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17 May 2019
How Much Does Palm Tree Removal Cost?

How Much Does Palm Tree Removal Cost?

The average cost of palm tree removal is $825. Palm tree removal costs ranged from $150 to $1,500 in the US for 2019 according to homeadvisor.

Palm Tree Removal Cost

Palm tree removal costs are determined on many different factors, but the biggest indicator of the price you will pay is how tall the tree is! As when it comes to removing a tree, the height of the tree has a significant impact on how much you will pay:

  • The average palm tree removal cost for a tree up to 30 feet tall is $215. Palm tree removal cost for up to a 30 feet tall tree ranged from $108 to $322 in 2019.
  • The average palm tree removal cost for 30-60 foot tall tree is $429. Palm tree removal cost for a 30-60 foot tall tree ranged from $179 to $679 2019.
  • The average palm tree removal cost for a 60-80 foot tall tree is $536. Palm tree removal cost for up to a 60-80 foot tall tree ranged from $286 to $786 in 2019.
  • The average palm tree removal cost for an 80-100 foot tall tree is $928. Palm tree removal cost for up to an 80-100 foot tall tree ranged from $786 to $1,170 or more in 2019.

These prices typically include cutting the palm tree down into a small stump. But in some cases, they may also add the cutting up of the trunk into smaller pieces, though you might have to pay extra for that.

Palm Tree Considerations Cost

Take into consideration that some extra services can add to the total cost of the removal of your palm tree, including:

Hauling The Trunk Away– You could pay up to $250 more to have the trunk sections hauled away as well.

Mileage Factors – Normally, there are charges for travel and mileage when palm tree removal services are located outside of the service area.

Roping Down the Palm Tree – It will significantly add to the total if the palm tree grows to close to a building or other obstacles such as power lines, it will need to be roped down into sections.

Palm Tree Stump Removal – You might have to pay an additional $74 to $215 if you want the stump to be ground down or removed.

Trying to remove a palm tree or even cutting it down is dangerous for yourself and others. That is why, regardless of the high costs, it is totally worth it to have palm tree removal done by a professional arborist or tree removal cost. Simply trimming a palm tree can be dangerous and runs the risk of the tree suffering and maybe dying due to incorrect trimming methods.

Cost Of Palm Tree Removal By Size

Read below to find out the average costs you can anticipate to pay for palm tree removal by their sizes. If there are special circumstances that will make the removal difficult, like the lack of space.

  • The average small palm tree (15 feet) removal cost is $125. The average small palm tree removal cost ranged from $108 to $142 in 2019. Adding special circumstances up to $215.
  • The average medium palm tree (15-24 feet) removal cost is $215. The average medium tree palm removal cost ranged from $179 to $250 in 2019. Adding special circumstances up to $322.
  • The average large palm tree (24-36 feet) removal cost is $393. The average medium palm tree removal cost ranged from $356 to $428 in 2019. Adding special circumstances in excess of $430.

Palm Tree Removal Cost Factors

Size Of The Palm Tree: It’s not only how tall the tree is, but the girth of the palm tree to be removed has a big impact on how much you will pay. The larger the trunk, the more expensive its removal becomes.

Location And Accessibility: Access to the tree is a huge factor when determining removal costs. It takes more manpower to remove the tree, especially if the tree is in the back yard and there is no vehicle access to the rear of the property. Conversely, a tree with a lot of space around it is going to be cheaper.

The Number Of Trees: You can obtain additional value if you have a lot of trees that need to be removed.

Stump Removal: Palm tree stumps are quite soft so it typically will not cost more than $50 for palm tree stump removal. Larger palm tree stumps (larger than 15 inches) may cost more.

Palm Tree Removal Scottsdale

Liberty Tree Experts offers palm tree removal in Scottsdale, Arizona. If you are a homeowner in the Scottsdale area our team of trained, licensed, are insured tree cutting professionals that are knowledgable in palm tree removal. Each one of our technicians understands safe tree removal and cutting protocols and will get the job done quickly and safely. Call us at 480-481-1815 to schedule an appointment or for more information.

17 Apr 2019
How Much Does Tree Removal Cost?

How Much Does Tree Removal Cost?

