Adding Color to Your Arizona Summer Landscape

As summer approaches, it’s time to change out your winter annual flowers to colorful flowers that can take the heat of the Arizona desert summers.

Even with year-round sunshine, Arizona’s low desert has two distinct growing seasons, a cool season and a warm season. This gives Phoenix area gardeners abundant opportunities for adding interest, scent and color throughout the year. Annuals are an easy and relatively inexpensive way to brighten things up as a focal point in your landscape, in a hanging basket, in pots on the patio or to make a statement at the entrance to your home.

Cool season annuals, referred to as Winter Flowers in Phoenix, give your yard color when you need it the most. Winter flowers are planted in the fall and provide color until May or until temperatures heat up. The most popular winter flowers here are Petunias, Geraniums, Pansies, Cyclamen, Snapdragons, Dianthus and Stock. These plants do well with less intense sunlight and cool nights.

Warm season annuals, referred to as Summer Flowers in Phoenix, can be planted as early as  March or April or when they become available at nurseries. They provide interest and color for your landscape. With proper care, they can last well into fall. These plants do well during the more intense sunlight and warmer nights of our summers here in the valley. The most popular summer flowers are Vinca, Angelonia, Pentas, Portulaca, Salvia, Gazania, and Lisianthus.

Annuals are an easy and enjoyable way to liven up your garden. Goodman’s Landscape Maintenance can help you with flower selection and installation.


Rejuvenating Your Lawn for the Summer

A lush green lawn provides a cool respite in the heat of our Phoenix summers. Bermuda grass is the grass of choice for summer lawns. It can take the desert’s hottest weather if it has enough water. This type of grass goes dormant, turning brown, in the fall when the night time temperatures start to fall below 55 degrees. The best growing time for Bermuda grass is when daytime temperatures exceed 80 degrees Fahrenheit with nighttime temperatures above 65 degrees, around April or May.

Some people choose to overseed their lawns with Ryegrass each year in the fall to keep their lawns green during lower winter temperatures. Unlike winter Rye grass, Bermuda grass only needs to planted once. The Bermuda grass will come in more fully and quickly if Ryegrass is allowed to dry out in early May. Two weeks without watering is usually enough to kill the Ryegrass. Once the Ryegrass turns brown, resume lawn watering to encourage the Bermuda grass to come out of dormancy.

Over the winter, your lawn’s soil will probably have become compacted beneath a layer of thatch. Thatch is a layer of dead and living grass shoots, stems and roots that are visible between the soil and the green grass blades in your lawn. Thick thatch layers can cause root damage and can be a haven for disease-causing organisms and insects. Thatch can also hold too much water, resulting in root rot. Lawn aeration is the best way to address this problem. Aeration works best when a mechanical core aerator is used. This machine removes small plugs of soil and places them on top of your lawn, leaving holes that allow nutrients and water to reach the root system. The process strengthens and invigorates the roots, resulting in a thicker and healthier lawn. For best results for your summer lawn, aeration should take place around May.

Once your Bermuda grass begins to turn green, regular fertilizing and watering during the growing season in order to maintain growth and color is recommended. Make sure your irrigation system is properly working to ensure the best summer lawn possible.

Let Goodman’s Landscape Maintenance help you manage your summer lawn including aeration, fertilization, ongoing maintenance and irrigation system checks/repairs. We can also help you with ryegrass overseeding in fall.

Fun Citrus Facts

Arizona is one of only four states, including California, Texas and Florida, able to grow citrus in the United States.  Citrus trees are an important part of the Phoenix area sights and smells. Stroll around the neighborhood, especially in February and March, and enjoy the sweet scent of citrus blossoms in the air.

