Do you have questions about planting a tree or caring for existing trees in your yard? Joanne Toms, Water Conservation Specialist, from the City of Glendale is here with some helpful Q&A. Just in time for Arbor Day, which is today (Friday, April 27th)!
What type of tree should I plant?
Pick a tree that can survive and thrive in our desert region. Heat tolerant trees often have the following characteristics: small leaves, light green or grey leaves, are native to arid climates and can tolerate intermittent watering. For a printed copy of the popular Landscape Plants for the Arizona Desert, which features more than 30 desert-adapted trees, contact your local water conservation office.
Where should I water my tree?
Nature knows best. Imitate nature by watering your tree at the drip line (at the outer reaches of the canopy of the tree). This is also where a tree naturally sheds rainwater. The most active water absorption area is at the drip line and beyond, not adjacent to the trunk.
How much should I water my tree?
You need to fill up your tree’s underground water storage tank – the “root zone,” or the soil surrounding the tree’s roots. Be sure to water the tree’s root zone which is 24 to 36 inches deep. A good way to test how deep you have watered is to use a soil probe or a long screwdriver. Just be sure to know where your irrigation and utility lines are located, first. Several hours after watering, push the probe into the soil. It will slide easily through wet soil but will be difficult or impossible to push through dry soil. Check out this handy brochure on how to best water your trees.
New Tree Trail Dedication April 28
Just in time for Arbor Day, Glendale’s Conservation & Sustainable Living program has opened its new addition to the Glendale Xeriscape Garden, the Tree Trail. This project, funded by a grant from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, features a renovated 10,000-square foot area of the garden, with a focus on small- and medium-sized trees better suited for most residential landscapes where space may be tight. Residents are encouraged to come and enjoy the new Tree Trail and the surrounding Xeriscape Demonstration Garden. The new Tree Trail is located at the city’s Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St., and open sun up to sun down every day.
Glendale is one of fifteen Water – Use It Wisely regional partners who offer water-saving landscape assistance to water customers.