The average cost of tree removal is about $825. In 2019, the cost to remove a tree ranged from $150 to $1500. Tree removal price factors depend on the height, size, condition, and location of the tree.  The cheapest tree removal cost is around $150 and is common in fallen tree removal jobs.

  • Small Tree Removal Cost: $327.50
  • Medium Tree Removal Cost: $630
  • Large Tree Removal Cost: $1,250
  • Pine Tree Removal Cost: $850
  • Oak Tree Removal Cost: $600
  • Fallen Tree Removal Cost: $112.50
  • Palm Tree Removal Cost: $825
  • Tree Stump Grinding Cost: $537.50
  • Tree Stump Removal Cost: $410
  • Tree Branch & Limb Removal Cost: $250

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17 Dec 2018
Tree Stump Removal & Grinding Cost

How Much Does Tree Stump Grinding & Removal Cost?

The average cost of tree stump removal is $298 according to HomeAdvisor. In 2018-2019 tree stump removal costs ranged from $162-$473.

How Much Does Stump Grinding Cost?

Stump grinding is the most effective way to remove a tree stump. The average cost of stump grinding is $298. Stump grinding costs are based on several factors including size, time, quantity, root system and cleanup.

How Much Does Stump Grinding Cost Per Inch?

Stump grinding costs about $3 per inch depending on the stump removal company.

How Much Does Stump Grinding Cost Per Hour?

Stump grinding costs about $150 per hour.

How Much Does Tree Root Removal Cost?

Root removal costs about $150 per hour.

How Much Does Stump Removal Cost In Arizona?

The average cost of stump removal in Arizona is $300. However, this is only an estimate. To get an actual quote for your stump removal, contact Liberty Tree Experts today! Liberty Tree Experts is a professional tree removal and stump removal company in Scottsdale offering affordable tree stump removal and grinding services.

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How Much Does Palm Tree Trimming Cost?

19 Jan 2018
How To Trim A Tree - Large or Small

How To Trim A Tree

This guide will teach you how to trim a tree properly, big or small! Learn why trees should be pruned, the best time of year to prune them and steps to prune your trees properly.

When Is The Best Time To Trim or Prune Your Trees?

Fall or winter time is the best time to trim, prune or cutback your trees.

One of the major reasons is because most of the leaves are already gone from the tree, so you can see the scaffolding branches of the tree and also visually inspect some of the non essential branches.

Fall or winter time weather also helps prevent spreading of pathogens and insect investigations in some of the pruning cuts you will be making in the tree.

Why Trim Your Trees?

The biggest reason to prune your trees is to eliminate dead, or diseased or broken branches on the tree. There are many other great reasons to prune your trees including:

  1. For the trees health
  2. Safety for people below the tree
  3. To allow wind and light to penetrate throught the canopy
  4. Create elevation or clearance around structures
  5. To allow for better flower or fruit production

Tree Pruning Safety Tips

  • Use a rope and saddle
  • Wear a hard hat & safety glasses
  • Do not try this at home
  • If the limbs you would like to have pruned cannot be reached from the ground, please call and hire a licensed arborist
  • If the tree limbs are within range of utility wires, please call your power company first and have them come out and do the work

Tools You will Need For This Tree Trimming Project

Tree Pruning Tools You Will Need For This Project

Here are a few tools you are going to need to start this project:

  • Hard Hat
  • Tree Trimming Saddle
  • Rope
  • Safety Glass
  • Tree Trimming Saw

Which Limbs or Branches Do I Need To Trim?

Trim tree limbs that have dead, diseased or broken branches. Also be sure to identify and remove and suckers and water spouts.

Tree Pruning Tips

  1. Look for a strong leader and examine the branch and structure of the tree
  2. Directional prune to tree to make sure it maintains a strong healthy shape

How To Trim A Tree Properly

*Important: Far too often people make only 1 cut up against the tree trunk which results in the heavy limb tearing or ripping the bark at the trunk.

Here is how to trim your tree properly using the best tree cutting method; the 3 point cut!

Step 1. Start By Undercutting The Tree

Come out a little further from the tree, about a 1 foot or so depending on how large the tree limb is, then make your undercut first.

Step 1 - Start By Undercutting The Tree

Step 2. Make Your 2nd Cut 3 Inches Away From The 1st

Then come out about 3 inches away from your 1st cut and make a top cut. This way the branch will fall off cleanly and there is no chance of ripping or tearing at the trunk.

