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Fertilizing Citrus Trees and Palm Trees in Arizona

Fertilizing your citrus and palm trees is key to maintaining their fruit, yield and natural beauty.

Arizona’s climate is well suited to growing all manner of citrus, including navel oranges, grapefruit, lemons and tangerines. These trees can be planted year round, but do best when planted during March or April, or even during the month of October. Palm trees, on the other hand, do best when planted during the warmer months of April through September.

Everyone loves a great looking citrus or palm tree; they provide shelter, in some cases produce fruit, and provide an aesthetically pleasing addition to any yard when they are properly trimmed and maintained. But what’s the best way to care for these trees and make them look their best? The answer is simple: fertilization.

Citrus Tree Fertilization in Arizona

Fertilizing citrus trees in the Phoenix area doesn’t have to be an arduous task, but you do need to be careful to avoid over fertilization, which may lead to less juicy, tougher fruit and peels. Click here to contact Earthtones about a citrus fertilization schedule.

To begin, it’s best to choose a fertilizer that is specifically designed for fruit or citrus trees. You’ll see this information listed on the bag. Additionally, you want to pick a fertilizer that contains phosphorous and nitrogen, which are two critical elements for proper citrus tree health and growth.

When it comes to choosing how much fertilizer to use and how often to use it, follow the instructions on the bag, but remember a few rules of thumb: For smaller or younger trees (2-3 years old), use about a half pound of fertilizer three times a year (late January, late April and early August). For larger citrus six-years-old and older, use about two and a half pounds total three times a year. For newly planted citrus trees (0-1 year old) use about a quarter pound three times a year if needed. This is a good guide for fertilizing citrus plants like oranges, limes, lemons, etc. For grapefruit, split all of the aforementioned measurements in half.

After you’ve measured your fertilizer out, throw on some protective gloves and spread the fertilizer evenly about three to four feet around the tree’s trunk. After spreading, grab a rake or similar tool and lightly aerate the area so the fertilizer easily absorbs into the soil. Lastly, water the tree according to the directions on the bag.

Palm Tree Fertilization in Arizona

While some palm trees are different than others, most require frequent watering but infrequent fertilization. Arizona soil is typically deficient in nitrogen, and most palms suffer from some sort of magnesium and potassium deficiency, so finding a palm tree fertilizer rich in all three elements is important. You can typically find special palm tree fertilizer on sale at local stores or available online. To talk to a specialist contact Earthtones about palm tree fertilization by filling out our online form.

You’ll typically apply palm tree fertilizer twice a year (once in mid-spring and once in early summer) for best results, but again, be sure to follow the instructions given on the bottle. Spread the product evenly around the base of the tree but avoid the area around the trunk and water thoroughly afterward. If you notice that your palm tree looks a little worse for wear (brown, drooping fronds, dead fronds, etc.) and under-watering isn’t the problem, additional fertilization may be needed.

If you follow these simple steps for citrus and palm tree fertilization you’ll enjoy beautiful, bountiful trees all year round. And if you’d like to have Earthtones handle your yard’s tree fertilization needs don’t hesitate to contact us or call the number to the right for a free, no-obligation quote!

The Importance of Tree Trimming and Proper Crown Maintenance

Tree Trimming-image-3We all love enjoying the outdoors during the cooler fall months in the Phoenix metro area, and one way to ensure beautiful surroundings at your home or business is to understand the importance of proper tree trimming and crown maintenance (otherwise known as tree pruning). The tips below will apply to popular desert trees in Arizona like the Museum Palo Verde, Sissoo Tree, Blue Palo Verde, Willow Acacia, Ironwood, Vitex and many more.

But before we dig into the importance of tree trimming and crown maintenance in Phoenix, it’s important that we explain the various types of tree trimming and define the word “crown”:

What is a Tree’s Crown?

Simply put, a tree’s crown is its leaf and branch area. This area does not include the trunk of the tree, just all of the visible branches and leaves/blooms.

What is Crown Reduction?

Crown reduction is a type of tree trimming or pruning that reduces the overall size of a tree’s crown. Think of it like a haircut for your tree – it reduces the total volume of branch and leaf content and helps shape the tree’s vegetative growth. In practical terms, a crown reduction may be necessary if you feel like you need better visibility to what lies beyond the tree, if you need to let more light enter a particular area of your yard, or simply want to improve the look or appearance of your tree.

What is Crown Thinning?

