Trees are a great addition to any landscape as they protect soil underneath them, provide shade for surrounding plants, and mitigate wind effects. However, it is important to consider that in the Arizona desert landscape, the choice of which trees to use may be quite a bit different than that of a cooler climate.
In Arizona, we have a variety of native trees that look great in a community landscape and thrive in the desert climate. Trees such as Mesquite, Palo Verde, and Acacia are recommended as they typically adjust better to the local environment and are much healthier to use in an Arizona landscape in comparison to their non-native counterparts.
When planting a new tree, make sure to do your research and refer to professionals such as certified arborists or landscape architects to help you make the best decision when it comes to species of tree.
Once you’ve decided the type of tree/trees you want to plant in your landscape, it’s time to get started!
When planting new trees make sure to:
- Plant them in a space that they can grow in! Plant trees in areas large enough for them to grow to their projected full size.
- Leave temporary/small branches on the new tree if possible
- Dig a large enough plant pit for the new tree (This should be anywhere from 1/2-2 times the width of the tree’s root ball, according to ALCA)
- Loosen outside of the root ball to help with growth into the new soil of the planting pit
- Backfill the planting pit with soil that was previously removed, while ensuring not to mix with any decomposed granite surrounding the area
- Cover the backfill with granite or mulch
Arizona Arbor Care Specialists
It is always a good idea to work with an arborist or landscape management company when looking to plant multiple new trees, especially in the case of a larger landscape project such as a commercial property or HOA community.
For trusted and certified arbor care, contact the ELS Arbor team today!