Monsoons and the Damage They Cause to Landscapes

 

I was driving back from Phoenix yesterday and got caught up in the “Haboob” right around Piccacho Peak.  I don’t like driving in this type of weather and now my car really needs a good wash.  But, cialis buy I am glad to see that the monsoons are on their way.  And, this is the first sign of them.  Last year was actually the first year that I’d heard a dust storm called a Haboob.  I thought it was spelled Habu but I was wrong.  When did you start hearing dust storms called Haboobs?  I’m just glad that we got some rain.

 Did you know that the 2011 monsoon season for Tucson started out with only .03” of rainfall in June.  July was a little better with 1.64” of rain.  And, August saw 1.35” of rain.  These months were all lower than average amounts of rainfall.  But, September saved the monsoon season with 5.60” of rain falling on Tucson.  This gave us a total of 8.62” of rain for our 2011 monsoon season compared to a 6.08” average.  So, this turned out to be a good monsoon season for us and a welcome relief for our drought-stricken plants and trees.

We can certainly use all the rain we can get; according to the NOAA we only received 5.45” of rain from the 2010 monsoon season in Tucson.  And, this is why many desert plants appear to be in a constant state of stress.  You know it’s bad when even prickly pear cactus pads are shriveled.

 

As much relief as they can bring, monsoon rains also bring strong winds, thunder, and lightening.  These can cause major damage in a very short period of time.  Downed power lines, uprooted trees, flooding, and property damage are common and often costly.

To avoid damage to your trees, they should be properly trimmed.  Overgrown tree canopies do not allow air to flow freely through the branches.  Subsequently, thick canopies actually “catch” the force of the wind, which pushes against the foliage mass and causes the entire tree to uproot.  Trees that are over trimmed can whip in the wind and may be unable to withstand the strong winds.  Large branches may be broken off when canopies are too thin.  By comparison, trees with properly trimmed canopies are less likely to uproot in a storm, and they also are less prone to broken branches.

 Keep your trees safe, your landscape weed free, and use the water that nature provides.  Enjoy our spectacular monsoon season!  Avoid having to deal with post-monsoon problems.  Call Sonoran Oasis Landscaping at (520) 370-5697 for a free monsoon landscape evaluation.


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