Don’t throw water or money down the drain

It’s Smart Irrigation Month Water Wisely Irrigation systems are an important part of keeping your plants and trees alive and doing well in the Arizona heat. Following a few simple steps can save you money on your irrigation water bills while keeping your plants looking good. Get in the zone. Schedule each individual zone in your irrigation system to account for type of sprinkler/bubbler/emiters, sun or shade exposure, and soil in that section. Different zones will almost always need different watering schedules if you’re watering different types of vegetation and/or grass. Consider soil type. Type of soil determines how quickly water can be absorbed without runoff. Watering more than soil can absorb causes runoff and waste. You can get a fine in Tucson if you have water running down the street. Don’t send water down the drain. Set sprinklers/bubblers/emitters to water plants or grass, not your driveway, sidewalk, patio or buildings. Water only when needed. Saturate root zones and let the soil dry. Watering too much and too frequently results in shallow roots, weed growth, disease and fungus. Water at the best time. Watering during the heat of the day may cause losses of up to 30 percent due to evaporation. Prevent water loss by watering when the sun is low or down, winds are calm and temperatures are cool — typically between the evening and early morning. Water more often for shorter periods. For example, setting your lawn sprinkler system to run for three, 5-minute intervals lets soil absorb more water than watering for 15 minutes at one time, reducing runoff. Adapt watering to the season. Familiarize yourself...

What’s Wrong With My Tree?

Tree Problems Trees offer shade and are an important asset to a property. You should know the common problems that desert trees have so that you will know them when you see them. It’s the best way to resolve an issue fast. Let’s Get Started Improper Pruning If you’re going to leave a big stub with a little bit of branches coming off of it, remove it. Don’t do this. Mistletoe Mistletoe is a big problem in desert trees. The dark spots in this tree are clumps of mistletoe. It is a parasite that is carried from tree to tree by birds. It will often take hold in a tree that is already stressed, diseased or declining. So, if you see this, the tree already has problems . Wrong Tree Wrong Place Having a tree planted too close to a building, wall, sidewalk or driveway will cause roots to start lifting the wall, sidewalk or drive. Roots can also cause sewer problems. And, that can become a costly repair. Plus, lifted sidewalks are a trip hazard. Always plant a tree with enough room to grow. Remember that a tree’s roots grow to approximately double the size of it’s canopy. We Can Answer Your Tree Questions These are just a few of the problems that you may encounter with trees. Call us at (520) 370-5697 if we can answer any of your tree questions or help you with your properties trees. Our on-staff International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist is happy to help you. Deborah Munoz-Chacon Sonoran Oasis Landscaping ISA Certified Arborist #WE-6083A www.sonoran-oasis.com Copyright © 2017 Sonoran Oasis Landscaping,...

Using the Desert Museum Palo Verde Tree in Your Landscaping

Cercidium “Desert Museum” A great small tree to consider for your landscape Desert Museum Palo Verde Tree video Desert Museum Palo Verde Tree Why use the Desert Museum Palo Verde Tree? It can take our full desert sun It doesn’t need much water It’s fast growing It grows to 25′ x 25′ when mature It’s drought tolerant It has gorgeous yellow flowers Let us know if our certified arborist can answer any of your tree questions or if we can help you with any of your landscaping needs. We can be reached at (520) 370-5697.  Thank you! Arbor Day Proclomation Photo from the City of Tucson’s Mayor & Council meeting where the Mayor signed the Arbor Day Proclamation that the City’s Landscape Advisory Committee that I am a part of and TEP helped to...

Don’t Send Money Down the Drain Water Smart & Save Money This Summer

Most homeowners overwater their yard, unintentionally wasting money every time they take out the hose or turn on the sprinklers. To raise awareness of the benefits of efficient watering practices, the Irrigation Association has named July Smart Irrigation Month. Using an automated irrigation system is one of the best ways to keep your lawn and landscape beautiful and healthy, while minimizing water waste. Make time this summer to be sure you’re getting the most out of your irrigation system, while keeping utility bills low and helping to protect the environment. Smart Start Creating an efficient irrigation system requires specialized knowledge and understanding of irrigation design principles and local environmental conditions — something most weekend gardeners don’t have. Complying with local installation codes is another consideration. Even the best irrigation design won’t perform well if installed incorrectly or using inferior components. Something as simple as selecting the correct type of pipe can mean the difference between a system that lasts and one that requires ongoing repairs. Hiring a certified or licensed irrigation professional and insisting on high-quality components is the smart way to make sure your system will operate at peak efficiency for years to come. Always get multiple bids, check references and confirm your preferred vendor is properly insured. Smart Planning & Planting Guarantee long-term satisfaction with your irrigation system with up-front planning. Work with a certified irrigation designer or contractor who has experience in your local area. Consider local climate conditions, as well as your lot’s exact features. Choose appropriate turf and plant species that have low water requirements. Group plants with similar water needs close together and separate...

Tips for Successful Spring Planting

  Spring Plantings Done Right Spring is my favorite time of the year in the desert because it brings renewal, incredible weather, and outdoor plant color everywhere.  Just look around and you will see nature at its best.  Trees have new leaves and buds, flowers are blooming in every imaginable color, and the Sonoran desert is alive and vibrant.  Spring also brings the best weather for planting.  So, now is the time to consider how you can improve your home’s landscaping. There are certain simple steps that can be taken to ensure that your landscaping is well designed, easy to maintain, and conserves water.  First, look at the area to be landscaped or updated and answer the following questions: Is it in the shade or full sun? Is it near a busy street? Is it adjacent to the natural desert? What does the naturally occurring vegetation surrounding the area consist of? Will there be children playing in the area? Is it a large space or a small space? Once these questions have been answered, a plan can be put together to determine what types of plants, trees, irrigation, and other materials should be used.  Using the correct plants initially will make for a successful project. When choosing trees look for ones that have tapered trunks rather than trunks that are the same size at the top and bottom.  Also, look for trees that have branches and leaves on the lower portion of the trunk.  These assist in photosynthesis and help to strengthen the trunk. Plant size should also be considered when choosing to add plants.  The area to be...

Did you know that there is a Valentine’s Day plant? And, it isn’t a rose.

View this email in your browser Valentine Emu Bush There’s a fantastic shrub that blooms for Valentine’s Day. It grows well in our desert landscapes. And, it’s even called a Valentine bush. It’s the Valentine Emu Bush (Eremophila maculata ‘Valentine’).  This shrub gives you winter color and hummingbirds love it.  Our cooler January through March weather brings on the beautiful bright pink flowers.When it’s not blooming, it stays green and can handle our heat. Another advantage for home landscapes and common areas is that it only gets to be four to five feet tall. So, it can fit in most landscape areas without needing constant maintenance or getting too large for it’s space. If you’re looking for something in blue, the Emu Bush can help you with that too. There is a Blue Bells Emu Bush (Eremophila hygrophana) too!  This is a smaller shrub only growing to two to three feet tall. It can be placed in an even smaller area than the Valentine Emu Bush. It makes a great patio shrub. The Emu bush isn’t just for Valentine’s Day. We can help you if you have a question about a plant. Give us a call at (520) 370-5697 or email me at dmunoz@sonoran-oasis.com. HAVE A VERY HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! Share Tweet Forward Copyright © 2017 Sonoran Oasis Landscaping, All rights reserved. Want to change how you receive these emails? You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this...