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If you live in Arizona, you probably have a citrus tree in your yard or you know someone who does. If you are the proud owner of a citrus tree than you know how beautiful they are and also how frustrating they can sometimes be in their care. It seems that no matter what you do, sometimes your tree gets yellow curled-up leaves and it will not respond to anything you do. In this blog post we will share some lessons on how not to kill your citrus tree.
First, it is important that you understand the watering needs. Citrus trees need a lot of water, but not constantly. Mature trees need to be watered very well and then the soil needs to dry out a bit so that the roots can get oxygen. In the winter months the trees should be watered so that the ground around the tree is saturated with standing water for an hour. In the winter, watering 1 time every 14-21 days is a good rule of thumb. When the weather changes to Arizona’s well-known 100+ degree summer, increase the watering cycle to 2 times every 10 days.
One of the most important points to remember is that the watering should not be around the trunk of the tree but instead over the diameter of the entire canopy. Too much water will deprive the roots of oxygen, resulting in yellowing and leaf loss. Too little water will result in leaf shrivel and retarded growth. Both conditions create stress that over time can make your tree susceptible to other disease.
Important note: do not water the leaves. Water droplets on the leaves can focus and magnify the sun’s rays, resulting in sun burn. In addition, Arizona water is very salty and citrus leaves are stressed by salt. Too much salt will cause leaf loss.
Citrus trees are sensitive to the environment, especially heat. Pruning should be done in February before new growth buds appear. Citrus trunks should be painted with citrus paint if they are exposed to the direct sun, especially if there are any signs of blistering.
Finally, fertilize your trees 3 times a year: Valentine’s Day, Memorial Day and Labor Day. Use a good fertilizer that is designed specifically for citrus trees. Ensure that it contains significant amounts of iron because iron will prevent leaf yellowing.
With a little care and careful attendance, your citrus trees will produce plenty of fruit and look beautiful all year long.
Thanks to the dry, Arizona environment, landscaping your backyard can often be challenging. And while a well-rounded combination of native desert plants and features can blend into your surrounding landscape best, it does not mean you are limited to only common cacti and simple rocks.
In fact, desert residential landscaping in Arizona can be your opportunity to showcase a variety of eye-catching features, from colorful, native shrubs and plants to glorious water fountains and ponds that can attract small desert animals and various birds.
Walkways, Patios and Lighting
When deciding on material to use for your walkway and/or patio, you might consider utilizing beautiful, native stone selections, from reddish-brown Saltillo tiles to natural sandstone, shale or capstone sections. These varieties all blend well with the local Southwestern environment, offering a striking contrast whether used for a patio, a pathway or a grilling area in the backyard.
Also low on maintenance, tiles created from these native materials can stand up to the harsh, hot environment, naturally absorb water and blend into your backyard’s surroundings, both in structure and color.
In addition, because the Arizona desert can be quite dark at nighttime, plan on incorporating some lighting ideas to help make backyard entertaining easier and more comfortable. Add strings of lights wrapped around posts, or place them in and around trees to bring your backyard alive at night. Torch lighting can offer striking and strategically placed areas of light. Finally, walkway lighting can offer safety and allure to further enhance your backyard.
Thinking about adding a water feature in your desert backyard? With this approach, you can create your own personal oasis in the midst of cactus and rock.
Rock-walled waterfalls, swimming pools and fountains can provide eye-appeal, soothing sounds and a sense of refreshing coolness to a hot, dry desert backyard.
Ponds or pools surrounded by desert rock – like sandstone or shale – can offer visual depth and interest. Consider placing them off the back patio or perhaps tucked into the far corner of your backyard.
Arizona’s natural desert plants can offer equal hardiness, low water requirements and vibrant color. Native shrubs, such as Agave, Creosote or Desert Broom, provide low maintenance and low watering needs, even in the highest heat of summer.
At Corona Landscape, we take pride in showing up on time, getting the job done right and giving our customers valued services at prices they can afford.
Like many parts of the country, major areas of Arizona are experiencing drought conditions. This presents challenges when it comes to water (or the lack thereof) available for lawns and other landscaping purposes.
Corona Landscape understands your struggle to keep your property looking attractive while conserving water and other vital natural resources. We know our residential landscaping customers are conscientious citizens—yet they also take pride in their property and want it to be beautiful and well-maintained.
Fortunately, it is possible to practice responsible water usage and still keep your lawn and greenery looking healthy and attractive.
Our expertise in Mesa are landscaping allows us to suggest the perfect lawn and garden options for your property and our local climate. We can create a beautiful outdoor environment consisting of plants and flowers that can thrive in this environment, using minimal water resources. We use turf, rocks, lighting, pavers and other accessories to give your yard a more exciting look without requiring additional water supplies.
In addition, we can also design and install an irrigation system that uses water as efficiently as possible, recycling whenever feasible and keeping waste to a minimum.
To discuss Mesa residential landscaping solutions that provide the look you want while conserving the precious water we all need, contact Corona Landscape.
