Monthly Archives: February 2017

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

Planting:

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

Watering:

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.

Fertilizing:

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.

Pruning:

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:

Safety

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.

Security

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

Comfort

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.

Style

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.