Step 2 - Next Move 3 Inches Away And Make Your Top Cut

Step 3. Make Your Final Cut Near The Trunk

Finally, come back and cut off the remaining stub right next to the trunk to make you third and final cut. Hold on to the stub while you make the cut to avoid any other potential damage.

Step 3 - Make Your Final Cut Right Next To The Trunk

*Important: Make sure you make the cut in the area called the branch bark bridge to allow for optimum healing after the pruning cut has been made

Conclusion

Proper tree pruning is not as easy as it may seem so if you have any concerns or questions, feel free to contact a licensed arborist. Liberty Tree Experts is Phoenix Metropolitan’s premier tree trimming company offering professional services for residential and commercial tree service customers.

16 Aug 2017
Palm Tree Trimming Costs - Small Medium & Large

How Much Does Palm Tree Trimming Cost?

Palm Tree Trimming Costs - Small Medium & Large

If you are searching for “How Much Does Palm Tree Trimming Cost?“, this post should help.

How Much Does Palm Tree Trimming Cost?

The health, shape and size of the palm tree all have an impact on how much they cost to trim. Trees that are well managed and trimmed on a regular basis will cost less than a palm tree that never gets trimmed.

Small Palm Tree Trimming Cost

Small palm trees that are 30′ or shorter cost $75 to $400.

Medium Palm Tree Trimming Cost

Palm trees that are between 31′ to 59′ cost $130 to $800

Large Palm Tree Trimming Cost

Large palm trees that are 60′ or larger cost $200 to $1,200

Receive A Free Palm Tree Trimming Cost Quote

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06 Apr 2017
How To Choose A Tree Service

How To Choose a Tree Service

Being in this business for more than eight years, I have some of an insider’s perspective of the tree care industry. Besides our own little tree business being a success, we have been a climber for around twenty different companies. There are some that have said “we bounce.” We are sort of mercenary tree guys. I have had a great opportunity to travel and have gained my experience in climbing while in Arizona, Hawaii, and California. While Arizona has many huge trees, Hawaii and California have a lot more of them.

The following are some thoughts about choosing a tree company:

However, I would first like to clear-up the myth regarding ‘Certified Arborist’. I am also a Certified Arborist, and I take a bit of pride in that. However, it doesn’t mean much when it is merely a code word for a ‘salesman’. The lion has his share of tree work, which is accomplished without anyone being a Certified Arborist. Somebody may argue that the person with the clipboard, in this case, “the arborist,” who has had some training regarding the “non-arborist,” which is allowing them to produce a better product. However, this is not usually the case, and what’s more, difficult to verify. Furthermore, they may not have ever had any training. Of course, the end result is beneficial to having a Certified Arborist around during the time the job is being performed. Whether or not a company has a Certified Arborist does not matter if they are not made available to the customers.

The main point here is on whether or not a salesman (arborist) can speak in the same language as the non-arborist does. In some instances, the language barrier among the English and Spanish speaking is very devastating.

I can speak Spanish, but it is still difficult for me to communicate the technical details which are critical for safe tree work. I am on the side of the workers who speak Spanish on this issue for they would be the ones to get hurt when their training is not up to par. There should also be English speaking workers.

Picking up a phone book and deciding on calling a tree service just because they have an advertisement that is large and colorful could have hidden risks involved. In fact, most companies with strong ethics and good customer satisfaction will hardly ever advertise. This does not mean to rule out the larger ads, just to be certain they include more significant criteria that is used in which one tree service you decide on. The Better Business Bureau has been traditionally known as a resource for customers to find out if a business has a good or bad reputation, in fact, there is one member of the tree service that I am aware of that has shown up at the Better Business Bureau to have had 39 complaints in only the last 36 months. Now that is a lot of service calls, however, our company shows “0 complaints.”

Of course, there are many other companies that also have an excellent track record. At this time, the best available resource for consumers is Angieslist.com and Yelp. I also think that it is currently or temporarily free for you to join. They provide a ton of information regarding local services and service providers, which range from roofers to computer repair and tree services. Anyone that is lacking in ethics will not be able to outwit Yelp or Angieslist.com easily, and they are able to catch anyone who tries and make you pay dearly.

