrubs need extra energy for this spring growth. And that’s where liquid fertilizers can help. Use Fertilizers…Read More