October Tree Care Tips for Trees and Specific Palms in Phoenix

October Tree Care Tips for Trees and Specific Palms in Phoenix

October in Phoenix is a transitional time, presenting the perfect window to care for trees and specific types of palms. Let’s delve deeper into tailored tree care, focusing on the nuances between the King Palm, Queen Palm, and other common palms in Arizona:

General Autumn Tree Care

Deep Watering Ensure trees receive water deep into the roots. This encourages deeper root growth, providing a buffer during drier periods.

Pruning: For deciduous trees, October's leaf shedding provides a clearer view for precise pruning, allowing you to remove damaged branches easily.

Pest Check: Examine trees for pest infestations. Discolored leaves, bark holes, or sap residue can be indicators.

Soil Enrichment: Refresh soil around your trees with organic compost to provide essential nutrients.

Palm Tree Specific Care:

1. King Palm (Archontophoenix cunninghamiana)

Watering: King Palms prefer consistent moisture. In October, keep the soil evenly moist but not waterlogged.

Fertilizing: Use a controlled-release palm fertilizer that's rich in potassium and magnesium. This prevents the older leaves from turning yellow.

Cold Sensitivity: King Palms are sensitive to cold. Consider using trunk wraps or frost cloths on particularly chilly nights.

2. Queen Palm (Syagrus romanzoffiana)

Watering Queen Palms, like King Palms, thrive in consistently moist soil. Check regularly to ensure the soil doesn’t dry out.

Fertilizing: Queen Palms show magnesium and potassium deficiencies more clearly with necrotic or frizzled-looking older leaves. Use a balanced palm fertilizer to address this.

Pruning: Only remove brown fronds. It’s essential to avoid over-pruning, which can harm the tree.

3. Other Common Palms in Arizona

Date Palms (Phoenix dactylifera): Date palms have deep roots and prefer less frequent, deep watering. Protect the fruit stalks from birds and pests.

Mediterranean Fan Palm (Chamaerops humilis): This palm is drought-tolerant. In October, reduce watering frequency. It’s also more cold-hardy than many other palms.

Mexican Fan Palm (Washingtonia robusta): These tall palms are relatively drought-tolerant. Water deeply but less frequently. Prune dead fronds that tend to hang downwards.


Caring for trees and specific palm varieties in October involves understanding the unique needs of each species. The distinctions between King Palms, Queen Palms, and other common palms in Arizona are vital for ensuring your Phoenix landscape remains vibrant.

If you're considering professional tree and palm care this October, Goodman’s Landscape offers specialized services for various species, ensuring tailored care. Reach out today!