Here is where I am to take the time to cover hard sells

Everyone feels that car salesmen can be pushy. Should you invite someone into your home and they begin pressuring you to make a decision now, to sign now, and “we are only able to do this for you if it happens now,” this gives you the moral obligation to show them to your front door. In other words, never support a business which is only concerned is with their best interest. Do not rush when choosing a salesman (arborist), and when you find one that is concerned with your interests, never let’em go.

By listing the following steps, I will be recapping this essay:

  1. The estimates that you get need to be from the International Society of Arboriculture for an certified Arborist.
  2. Make certain that a Certified Arborist has been the one who has trained the one’s to perform work or you.
  3. Be certain that the Certified Arborist is able to communicate efficiently with the other workers.
  4. Take time to search with Angieslist.com, arizonabbb.org, and Yelp.

This type of research should not have to be performed often. Once you locate a company that you like, hang on to them.

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06 Apr 2017
Why Topping Trees Hurts

WHY TOPPING HURTS TREES

When it comes to trees, topping is considered the worst thing to do. While in Hawaii, companies that would top trees would have customers asking if the tree topping was necessary and if it had to be so drastic. Because of no longer working for this particular company, I have the ability of being more honest and less evasive by saying, no. While topping the beautiful trees, it never felt comfortable, because it was causing a bunch of irreparable damages.

The truth is, there is rarely a situation that requires a tree topping. For instance, one of the exceptions is when the tree has naturally died, such as with frost damages which is more common with ficus trees. There are many who are simply scared of the large growth of their trees, requesting them to be topped.

Living within shadows of a giant tree can be intimidating for some. However, trees that have been topped are the most dangerous trees. This is because topping a tree, suckers growing from the ends of a cut will grow quickly. Typically, a topped tree will recover its height in less than 5 years from the tree topping. Generally, faster growth means weaker growth, while the opposite is true too. Suckers that grow frantically, are much weaker.

There are other factors contributing to the tendency of a sucker shedding, such as new growth only being able to attach to the outer section of a branch. Therefore, normal branches have formed a type of root within the trunk.

The larger the branch and trunk, the larger this attachment will be. When suckers begin forming on the outer part of a trunk, it results in a poor attachment, increasing the risk of failure. Storm damage and a trees capacity to withstand it is one of the most over-estimated factors.

There have been situations where an 80-foot high Eucalyptus tree has directly fallen on a house, but caused no structural damages. Although, I have witnessed properly thinned trees never falling over. The tree height, in my opinion, is a small factor associated with the tendency of trees falling over during a micro burst. Usually, it is thicker, overgrown trees that create more surface area and fall over.

What can be done if a tree was already topped?

The term “Crown Restoration” should be an area a professional arborist should be familiar with in the tree industry. Once a tree has been topped, an arborist with experience can try to elevate or repair damages. Generally, after topping, between 5 to 8 suckers try to become the dominant sucker at the top of a tree topping. Certain trees will attempt to self-heal by causing weaker suckers to fall, leaving only the strongest. However, there are safer ways to go about it.

The full process for repairing topped trees can take between 3 to 5 years. It requires a selective thinning of the growing suckers. For instance, the first year two suckers are removed. Year two, remove another two suckers, etc.

When finished, a repaired tree will have a single sucker with a thicker trunk. With time, a stronger attachment will develop between trunk and sucker. The number of pruning’s required to reach the final result will depend on different factors.

Additionally, around the time the crown restoration feels like it is finished, the height may need to be reduced using proper cutting reduction. Therefore, you should not allow anyone to conduct a tree topping on your trees. It is necessary as a consumer to understand the appearance of a nice cut, allowing you to make an informed decision about who you have working on your trees. There are numerous companies advertising ‘Tree topping’ services, you should be cautious when seeing this.

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06 Apr 2017

How To Show Your Trees You Love Them

This happens to be an article that will outline some of the best ways that you can keep your trees growing, happy and healthy.

The first thing that needs to be understood is just how much water will be needed. To make it simpler let’s classify the trees into two categories: desert trees and everything else. In low desert environments, a desert tree like the Palo Verde or Mesquite will not really need additional water other than natural rainfall. When you first plant a desert tree, it is helpful to supplement the natural rainfall with irrigation for the first summer, as this helps them to recover from shock when being planted outside of the container. Beware of planting any desert trees into maintained, lush lawns as extremely chaotic and rapid growth can happen. I have had a client who had to have Mesquite trees trimmed 3 times a year because they were planted in her lawn area, which gets frequent shallow watering. Mesquites that are planted in a lawn area will be some of the fastest growing trees, but the rapid growth is brushy and weak.