Here in Arizona our winter is more like everyone else’s fall. Temperatures don’t normally drop below 50 during the day, the sun shines 90% of the time, there’s rarely snow or rain (at least in Phoenix) and people here live for these beautiful months. One of the greatest things about our mild “falls” is that fall landscaping is much easier to maintain than in other parts of the world. Yet while compared to most people we have it pretty easy, there are still some important things every landscaper or home owner should know about landscaping in the fall.
3 secrets to fall landscaping
- Cover – Even though temperatures don’t normally reach freezing or below, most years there are a few freezing nights. Because most of our plants aren’t used to such cold weather it is very important to protect them from frost damage. Keep an eye on the weather and check the news for freeze warnings in your area. Equip yourself with as many coverings as you have plants. You can do this easily by purchasing cheap bed sheets and blankets, however, it is best to use material such as burlap, fleece, Polypropylene or similar materials designed to be plant covers. You can find many different sizes and types of covers online or at home improvement stores. If you have certain types of cacti such as Cholla, Leding’s Hedgehog Cactus or Totem Cactus you can cover the tips with Styrofoam or plastic cups. Many of your larger, well-rooted plants are not at risk of dying, however, in order to be safe you should cover smaller, younger plants to avoid damage or death. You can reuse your plant covers year after year. Keep them on hand and at the first sight of those freezing nights, bundle those babies up.
- Water – Most people are under the impression that watering your plants during this very cold weather will just put them at greater risk for damage. Frost damage actually happens because the frost pulls water from the plant, so if you do not water your plants properly during extreme weather conditions your plants could dehydrate, either causing severe damage or loss of the plant. The best way to water your plants during this time is to water them thoroughly before a freeze because the water will help produce more heat for the plant and will inhibit dehydration.
- Maintenance – Maintenance can mean a variety of different things: trimming trees and plants, mowing the lawn, cleaning up loose leaves, picking weeds, etc. These activities not only keep your landscape looking beautiful but also make for better health and growth. Maintenance also included over-seeding. For those of your who have beautiful green lawns, it is very important to over-seed in the colder months. Perennial ryegrass will keep your lawn lush, green and healthy through these colder months giving you a beautiful, healthy lawn all year round. We recommend you do this when evening temperatures stay below 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
Doing these three things can make a huge difference in your fall landscaping. It will keep your landscape alive, healthy and beautiful. Here at Corona Landscape our highly talented and trained landscape professionals can help you with these tasks. We have many years of experience in the valley and we are dedicated to our customers. Contacts us today so we can dedicate ourselves to your fall landscaping needs.
When you live in the desert you might not think too much about having a yard, but landscaping in Arizona can be very beautiful. You don’t have to have thick grass or a large lawn to enjoy the way the outdoors look; you just need to make sure you’re choosing the right plants for your climate. By doing so, you keep from needing to do a lot of work on your yard, and you won’t spend too much money on watering, either.
Get a Professional to Help You
Professional landscapers are a great choice to help you get started. You might not be sure just where you want your new plants to be placed, or if there are areas of the yard that would be better for them. Do they need any shade? Should they be protected from cold weather? There are many questions you’ll want to ask, and a professional can really help you make the right choices regarding the kinds of plants you’ll need and where they should go.
Making Good Plant Choices
Of course, you’ll also want to have some say in which plants you end up with. By working with your landscaper, you can make good plant choices and really love your yard. Many plants are perennial and they will come back year after year. If you choose those, you’ll have less maintenance to do because you won’t be replanting every year. Of course, annuals also have their place and can be a good choice in some flower beds and yards.
When you plan your yard space, you’ll want to consider what you can add in addition to plants. There are so many ways to decorate a desert space with rocks, gravel, and other items native to the area. Plants are often a part of the landscaping, but they don’t have to be all of it. By working with a good landscaper, you’ll be able to explore all the potential of desert landscaping, so you can get something that’s just right for you and your property.
People who move to the desert from other areas of the country are often at a loss as to how to handle residential landscaping in Arizona. They may be used to yards full of grass and big trees, and those aren’t commonly seen in most parts of the desert Southwest. Even though the landscaping will need to be handled differently, there’s still plenty you can do in order to have a great looking yard in the desert at any time of year.
Consider Non-Living Alternatives
Rather than try to put grass, flowers, trees, and other plants throughout the entire yard, consider ways to landscape with rocks, gravel, and man-made items. Some people have “grass” that’s actually made from plastic or rubber products, and it’s not hard to build flower beds that actually house gravel and succulents like cactus.
By mixing living and non-living options for landscaping, you can create something that has a lot of visual interest but that doesn’t have to be watered or worried about. Your lawn area can look great without much need to do anything with it on a daily, weekly, or even monthly basis.
Use Native Plants
Another great way to create residential landscaping in desert environments is to make sure that you use plants that are native to the area. Cacti are popular choices, but there are other options as well. If you choose plants that are native, you don’t have to water them as much – and that can save you big on both time and money.
You can either lay out a plan for your yard, or you can get a professional to do it for you. Decide where the plants should go and what other features you want in your yard. Then you can have landscaping that fits with the desert environment but also fits with your personality and the way you want your yard to look. That will help make you happy in your new home.