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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.

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 customerservice@glmaz.com.

 

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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Install Artificial Grass in Your Phoenix, AZ Home’s Yard

Artificial turf was first used in the sporting world in order to help reduce the costs related to constantly maintaining natural grass. Not to mention that artificial grass is able to withstand the heavy use that sports routinely require. As you can imagine, homeowners across the nation began to become savvy of the time and cost savings that artificial grass and turf can provide. If maintaining yard and lawn were easy, we wouldn’t have been in business for the last 30 years!

Artificial grass has come a long way since the Astrodome fifty-years ago. Modern “third generation turf” now offers infill that are mixtures of sand and recycled rubber while the first generation turf was short-pile fibers without infill. Long story short, the first generation turf didn’t look or feel as good as modern artificial grass today.

Here are some examples of artificial grass and turf installations from the Phoenix, AZ area by Goodman’s Landscape.

artificial grass in backyard

Artificial Grass in Backyard

artificial putting green

Artificial Putting Green in Backyard

artificial turf in backyard

Artificial Grass Next to Pavers

phoenix, az artificial grass installation

Backyard Artificial Turf

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Desert Landscape with Artificial Grass and Turf

large artificial grass installation

Large Putting Green Installation

artificial grass and water feature

Artificial Putting Green with Water Feature

pet friendly artificial grass and turf

Pet Friendly Artificial Grass and Turf

Like anything else, there are both advantages and disadvantages to installing artificial turf over natural grass in Phoenix, AZ that every homeowner should consider before hiring a licensed, bonded, and insured artificial turf installer for their home.

Some pros of having artificial grass include: lower maintenance costs, saving time (no longer spend time mowing the lawn), pesticide-free, increased durability, and it saves water. Some cons of artificial grass in Phoenix, AZ include: the ground can get very hot because artificial turf absorbs heat, bacteria can breed, and once you install artificial grass it is hard to switch back to natural grass.

As always, we are here to help. Please contact us if you need a licensed, bonded, and insured landscaping company in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Phoenix, and Glendale to help you install artificial grass in your front or backyard.

 

Enjoy the Phoenix, Arizona Summer with a Custom Outdoor Kitchen and BBQ!

It will be summer in Phoenix before we know it. In Arizona, summer is the time of the year where people gather in backyards for barbecues and pool parties. Adding a custom outdoor kitchen and BBQ to your backyard is a great way to increase your home’s value and enhance the experience of entertaining your friends and family. No matter what size your backyard is, small or large; we have the experience to build the perfect entertainment area for your home.

We have been building custom outdoor kitchens and barbecues for Phoenix, Arizona residents since 1984, so we have quite a few examples available to look at. Check out a few of them below, but remember that we can build anything that your imagination can think of, so just ask and we can provide you with an estimate for your dream outdoor kitchen and BBQ.

Outdoor BBQ with small refrigerator
Let your patio provide the shade for your BBQ.
Small outdoor barbecue

Outdoor barbecue with sunshade and light
You don’t need to put your BBQ underneath your patio.
outdoor bbq with umbrella

Natural stone BBQ with large fireplace
Heat up with an adjacent fireplace when it gets chilly at night.
stone bbq with fireplace

Patio BBQ with tall bar
Have your friends and family relax while you fire up your new backyard grill.
custom patio bbq with fridge

Stainless steal Barbeque with natural stone and refrigerator
Pavers and blue title make this BBQ really stand out.
natural stone custom barbecue

Outdoor kitchen with stools, bench, and sink
Turn your backyard into the ultimate entertainment center.
outdoor kitchen with high table

Outdoor kitchen with title and stone
Large outdoor kitchen with everything you need to prepare a gourmet meal.

custom outdoor kitchen with faucet

Free standing custom outdoor kitchen
Enough room to prepare everything you need for the perfect BBQ.
large custom outdoor bbq

Storage and side burner outdoor BBQ and Kitchen area
Do you really need anything else? Two mini refrigerators stocked with refreshments and food.
large custom outdoor kitchen and bbq

 

How to pick the right setup for your home’s backyard

When we talk to homeowners in Arizona, they tend to ask similar questions. One of those questions is, “How do we pick the right BBQ or outdoor kitchen for us?” Well, every person’s expectations and backyards are unique. To find out what would work best for a particular homeowner, we first need to understand what the homeowners want to get out of the area. Do they entertain people often or do they rarely go in their backyard? How often do they grill right now? Depending on what those answers are, we can usually get a good understanding of what would be best for them. Sometimes a BBQ or outdoor kitchen is what they thought they wanted, but end up going with a water feature/fountain or fire pit instead.