Fun Citrus Facts

  • The first citrus tree in Arizona was planted in 1889 by William J. Murphy to supply the miners in CA to combat scurvy.
  • Citrus production in Arizona peaked around 1970 with 80,000 acres in production
  • Due to urban development, only about 20,000 acres are now in production in Arizona
  • Citrus are considered Evergreens as they keep their green leaves year round
  • There is more fiber in an orange than in most other fruits and vegetables
  • One lemon contains a full day’s supply of vitamin C with 33% in the peel.
  • Grapefruit can help lower cholesterol.
  • A citrus tree blooms while also bearing fruit
  • Citrus fruits can be left on the tree without becoming over ripe. Fruit does not continue to ripen once picked. The longer citrus fruit ripens on the tree, the sweeter and less acidic it will be.
  • Most trees flower in February and March.
  • With proper care, a citrus tree is capable of producing fruit for over 50 years. Proper care includes good quality root stock selection, correct planting in the right location, proper water and fertilizer, and protection from diseases, pests and harsh weather.

Care of Citrus Trees


Citrus trees can be planted year-round but the best months to plant are March, April and October.


Citrus trees fare the best if they are heavily watered and then allowed to dry out between drenchings. Typically, trees will need to be watered every one to two weeks in summer and every three to four weeks in the winter. Try not to water trees a little bit every few days to avoid salt build up in the soil.


Citrus trees should be fertilized in March, June and September. Do not fertilize after October as it encourages tender new growth during winter when there is danger of frost.


Prune citrus trees to eliminate sprouts, remove weak, crossing or dead branches, or to allow more light in the tree canopy. February through April are the best months to prune citrus in the Phoenix area. Protect exposed wood from the sun using a citrus whitewash.

Contact Goodman’s Landscape Maintenance at (602) 861-1144 for your citrus care needs.

Facts provided with help from Greenfield Citrus, Arizona Cooperative Extension, and Arizona Experience.

Leave Your Tree Removal to a Professional Team

Chilean Mesquite

Trees in the landscape of your desert home add beauty, create shade, attract wildlife and increase value to your property. With the abundant sunshine here in Phoenix, the tree that once seemed to be the perfect addition to your yard may need to be removed. Although it may be a difficult decision, there are many reasons to consider it.

Reasons for Tree Removal

  • Dead or dying tree
  • Tree that requires too much maintenance or is too messy
  • Tree that have been damaged in a storm, such as struck by lightening
  • Tree is growing too close to power lines or buildings
  • Making room for other features such as a pool or BBQ
  • Water bill is too high
  • Making room for a new tree

Use a Professional for Your Tree Removal Project  

Removing a tree is a big project and must be done safely. Tree removal professionals who are licensed, bonded, and insured, have the necessary skills and equipment to handle the project. In these photos, Goodman’s Landscape Maintenance crew members are hard at work removing a large Chilean Mesquite tree. Note the special safety equipment used in the removal of the tree. The crew will also haul away and dispose of all debris.

Benefits of Low Voltage Landscape Lighting

You have made a significant investment in time and money keeping your home and landscape looking its best. Don’t let that hard work disappear from sight when the sun goes down. One of the most important elements of a landscape design, low voltage landscape lighting, makes a huge impact on the appearance and ambience of your yard. Installation of low voltage lighting is both beautiful and practical.

Here are just some of the benefits:


Outdoor lighting can add safety by illuminating walkways, patios, stairs, decks, gardens, pools and outdoor seating areas. It will also help to warn you of the presence of scorpions, snakes and javelinas. Your family and friends can enjoy your outdoor spaces at night and safely move through those spaces.


A well-lit landscape gives a feeling of care and involvement, discouraging burglaries and trespassing.


Your outdoor space is an extension of your living space. Create an inviting space to entertain family and friends by adding attractive lighting to enable use of your outdoor space at night.


Make your yard a showplace by highlighting areas of your landscape with decorative lighting Installing lighting in areas such as flower gardens, trees and cactus, plantings, BBQ’s, pools, and fountains can add beautiful accents to your outdoor space.

Curb Appeal

Give your home a wow factor by installing low voltage landscape lighting. Your home will
appear warm and inviting, giving your neighbors the impression that you care about your property and enhancing the value of your property.