For everything else that is not a desert tree, there will be a simple formula when it comes to planting an established tree: simply water them 2 to 3 times per month during the summer and 1 time during winter. If you will keep an eye on the tree, then you happen to notice wilted leaves then it is past time to water. Once or twice a month doesn’t really seem to be enough. It is as long as the trees are getting plenty of water each time. A really great way to water a tree is to turn your water hose on the lowest setting on an uphill part and walk away for about 4 to 6 hours. It will give enough water to soak into the ground around the tree for about 3 feet deep. This is vital as it helps to flush salts and other types of chemicals that can make poor soil, below the root level where the absorption happens. Deep watering also helps to encourage the roots to grow deeper. Roots will not grow there is barely any water, there will not be anything for them. The worth thing for a tree is daily, shallow watering like what happens to an average lawn. A tree that grows in a lawn that has constant access to shallow water is very likely to blow over during a storm because the roots are not deep enough to deal with heavy winds. Basically, the tree roots are like ropes that will anchor the heavy trunk and the canopy.

The next thing that you need to worry about is the quality of soil. There’s a myth that states that soil quality has to make up of the soil. For some cases this could be true, but just like with any case dealing with sandy soils it will not hold water. In most cases, all soil issues can be fixed with adding a magic ingredient. That is organic matter. Whenever a person takes a handful of black, rich soil and say, “this is the soil from the Gods” or something like that, what they are saying is that the dirt has a lot of decayed organic matter that will allow plants to grow really well. Good soil just doesn’t happen on accident. It is created through the constant addition of water which causes growth of microbes and the addition to organic materials which is a natural byproduct of decaying plant matter. So, if you happen to have bad soil, then you can fix it by adding some mulch and water. Another alternative or supplement to adding mulch is to plant some nitrogen fixing plants like clover, legumes or buckwheat. These are some magic bean type of plants that can absorb nitrogen from the air. Whenever they die, they are releasing nitrogen into the soil. A cheap source of organic material is that the wood chips from the tree services. Be prepared because if a tree service brings you a load of wood chips, it could be more than you expected or more than you can handle. You will need to spend Saturday hauling them into your backyard. It isn’t needed or advised to work the wood chips into the soil. Just adding 4 to 6 inches of wood chips is a great way to do it. Adding a surface layer of wood chips will be able to retain water. It is estimated that mulched trees will use less water than those trees that have their soil exposed to the air. It is amazing that when you dig under the mulch and find worms and water and even decaying matter, if the tree hasn’t been watered in a month with the Arizona heat blazing. You can be surprised at just how quickly that the mulch will disappear. There is an unproven theory that states worm castings that cover the chips are what will cause the wood chips to disappear and be added into the soil below. Whatever the reason is, you will need to reapply the wood chips yearly to get the best results.

If you can’t leave a lot of mulch on the ground, then the next best thing is to use fertilizer. There is a lot of hype about how awesome deep root fertilization is, but it doesn’t mean that shallow fertilization isn’t as effective. If the fertilizer is water soluble, which more are, then the fertilizer is carried to the roots through the water. It just makes sense that the fertilizer will dissolve in the water and then make its way to the roots. Deep root feeders are just a way to make fertilization cost effective as more trees can be fed this way instead of spreading fertilizer above ground.

The big debate of inorganic versus organic is a pretty tiring one and it is easy to admit that most people don’t feel strongly about it either way, especially when it comes to shade trees that are not producing edible fruit. Instinctually stating that organic is better and less harsh than something that comes from a pit mine, is true. Organic fertilizer has more of a variety of micronutrients and will tend to have a slow release when compared to the synthetic fertilizers which are easily available and rapidly washed out of the soil. Organic fertilizers are often what a person wants. There are not a lot of people out there that will ask for inorganic fertilizers where many people want organic and that is what they get.

The very last thing to say is that you need to keep an eye on your trees. Often times I will be asked to consult on trees that are really declining, but the change happened so slowly that the homeowner did not even notice it. A casual glace at it once a month or so can help to solve some of the issues before they get too serious. If you are noticing a lot of dead branches or notice that the leaves are turning yellow, it could be a sign that your tree needs to be fertilized or it is time to change your watering schedule.