How to you reduce the cost of a custom BBQ or kitchen

Just like anything else, we could design and install the most expensive BBQ/kitchen you could dream of. The final cost of your BBQ or outdoor kitchen will depend on cost of materials and how much time it takes to build. If you are trying to save money (who isn’t?!), then we would suggest choosing cheaper alternatives than really expensive materials. The cost of the stainless BBQ alone can easily be in the thousands. Don’t worry if you aren’t a BBQ master yet, our team can help you pick the perfect BBQ for your level of expertise and budget.

Secondly, we wouldn’t suggest adding certain accessories unless you know that you are going to use them. Eliminating unnecessary accessories can help reduce costs, which makes your investment less expensive.

For whatever type of outdoor BBQ or kitchen you are looking for, we can help you out. We would love to learn more about what you are looking to do with your backyard. We proudly provide landscape design in Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale, and more. Please contact us today to see if your home is within our landscape design service area! We look forward to earning your business.

Top 5 Landscape Lighting Issues for Arizona Homeowners

Adding outdoor lighting is a great way to make a well-designed landscape stand out even more. Not over doing landscape lighting is important because having too much lighting can be quite distracting. Highlighting only the right areas is all you need to really make your yard shine. When you add landscape lighting to any property, there will be added maintenance that is needed each year in order to keep it looking and working as nice as it did the day it was installed.

In no particular order, below is a list of the top 5 landscape lighting issues that Arizona homeowners we provide landscape maintenance for face each year.

1) Broken Landscape Lighting Bulb – Just like with your light bulbs in your home, the bulbs for your landscape lighting will last a certain number of hours. The longer the bulb is certified to last, the more expensive it typically will be.
broken landscape lighting bulb

2) Missing or Broken Light Fixture Cap – There are a variety of light fixtures available for landscape lighting. As time goes on, there is a high probability that a few of your fixtures may break, so having a couple of extras in storage is a great idea when you can’t find that hard to find part 5 years later.
MIssing light fixture cap

3) Lighting Transformer Meltdown – As landscape lighting transformers get older, they sometimes tend to be prone to melting in the Arizona heat. It is always a good idea to hire someone with the experience to handle these types of repairs.
Melted lighting transformer

4) Broken Well Lighting Fixture – Well lighting fixtures are great to put behind or in front of a tree because they are easy to angle. However, sometimes, rocks, and other things get stuck in them pretty much making them useless. It is best to take them out of the ground and take it a part to clear everything out.
Broken well light fixture

5) Deteriorated or Melted Landscaping Wire – Landscape lighting wire exposed to the Arizona elements can sometimes melt or simply deteriorate. Replace the wire with new wire and your lighting system should be back to working condition.
landscape lighting wire melted

If you run into any problems with your home’s landscape lighting or you are interested in getting an estimate on adding landscape lighting to your yard, don’t hesitate to give Goodman’s a call. We are here to help. We provide landscape services in Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale, Paradise Valley, and surrounding areas.

Top 17 Irrigation Problems Arizona Residents Face Each Year

As a full-service landscaping company in Phoenix, Arizona, we deal with all types of issues with our customer’s irrigation systems. We have an experienced staff that specializes in irrigation repair, so we get the job done right, the first time. Dealing with an irrigation expert like Goodman’s will help you save money in the long run because we don’t take short cuts when it comes to quality parts and our work. With our irrigation services, you know that your irrigation system will last the test of time.

Irrigation systems can be nice for Arizona residents because watering trees, plants, and a lawn with the right amount of water at the right time of day can be a challenge. The right amount of water depends on the type of plants you have. Making sure that you provide your plants with the correct quantity and frequency of water will help make sure your landscape stays beautiful. If your irrigation system isn’t working properly, then your plants aren’t going to last in the Arizona summer heat. Unfortunately, irrigation systems can sometimes be complex, so the typical homeowner could have difficulty troubleshooting problems themselves. In no particular order, check out the top 17 problems Arizona residents face each year with their irrigation systems. All of the pictures below are from irrigation problems that Goodman’s have corrected for our customers over the years.