Today’s lighting comes in a huge variety of applications including up lighting, down lighting, wall washing, path and driveway lighting, twinkle lights, hanging tree lights, stair lighting, BBQ lighting and spot lighting to name just a few! Landscape lighting fixture selections are nearly endless, and in today’s marketplace you also get to choose from traditional, or energy saving, long lasting LED lighting.

If you would like to explore adding outdoor lighting to your home, call Goodman’s Landscape, LLC. at (602) 861-1144.

Managing Your Olive Trees

Olive trees are a truly beautiful tree native to the Mediterranean that thrive here in the Phoenix area providing much needed shade. They are very hardy trees which are drought tolerant, disease and fire-resistant. They can grow nearly 30 feet tall and as wide.

olive treeOlive trees produce abundant fruit which is high in oil content and contains a staining pigment. As the fruit ripens, it falls to the ground, staining walkways and can be tracked indoors, ruining carpet and other surfaces. The olive tree flowers in the spring and many people are highly allergic to the pollen produced.

To avoid the mess and possible allergies, it is important to spray the olive trees with a growth regulator. To be most effective, the best time to spray the trees is beginning in January prior to the tree flowering, preventing both fruit and pollen production.

If you would like your Olive Trees sprayed this season, please contact us  at (602) 861-1144 or email


Why Should You Prune Your Roses in Winter?

roses-2011-02-01-lytle-rose-bush-cut-backsA rose bush that is not pruned will still continue to grow and bloom but its growth will not be as vigorous, stems will be shorter, and flowers smaller. The Arizona Rose Society recommends pruning back rose bushes by one third in September and by half in January. January pruning forces the rose bush into a short period of dormancy. This short period of dormancy stimulates new growth in spring and more flowers in summer.

Rose bushes pruned in January will have improved plant vigor, growth of new canes and higher quality, larger blooms. Pruning also helps to maintain the plant within the allocated space with enough space between bushes.

The most desirable bush form is a V or U with canes growing from the bud union or ground, rose-pink-tipupward and outward with a slightly open center.  Proper pruning includes removing all foliage on each bush, cutting out all spindly or crossing branches, and removal of dead wood to open the center of the bush so the sun reaches bud onions.

January is a good time to plant new rose bushes. Roses should also be fertilized this month. Give Goodman’s Landscape Maintenance a call at (602) 861-1144 and we can help with pruning and new rose bush installation.

Don’t worry! Pruning in January will result in roses blooming at the end of March into April and May.  The roses will come back lush and more beautiful than ever!

Goodman’s Landscape Volunteer Work at Copperwood Elementary

As a small landscaping company that was founded in Arizona in1984, we take pride in our local communities. Whenever possible, our employees enjoy giving a helping hand to those that need it both with our time and expertise.

Goodman's Landscape volunteers

A Goodman’s Landscape Maintenance crew member teaches volunteers the basics on how to install irrigation drip lines to the plants for the school’s habitat.

This project came into our office as a pro bono opportunity to help out a local school as well as teach the basics of landscape installation techniques. The job called for a tortoise habitat to be constructed in a corner of the playground of Copperwood Elementary School in Phoenix.

The design for this project was supplied by an employee of the school. Services such as labor and coordination were supplied both by volunteers and by Goodman’s Landscape.

Once on the jobsite, the first step in the project was for the landscape team to remove all grass from within the designed project area. The next task was to lay down trenching for irrigation and all other needed utilities such as electrical wiring. The trenches were cut with a Groundhog trencher.

Following the trenching came the boring for fence posts surrounding the project area. Plant material was then installed along with the tortoise habitat and features of the habitat.

Many techniques were employed, and many tools were used in this project besides the Groundhog trencher. These included a Bobcat loader, jackhammers, which were utilized mostly for compacted digging, and a plate compactor for foundation compacting surrounding the newly installed habitat.

Landscape renovation half way point

You can see the midway point in the development of the tortoise habitat. Included is a perimeter boarder which will keep tortoises from escaping and also will deter unwanted guests. A small water feature doubled as a water source as well as a place for the tortoises to escape the heat.