Good Luck nursing your trees in growth.

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06 Apr 2017

Fast Growing Trees of Arizona

The French author of ‘The Little Prince’ Antoine St. Exupery, notes: “It is too much to expect to sit in a shade of an oak this evening when you only planted the acorn this morning.”

As the manager of an Arizona tree company over the last several years, just the idea of a tree that grows rapidly gives off a little bit of a negative picture. Born and raised up in the Tempe/Mesa area, where my paternal family are natives of Arizona going back several generations. In learning more of the urban sprawl which has characterized this general area, and also by personally witnessing all of it during my lifetime still leaves my mouth with a bad taste. With that said, if I were asked which of the palm trees grows most rapidly, the first thing that would come to mind would if their main intention is in quickly boosting the value of their property. It’s natural that a landscaped yard that includes full grown trees is going to increase the value of one’s property. It seems that people never live in the same place as long as they once did, which makes it difficult to believe they ever devoted much time (if any) into the trees they had in their yard, not even to benefit from a future buyer. Now a day’s, it seems that having a “Heritage Tree” is now only a myth.

However, planting trees that will grow rapidly is not just motivated by the property’s value, it can also be for the gift of shade. It was Warren Buffet that once noted, “It has been noted by Warren Buffet that, “Today, someone was able to be under a shade due to another planting a tree in their past.” It is only natural that one would want to have a little shade when they live where there is only the climate a desert gives to you. It is also natural that they would want this shade as quickly as possible. As far as growth rate goes, there was this article about the ‘Arbor Day Foundation’ website which stated, “Species that tend to grow the slowest, also tend to live the longest.” There seems to be some sort of natural compromise in this saying. Below, there are several trees listed that were taken from the Houston Chronicle’s published article which the author warns people that, “It is crucial to gather as much information on the tree you are planning on planting beforehand, as many of these types of palms that are fast growers are later on going to be trouble later on. The wood could be weak, making them prone to getting diseases and infested with insects. However, there are a few exceptions, so be sure to gather all the information available before you plant.”

Below is a list of fast growing trees, with the first couple listed being the most appropriate for the Phoenix, Arizona’s climate and the areas soil conditions.

The following are examples for the trees which are known to be fast growers:

  • The varieties of Palo Verde, the (genus: Cercidium), the variety that is one off the faster to grow is the Sonoran Palo Verde, and also the Hybrid Palo Verde’s, like the desert museum or the Sonoran Emerald Palo Verde.
  • The different varieties of the Mesquite: With the one to grow the fastest being the Argentine Mesquite (Prosopis Alba).
  • The Desert Willow (Chilopsis Linearis).
  • The Chinese Elm (Ulmus Parvifolia).
  • The Drummond red maple (Acer Rubrum Drummondii).
  • The Montezuma cypress (Taxodium Mucronatum).
  • The Green ash (Fraxinus Pennsylvanica).
  • The Arizona ash (Fraxinus Velutina).
  • The Mexican sycamore (Platanus Mexicana).
  • The Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia Glyptostroboides).
  • The Monterrey oak (Quercus Polymorpha).
  • The Chinese Parasol tree (Firmiana Simplex).
  • The Paulownia varieties, which includes the Paulownia Tomentosa, Paulownia Kawakamii, etc., Other examples of the common names are: The Chinese Empress tree, Japanese Pagoda tree, Sapphire Dragon tree, and Miracle tree; all grow fast.
  • The Cherry Laurel (Prunus Caroliniana).

Alternatively, several examples of the slower growing trees grown around the Phoenix, Arizona area are as follows: The Live Oak, Mangosteen, Desert Ironwood, and the Chinese Pistache. In fact, there are many more, with all of them having their advantages and disadvantages, it all depends on what it is you have planned for your yard. I do hope that this article on Arizona’s fastest growing trees has been beneficial to you in one way or another. If you received nothing out of this article, at least hope that you now understand how important it is to research before buying a planting your new trees. It’s always best to know a head of time what it is your looking for and what your expecting from it, in order to be successful. Now that it has all been summed up, I will end with an old Chinese proverb: “The best time to have planted a tree would have been about twenty years before now. However, your second-best time would be now.”