Crown thinning is a procedure which involves removing carefully selected branches within the tree’s crown in order to give other branches room to grow. Thinning also removes “tree clutter” or debris like dying branches to ensure healthy growth. This type of tree trimming is especially important for Phoenix-area residents if dead or diseased branches are becoming a problem or potential hazard.

What is Crown Lifting? 

Crown lifting is the process that allows lower branches of a tree to be removed in order to alter its appearance, allow for extra clearance under the tree, or as a mechanism to allow extra light to enter a particular area of your yard. It’s so named because removing the lower branches appears to give the tree’s overall crown a “lift”.

The Importance of Tree Trimming and Crown Maintenance

Now that we’ve defined a few key terms and described various types of crown maintenance we can talk about the overall importance of tree trimming in Arizona.

Firstly, proper tree trimming/crown maintenance/pruning is important to maintaining a safe environment for your family or business. No one wants an accident due to an overburdened tree or dead branches falling and hurting someone or damaging other parts of a home, business or yard. IF you’ve already been affected by falling debris, schedule a one-time yard cleanup from Earthtones Landscape Management.

While maintaining a safe environment for your family or business is important, so is maintaining the health of your tree! A tree that receives regular trimming and maintenance will grow to its fullest potential and have the healthiest blooms/flowers/leaves possible. Removing dead branches promotes growth and looks aesthetically pleasing as well. It’s also important to note that an improperly trimmed or pruned tree can not only be unattractive, but dangerous as well. Without an experienced hand, improper pruning can lead to diseased branches, loose branches, etc., which could potentially cause irreparable damage to the tree and a situation where someone might be hit by a falling branch. Learn more about a regular yard clean-up and maintenance schedule or simply contact Earthtones Landscape Management for more information.

Last, but certainly not least, tree trimming also helps ensure that a property’s value remains as high as possible. After all, it’s more than just a home that determines value. Keeping your landscape’s trees in tip-top shape helps keep your property values high.

Remember, a properly trimmed tree is a happy tree! Be sure to stay tuned to our blog for even more helpful articles on how to properly maintain your yard and get the most out of your landscaping.

Feed the Trees! Deep Watering for your Arizona plants

You may have heard the term deep drip or deep watering before. Well, that’s because it works! “Deep Watering” tree’s promotes deep rooting of trees and shrubs. This allows them to be more prone to surviving drought, and giving you thriving foliage and flowers. Deep watering allows you to water your plants less often, but simply for a longer period of time. For example, instead of watering daily which will keep your plants alive, deep watering is only required once every three days or so for a longer period of time seeing as the water penetrates the surface to get the the “root” of the problem. Water saturates the area allowing for the plant to have more continuous supply, rather than surface water evaporating quickly in the Arizona heat. Give us a call for more details or to set up deep watering for your beautiful landscape!

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Mesquite Trees


Did you know?
The mesquite tree has the longest roots in the desert.
Some desert plants called phreatophytes have long roots that dig deep into the ground to find water. The mesquite tree has roots longer than those of any other desert plant, reaching lengths of 80 feet, according to Desert USA. Creosote bushes have double root systems that draw water from deep in the ground as well as from rainfall at the surface!

Citrus Tree Fertilization

We are coming upon the season where your citrus trees start to bloom! To get the most out of your citrus tree, it is recommended you fertilize twice;
When you first see the bud of the flower and about 90 days after when the fruit first starts to form. This will enable you to grow a healthy tree bearing more fruit for your spring and summer needs!

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Aerating Your Lawn!

For a healthy green lawn, don’t forget to Aerate! Aerating your lawn allows for the nutrients and water to be absorbed more easily and for a healthy root growing system for any budding or mature grass. Give us a call today for a quote or to add to your services!

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Where Can I Find the Best Landscapers in Phoenix, Arizona?

Do a quick Google search for the best landscapers in Phoenix and you’ll find that there are plenty of landscaping companies in our area vying for your business. But what do they really have to offer, and why are people turning to Earthtones Landscape Management to find the best landscapers in Phoenix?

After checking out several of the Valley’s landscapers online, we found that most lacked quality websites, quality content, and good information. How can these guys claim to be the best landscapers in Phoenix and not even offer the basics for their customers? It just doesn’t make sense.

Browse our website here at Earthtones Landscape Management and you’ll find quality materials and information, along with great pictures of the work we’ve done so that you can see how we operate and the great landscaping services we can provide. You can check out our various pages, which showcases a wide variety of the work we do, along with helpful information and facts about landscaping in Phoenix and Arizona as a whole. It just makes sense to us that you can’t really know what you’re getting into until you’ve seen it for yourself. Seeing is believing! 

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