Plant material was supplied by local nurseries and irrigation supplies were donated by Horizon Distributors. Hurley Trucking provided the container to house all building supplies throughout the project build. ABC sand and gravel was donated by Granite Express. Lafarge pavers were supplied by Phoenix Pavers. Supplies such as wheelbarrows, shovels, picks, rakes and dig bars were all provided by city of Glendale, Ariz.

Once all the plant material had been installed, we were left with a few tasks. First we needed to bore holes that would act as the post housings for the surrounding chain link fence. Secondly, the crew had to lay down a nice layer of 1/4” minus Madison Gold that will keep the dust down and looks a little bit better than the ground that was exposed after the existing sod was removed.

All in all, this was an amazing opportunity and display of coordination by the volunteers that helped make this possible. All of us at Goodman’s are grateful for the opportunity to provide Copperwood Elementary School with our landscape renovation services.

If you have a project or sponsorship opportunity that you are looking for support from a local landscaping small business, please submit your information through the contact form.

Newest Irrigation and Lighting Truck Build

At Goodman’s Landscape Maintenance, LLC, we believe that an amazing job starts with amazing employees utilizing their skills to get the job done right! One skill, unique to Goodman’s is the ability to completely fabricate all of our company trucks in-house. We modify the truck’s springs to be able to support the added weight that a landscaping truck experiences on a daily basis. We also add the storage, paint, and decals to the trucks.

The latest member of the Goodman’s truck fleet is a new 2500 HD for our irrigation and lighting service and install techs. We stripped it down to the bare bones. The truck was then inspected by our shop manager for the initial inventory review. Once completed, the truck is then mocked for side storage and top rack storage which is either bought pre-made or fabricated right in our shop. After the side and stop rack storages have been installed, it’s time for Goodman’s blue to start being applied to the truck. Once the paint process is completed, decals and DOT inspections are applied. It is now time for this irrigation and lighting truck to get to work helping Phoenix, Arizona residents with any of their landscaping needs!

With over 28 years of experience from our irrigation and sprinkler services team, and the use of our new irrigation truck, there isn’t a job we can’t handle.

Give us a call today to learn more about how we can help you install a new irrigation and/or lighting system.

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Commercial Landscaping Services in Phoenix, AZ – Before and Afters

Goodman’s Landscape Maintenance, LLC. has been on the mission of beautifying Arizona since 1984. We don’t just provide landscaping services for residential customers, we also love to take care of the valley’s commercial properties. Whether your commercial property needs a new fresh look or regularly scheduled maintenance, we have the equipment, experience, and staff to get the job done right. We have an A+ BBB rating and we are commercially licensed, bonded, and insured (A-21 Commercial ROC #288206).

Check out a few before and after pictures of commercial landscaping projects we have done in Phoenix, Arizona and surrounding areas.

Biltmore Shores Project

This project required us to demo existing planter areas, 2,200 sq. ft. of grass, 180′ of concrete and 11 existing shrubs and trees. We then installed a custom irrigation system that included pop up sprinklers and drip valves for planter sections. We also installed 440 feet of concrete curbing, rocks/granite, and 16 landscape boulders.

phoenix commercial landscaping project


Hyatt Regency Project

This project required us to rebuild 7 openings and expand existing openings on the third floor of the hotel. We also had re-pour 170 sq. ft. of concrete, stucco, and re-shape 3 planter islands. View the entire album of this commercial property landscape redesign.

commercial landscape design


Cactus Christian Fellowship Church

We needed to demo, remove, and re-spread granite so we could trench and install approximately 25 feet of gas line to the fire pit location. We installed a custom fire pit with pavers and wall seating topped with flagstone. You can also see the front entrance wall seat we built.

commercial fire pit before and after


These are just a few examples of how Goodman’s Landscape can help you with your commercial property. Contact us today to setup a free estimate with one of our commercial landscape professionals. We are here to help!