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06 Apr 2017

When & How to Trim Citrus Trees in Arizona

 was taught the Five C’s of Arizona when attending Elementary school in Tempe, AZ. These were: Cattle, Copper, Citrus, Climate, and Cotton. This article focuses on the fourth factor in the list, climate. While the climate in Arizona is great for citrus tree growing, not everyone understands how to properly care for these trees. One of the largest and most common mistakes made, is knowing when and how to prune a citrus tree. While many stress over ‘when’ to prune a citrus tree, this is not the most significant question. There are some citrus trees that may never need trimmed. The real question may be ‘why should citrus trees not be trimmed?”

Why Citrus Trees Should NOT Be Trimmed

A garden expert with The Arizona Republic was asked by a Valley resident at what time her citrus trees should be trimmed, part of the response included “Homeowners often trim for appearance, but do not realize citrus trees are actually a bush with naturally low growing branches. This is the natural method for protecting bark and fruit…”.

People that drive by the old groves in East Mesa may see old citrus trees and consider them to be overgrown shrubs. It is a common misconception that trimming citrus trees is the same as another tree type, and can cause a shorter citrus tree lifespan in Phoenix.

For this reason, I prefer readers to begin asking ‘why’. What is the reason for trimming the citrus tree? This should be asked prior to ‘when’ citrus trees should be pruned. The overall health of the citrus tree should be considered whether the goal is fruit production optimizing, or just making it appealing to the landscape.

How to Trim a Citrus Tree

When trimming/pruning citrus trees, even at the optimal periods, it should be minimal. It was stated by ‘The Garden Guy’, Dave Owens that “Citrus trees prefer to grow naturally without trimming. The more deadwood and foliage, the better protection from the sun.”

Also, John Begeman, also an Arizona garden expert indicated “The more leaves a citrus tree has, the more fruit and better taste.” In addition, he recommended only pruning “If you must, and only with correct technique”.

A 1987 article from Lowell F. True outlined that while some trimming could be required, but the best approach is to leave low hanging branches, referred to as a ‘skirt’. If trimmed, it should only be enough to provide easier fertilizing and watering. Trimming of errant branches can be done, especially when rubbing against other branches. Meanwhile, the tree’s silhouette created by outer foliage can be ‘shaped’ for appearances, but proper techniques and care should be taken to avoid allowing too much bark to be exposed to sunlight.

There is a single pruning technique that should be used, no matter the time of year, even more important if citrus trees are maintained for fruit. This technique is known as removal of sucker growth. Also referred to as ‘water sprouts’, these suckers sprout out the tree trunk and sometimes the roots. While a layman might find it necessary from desire or intuition towards making the citrus tree more appealing, there are good reasons behind this. It was said by True to “Ensure all suckers are eliminated when developing under the bud union (site of grafting). These are rootstock variety which do not bear an edible fruit. If allowed to develop, suckers take control it will cause your edible fruit to revert into an undesired variety.”

A significant ‘when’ associated with pruning includes limbs which were killed by frost. These should not be removed until after the spring growth has begun, this way you’re sure how bad damage is.

When to Trim Citrus Trees in Arizona

Spring is the optimal time for trimming citrus trees. If they are trimmed between the middle of March to early May, it reduces the risk of the tree being damaged by extreme temperatures. The citrus fruit is ripened during late fall, with most varieties coming in between November to February. It is acceptable to do minimal pruning through this period.

During summer there is risk of heat damage, while winter can cause danger from frost. Citrus trees a very sensitive when it comes to sun damage, especially in the hottest months and days in Arizona heat. If your citrus tree is not properly shaded through the afternoon, any bare branches or trunks will need wrapping or painted (aka. Whitewashed) to add protection from the sun. The areas exposed to direct sunlight in the afternoon are the most vulnerable, these will be on the Southwestern sides. This is the reason over pruning your citrus trees should be avoided. Any branches in direct sun will be burnt, while direct sunlight exposure to the trunk can fully kill the tree.

These are the reasons I emphasize the importance of knowing how and why to trim citrus trees, instead of when you should trim citrus trees. The key factor for when to trim, is the sunlight. The key factor for how to trim a citrus tree is keep it minimal. After all, they are all simply large bushes.

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