How to Care for Trees in the Desert

Keeping trees alive and well during the scorching Phoenix summer months can seem daunting as doing your own taxes. A little knowledge on most common desert trees, you will find that dry land landscaping does not have to be so intimidating. All Desert Gardening is here to assist with your tree care.

Queen Palm Tree:

When you imagine this tall tropical plant, you might picture it near an ocean. Oddly enough, the Arizona desert is riddled with what are called, “Queen Palms.” Many people make the mistake of underestimating just how much water a Queen needs to continue ruling. Those living in Phoenix cannot count on the nature of Arizona to provide enough water for most plants; consequently homeowners must become knowledgeable on how to properly quench their trees’ thirst. 
palm treesThe experts at advise owners to treat the tree like grass. Palm trees are very similar because the roots are not deeply rooted. To ensure the Queen Palm gets proper care this summer abide by the following guidelines:

  • Water 4-5 times per week
  • The amount of water you use should match the size of your tree (for example, a 10 gallon tree should get 10 gallons of water each time).
  • Water early in the day or late at night. Always avoid watering mid-day.
  •  Attach a drip nozzle to the end of your hose (slow-drip is the most effective method of watering).

There are many common trees found in the Arizona desert that require far-less watering than palm trees. Among the most popular are the Blue Palo Verde, and the Ironwood.

Blue Palo Verde

This native tree is the state tree and responsible for beautifully painting many AZ streets with streaks of yellow. The vivid coloring of the Verde’s flowers may trick one into believing that they require a large amount of water; however, the opposite is true. When Blue Palo Verde is young, they require water weekly. Once the tree grows old enough, it is able to last long periods without getting thirsty.

Palo Verde Tree

  • Once your Verde is established, only water when a drought occurs (when the tree receives no rain-water for several months).
  • If you choose to water the Verde more often, you can increase its growth rate.


This tree originates from some of the driest, hottest parts of the desert. It is no wonder that the tree has earned its name “Ironwood,” because, like an iron, it can reach scalding temperatures and still withstand the conditions. The tree can survive in the wild on solely rainwater: in theory you can own a living ironwood and give it no water. However, your tree will grow much faster if you take the following tips:

  • Do not water during the winter months.
  • Beginning in March and ending in October, water once a month.
  • When watering, make sure the entire root zone becomes wet.
  • Use a drip system and try to get as far into the roots as possible.

Even though the desert is known for its cacti, there are still many trees of Arizona landscape that can greatly benefit from a little bit of watering. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your desert tree, feel free to contact All Desert Gardening today 623-215-5607.


September Yard Card


The month of September brings a cooling of temperatures. Time to check your garden/landscaping for the damage from the heat. Planters can become cracked and dry these will need to be replaced. When replanting the planter ensure that the new planter has drainage hole in the bottom, the planter is a little larger than the previous planter, add some good soil to the bottom about ¼, place plant from old planter on top, add new soil on the top, and water. This will allow for the plant to have room to grow, receive added nutrients from new soil, and keep disease down.

Time to prepare for over seeding the summer lawn for winter lawn by stopping fertilizing or add 10 lbs. Ironite for every 1000 square of lawn.  Begin mowing the lawn to a slightly higher.

Trees will need to continue to be watered deeply. Citrus tress needs to be fertilized if not done in the month of August. Trim and clean out citrus trees.

This is the time to preparing beds for flowers and garden is extremely important. Soil must have:

  • Organic matter
  • Stone free
  • Drains well
  • Retains moisture
  • Test soil PH

This is the time of year when we can enjoy our yards in the evening. All the planting and care through the hot summer will provide you with a wonderful oasis through the next six months.

Please feel free to contact All Desert Gardening, your local landscaping company or see Phoenix gardening calendar for assistance with your landscape questions or needs.

June Yard Care

June Landscaping

June is the beginning of the hot summer temperature. This time is difficult for many plants in the area.  The weather remains close to 100+ degrees on a daily basis. Remember that your planters will require special attention. The planters hold the heat and roots cannot go deep in the soil for cooler temperatures. Moving your planters to partial shaded areas and watering during the cooler temperatures of the day will assist your plants.

The following items should be addressed to protect your yard and landscape through the heat:

  • Provided iron to your lawn
  • Follow your fertilizing schedule, except for flowers
  • Mulch is a must for areas where the sun is directly shinning this keeps the soil cooler.  AMC Consolidated provides quality mulch for your gardening needs.
  • Pick fruit off fruit tress to prevent bird damage
  • Collect spring bulbs once the leaves die naturally
  • Great time to add palm trees to your landscapes
  • Irrigate your flowers every other day
  • Plant heat tolerant plants through out summer
  • Water on a regular basis
  • Stalk tall flowers to assist with strong summer winds

Drip watering system must be checked for proper water, humidity, and that the drippers are popping out. Make sure that drippers are reaches the plants. Make sure the hoses are not getting worn out from the heat.  All Desert Gardening provides a free watering system check. Contact us today 623-215-5607 to schedule your free watering system check.

April Gardening Tips

Desert Landscaping

April is the time to get ready for the hot temperatures in the Phoenix Arizona. Many plants are blooming and growing. Taking care of your garden now before the hot temperatures arrive will allow for your garden to make it through the hot summer with beauty and minimal landscape loss.

If your yard is overgrown with weeds. Clear out and treat the weeds in the yard. Remember the best time to treat weeds is not before rain or during wind. Don’t forget the lawn weeds. April is the time for the summer grass to start growing and weeds will be with that.

When the temperatures rise above 60 degrees at night the summer grass begins to grow. Increase water time when the temperatures rise. It is time to reseed for summer grass and pay attention to the open patch areas. Remember to hold off mowing until the turf is grown.

Most of your summer planting should be over, but there still time to do some last minute planting such as:

Prairie Zinnia

Desert Marigold



Shasta Daisy

HybiscusKeep your flowering plants flowering by removing dying or dead blooms. Watering plants as temperatures increase is better for infrequent and deep.  A simple guide is:

Water one foot for turf annuals, cactus, ground covering, and grass

Water two feet for shrubs

Water three feet for trees

Last off check all of your plastic planters to make sure that they are not dry and cracking. Replace any planters that are not up to par.  The best key to plant guide and native trees can be found at the links provided.

All Desert Gardening is your desert landscaping company. We provide services for you all desert planting, landscape, and gardening needs. Please feel free to contact us at Phone Number: 623-215-5607Email:, Website: