Citrus trees in the desert landscape

View this email in your browser What to know about citrus Part of living in a warm southern climate is being able to enjoy growing winter fruits that our northern friends envy this time of year. Citrus was thought to have been introduced to Arizona in the 1700’s and has long been established as one of Arizona’s 5 C’s (along with copper, cattle, cotton and climate). There are many varieties available in our area, all which have their own ripening season, frost sensitivities and enjoyment factor. Here are a few more facts to help you make the most of your citrus: Some varieties of citrus perform in warm, humid climates, while other varieties such as grapefruit, lemons, mandarins and Valencia oranges prefer long hot summers like in our Southwestern deserts. Nearly all commercially grown citrus are grafted. Cocktail trees are common in backyards, which include 2-3 different grafts, providing an assortment of fruits on one tree. Citrus prefer well-drained soils since some rootstocks are susceptible to a common root rot, Phytophthora which can develop in poorly drained soils. It is recommended for citrus to be fertilized a minimum of 3 times per year: Feb., May and Aug. Monitor weather conditions closely to fine-tune the application timing. Some varieties are alternate bearing: trees produce fruit every other year or heavy one year, light the following year. Citrus require ample water, especially during the heat of summer. Mature trees should be watered every 7-10 days in the summer to the depth of 3 feet in the soil, with the water moving out beyond the tree canopy. Allow tree limbs to grow...

Plant Growth Regulators

View this email in your browser Plant Growth Regulators – What are they? And How Do They Work? When you think about stunted growth, generic viagra what do you think about? Not generally something positive. But, cialis when it comes to trimming shrubs less, it can be a very good thing.  Who doesn’t want to cut down on their maintenance time and debris removal? Well, this is what plant growth regulators can help with. Plant growth regulators are also known as plant hormones. “There are currently five recognized groups of plant hormones: auxins, gibberellins, cytokinins, abscisic acid (ABA) and ethylene. They work together coordinating the growth and development of cells.” (from Plant & Soil Sciences eLibrary)  These plant hormones help with cell elongation, cell division, flowering, and seed germination. Nurseries use them to keep plants uniform and help them from becoming too leggy. So what can this do for shrubs in your landscape?  Since some plant growth regulators block the plant from stimulating growth, it can give you a fuller shrub that needs much less trimming. They’re often applied as a spray on the leaves. It’s absorbed by the leaves and moves to the shoot tips where it slows new growth. This can save you time and money on maintenance. Arbor Day is Friday, April 29thArbor Day has been celebrated since 1872. It’s called the tree planter’s holiday. Arbor Day is a day to plant trees and help the environment. It is estimated that 18 million trees will be planted on Arbor Day.You can purchase low cost desert trees from Trees for Tucson and have them delivered to you directly...

Time to hard prune frost-damaged plants

Got brown ugly or woody plants? Many plants can be hard pruned. What does hard pruning mean? It’s cutting back plants to about six inches above ground level to rejuvenate them. Each winter plants like lantana and red birds-of-paradise freeze back and become brown. They often look dead. But, viagra sovaldi they’re not. The brown dead-looking exterior protects the lower sections and roots of the plants. So, viagra sales cure you don’t want to trim them back in the fall or winter because you’re removing the protective covering. Hard-pruning is also good for shrubs that have become woody and don’t have many leaves or flowers. They may be older shrubs or ones that have been continually sheared. Taking back Texas Rangers and oleanders can help them grow back full and reduce maintenance on them. March is the best time to do hard pruning in the desert. The winter is over and it’s not summertime hot yet. Enjoy our spring weather and watch your hard-pruned plants come back looking better than they did before. Tucson landscaper succeeds with focus on HOA clients I am honored to have been selected as one of the Total Landscape Care Magazine’s finalists for Landscaper of the Year for 2015. You can read the article from the magazine that they wrote about us here. The United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8 March during International Women’s Year 1975. Two years later, buy cialis in December 1977, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by...

Getting the Most Out of Your Desert Landscaping is now on Amazon

Our Desert Landscaping Book is now on Amazon How to have a great desert landscape I am very excited to announce that my desert landscaping book is now on Amazon. This has been a labor of love for me. It has taken a lot of time and hard work and I’m excited that it is now available on Amazon as a Kindle eBook. It will also soon be available as a paperback book. If you want to know how to take care of your urban desert landscape or to know that your landscaper is doing everything they need to be doing at the right time of the year for your yard or property, generic viagra search this book will help. Check it out. We’d love to hear what you think about the new book.  It can be foundhere. TODAY IS TAKE YOUR PANTS FOR A WALK DAY Don’t just take your pants for a walk, health take yourself for a walk too. It’s good for your health.It can be hot this time of year in Arizona. So, cialis if you do go for a walk make sure to have water with you and go early in the morning or late in the evening. And, watch out for snakes. We’re not sure where this celebration originated but we do like the idea. If you live near a park and haven’t been there in awhile take a walk there. Or, even just a walk around your neighborhood would be a nice diversion. Things look a lot different when your walking rather than driving in your car. You might just notice an...

What to know to have happy plants.

View this email in your browser Are Your Plants Happy? Planning, viagra canada try Installing and Maintaining Plants Did you know that your plants should be treated right to be happy? It all starts with installation. Plant the right plant in the right place and you’re sure to have a happy thriving plant. Plant the wrong plant in the wrong place and your plant will not look good or be happy. These Texas Rangers are not necessarily planted in the wrong place. They are along a busy street and the landscape designer most surely designed them to be a barrier to the noise and traffic from the street. But, then the well-intentioned but not very knowledgeable landscaping crew came along and decided they needed to “shape” them into balls to show that they had worked. Constant shearing is hard on shrubs and these shrubs do nothing to block the noise and traffic. Leaving them alone to grow together and get taller would help accomplish the goal of having them be a barrier. The thinness at the bottom of the plant shows that it’s having difficulty recovering from the shape of the shearing. The care of these plants is much more thought out than the first photo. The groundcover works well in this area and can be kept off the sidewalk. The shrubs are left more natural and not severely pruned. This is appropriate for the site and it was probably the final vision of the landscape designer. Having a design that is installed as envisioned and then maintained appropriately can make all the difference in the look of a landscape....

Pruning for Young Trees

When and How to Prune Young Trees View this email in your browser Young Tree Pruning When and How to do it Do you have a young tree and are wondering what you should do with it if anything?  Did your tree come with sticks attached to it to help keep it straight and upright? If so, viagra sales and remove those sticks. They are nursery stakes and should not be kept on the tree. If the tree has trouble standing upright on it’s own once the sticks are removed, sildenafil cialis restake with heavy duty lodge poles and proper staking material. Now on to young tree pruning. New trees (under two years old) should only be pruned to remove dead or broken branches. Leave all small suckers and leaves on the trunk during this time. These branches and leaves help the young tree grow a strong trunk. At two years old, you can start pruning your young tree to develop the shape that you want.  Unless you bought a multi-trunk type tree, your tree will have one main trunk. It’s best to prune your young tree right before spring when it leafs out. You can see the branching of the tree because there are few or no leaves this time of year. Prune off any crossing branches. They can rub together and damage each other. Also remove any dead, broken, or rubbing branches. Do not remove more than 25% of the branches during any one pruning. Taking off more than this can damage the tree. And, always use care to make sure you do not rip the bark on...