1) Small leak in poly water line – leaks in poly water lines are fairly common, especially as your irrigation system ages. The picture below shows a line that is leaking underneath a palm tree, which makes it a bit more difficult to fix.
Small leak in Poly water line

2) Irrigation valve malfunction – depending on how long your irrigation valve is open and the amount of water that leaks, it could add quite a bit of money to your next water bill.
Irrigation valve malfunction

3) PVC pipe leaking – repairing a leak by patching it instead of replacing the pipe is the easier thing to do, but we recommend replacing the entire pipe so you don’t run into the same problem again down the road.
PVC Pipe leak

4) Broken sprinkler head – sprinkler heads can break because of a variety of reasons. The most common reasons are dogs, lawn mowers, people, and tree roots. Replace each sprinkler head as they break or you might find that your entire yard is full of broken sprinkler heads. Don’t worry, you can always call us, the sprinkler system repair experts to schedule an appointment.
Broken sprinkler head by roots

5) Old or deteriorated poly water line – As your system ages, make sure to inspect all of your lines for cracks and leaks. This will help prevent you running into a larger problem in the future.
Old poly water line

6) Tree roots pinching poly water line – this causes leaks and other nasty problems with your irrigation system. Running new lines to replace these are recommended.
Roots pinching poly water line

7) Old and deteriorated above grade valves – Inspecting your irrigation valves each year is recommended. If your system is quite old, it is probably time to change them instead of trying to repair them.
deteriorated above grade valves

8) Improper PVC pipe leak repair – this is an example of someone trying to repair a leak in a PVC pipe instead of replacing the entire pipe. Needless to say, their attempt didn’t work and the PVC pipe still had a slow leak.
Improper PVC repair

9) Broken irrigation timer module – the irrigation timer is the brain of your irrigation system so it needs to be maintained properly. If you have a broken timer, you have a broken system and you will need to replace the timer module.
Broken irrigation timer module

10) Valve box filled with water – making sure that you don’t have leaks in your valve box will help increase the life span of your entire irrigation system.
5-Valve-Box-Filled-With-Water-&-Debris

11) Broken lawn head because of roots – here is an example of a broken lawn head because of impeding tree roots. You need to first eliminate the tree roots and then replace or repair the lawn head.
broken lawn head because of roots

12) Broken valve diaphragm – rocks, pebbles, and other debris can get damage or break your valve diaphragms. Cleaning them out usually will fix the problem.
Broken Valve Diaphram

13) Debris in irrigation line – pebbles, rocks, and other debris can get into your irrigation line, which can cause flooding, and more. Cleaning them out regularly will help prevent any unwanted problems.
Debris in Irrigation Line

14) Clogged drip line – If your system isn’t running properly in certain areas, your lines might be clogged.
Clogged drip line

15) Debris clogging Y filter – Regularly cleaning out your Y filter will help maintain your irrigation system.
Debris clogging Y filter

16) Poorly installed irrigation component – There are quite a bit of examples of how-not-to install various irrigation components. This customer didn’t like how the vacuum breaker could be seen through the house’s window.
Poorly installed pressure vacuum breaker

17) Fungi growing in and on irrigation valves – this can happen when an irrigation system is neglected and not properly maintained each year.
Fungi growing on irrigation valves

Goodman’s Landscape is here to help!

Just like you take your car into a mechanic to get regular maintenance services, we recommend that you have a licensed irrigation expert inspect your irrigation system on a yearly basis to help prevent all of the irrigation problems above. It is better to catch the small problems and correct them right away before they turn into bigger problems later.

There is a wide range of irrigation systems available in today’s market and there is also plenty of ways to install them incorrectly. We are here to help. Give us a call to learn more about why Goodman’s Landscape Maintenance, LLC. has been a leading provider of irrigation system install and repair in Phoenix, AZ since 1984!

