Apr 022014
 

All throughout the year, pruning of one type or another can be performed on most trees depending on the type of tree and reason for pruning. Winter months are good for pruning deciduous and citrus trees. Citrus trees need to be pruned before bloom, usually by the beginning of March. May to June is a << read more >>

Apr 022014
 

Pruning is the most common, routine tree maintenance practice that is done. It is important to understand the science behind pruning, and how a tree will respond to each cut made. There are many different types of pruning, but if done improperly, it can lead to serious damage or worse to the tree.   Several << read more >>

Apr 022014
 

Phoenix loves queen palms, but queen palms don’t love Phoenix. In fact, queen palms downright detest having to be in Phoenix. Why? Although these plants certainly enjoy all the sunshine that the valley has to offer, they prefer a slightly acidic, well drained soil, the very opposite of our very alkaline, compact soil. These palms, << read more >>

Apr 022014
 
Common Diseases and Conditions

Over and under-watering   Watering is obviously a very important part of tree maintenance. But when and how much? Trees, in general, prefer slow, deep, infrequent waterings, as opposed to the highly prevalent practice of very frequent, short, shallow waterings. This is particularly necessary in our compact, clay soil. Deep waterings allow proper infiltration and << read more >>

Apr 022014
 

Feeding/Fertilization   Fertilization is one of the most important, but one of the most ill applied practices in all of arbor care. All too often, people will buy a generic  fertilizer of some kind, and apply it to their trees, without any real investigation of that fertilizer, what is in it, and how it works. << read more >>

Apr 012014
 

The truth is, trees are very much taken for granted. They are cut upon, chopped on, hacked, highly neglected, and abused in almost every way imaginable, usually with no expectation that the tree may suffer. Almost always, this is simply due to a lack of knowledge and education. Trees, like people have certain needs to << read more >>