Palm Tree Pruning and Trimming in Phoenix, AZ

Palm trees are common in Phoenix, Arizona because they are beautiful and they grow well in our climate. There are over 2,000 palm tree species around the world (that are known). However, in Arizona we usually see only around 18 of them.

One draw back to having Palm Trees in your yard is the maintenance that they require in order to keep them healthy and looking beautiful. As you probably know, palm trees can easily get out of control when they are neglected. Their dead leaves begin to form a “skirt” that most homeowners find unattractive. Depending on what kind of palm tree you have in your yard will determine how difficult and how much maintenance they will require. Some palm trees can grow up to 100 feet tall, so we do not recommend that you try and trim them yourselves. As you can see in the before and after picture below, our professional palm tree trimming staff is able to help you with those really high palm trees that are out of reach for homeowners.Palm Tree Trimming Before and After

Below is another palm tree pruning before and after picture by the Goodman’s professional team. Although this palm tree is not as tall as the ones in the picture above, it is still tricky to trim because it is just high enough that a typical latter won’t be able to reach. Note: If you are trimming palm trees yourself, it is important to have gloves, safety goggles, and a helmet to protect your self from the spikes and falling debris (it gets quite messy).

Palm Tree Pruning Before and After

If you don’t plan on cutting the palm trees yourself, make sure that you hire a landscaping company that has the knowledge and expertise to trim your palm trees correctly. Palm trees that are pruned too often or improperly could lead to a reduce in their vigor, transmit diseases harmful to the tree, reduce the overall health, affect cold hardiness, and lower the ability for the tree to handle high winds in storms.

The next time you need your palm trees trimmed in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and surrounding areas please contact us to get a free estimate. There is no palm tree too high for us to climb. We look forward to hearing from you and earning your business.

December Plant and Critter of the Month

Plant of the Month – Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera bridgessil)

Christmas Cactus bloomingThis tropical hybrid traces it’s heritage back to the coastal regions of Brazil, where it’s parent’s are found growing between large tree limbs or in steep rock crevices that have collected debris.

Available in a wide variety of colors they come in red, purple, orange, pink, fuschia, cream as well as other colors.

Christmas Cactus FlowerThis plant requires indirect light (direct light will harm the plant), well drained soil and humidity to thrive. For the best results, place it where it will receive indirect light, but no light during the night (not even artificial light). Select a spot that meets its needs, and it will reward you for years to come!

planter bucketProper potting is similar to Orchids. The inner basket should be a type that allows the soil to absorb water from all sides (as pictured to the left) and allow for excellent drainage. The outer pot should be water tight, and allow some space around the inner pot. Put about 1 inch or more gravel or rock at the bottom of the outer pot so that the inner basket is not sitting directly on the bottom of the outer pot. To generate humidity, add water to about 1/2 the depth of the rock in the outer pot periodically. Use your finger to guage your watering schedule. If the top 1 inch of soil is dry, it’s time to water again. Do not water from the top, remove the inner pot and soak the plant so water absorbs evenly through soil.

In the right environment this tropical beauty can flower several times a year, but the key to getting it to bloom during the holiday season is to water less frequently. Also make sure it gets at least 12 hours of darkness (that means no natural or artificial light), and locate it in coolest spot in your home, but not near entry doors or where vents blow directly on it.

Christmas CactiAfter the holidays let it rest for about 30 days. Keep it in cooler temperatures, limit its water and make sure it gets its dark time. It is ok if it appears weak and loses a few leaves or joints during this period. Do not pinch back or shape until March or early April. Repot every 2 to 3 years in Feb, March or April, like it’s parents, this plant does the best growing in a confined space with good drainage. With proper care, this plant is long lived and can be handed down from generation to generation.

Critter of the Month – Northern Cardinal

Male Cardinalfemale cardinalThese birds do not migrate, and the female cardinal is one of the few female North American birds who actually vocalize in song. Most female North American birds do not sing. Their main food source is seeds and fruit, however they do supplement their diet with insects. The male is extremely territorial, but never more so then during mating time. He will even fight his reflection in a window for hours on end! The most common sound Cardinals are identified by is a metallic sounding “chip”. However, if you listen, you may also be privileged to hear clear, slurred whistled phrases of several phrase types which male and female combine into different songs.