- Change the watering schedule for the material on your landscape. Cooler temperatures and less sunlight allow the soil to stay moist for a longer period of time, which means you do not need to water as frequently. For more information on winter watering check out our Winter Watering 101 Guide.
- Do not water lawns at night as it can lead to fungal disease.
- Do not do any more major pruning to freeze sensitive varieties. Hacking or cutting away large portions will leave the tree exposed and susceptible to any potential frost damage for affected varieties.
- In the vegetable garden, plant artichokes, broccoli, lettuce, carrots, peas, and green onions.
- Pick out a freshly cut Noble Fir, Grand Fir, or Douglas Fir at any of our 11 Christmas Tree lot locations in the Valley.
Even though the spring season is a good time to plant, the winter season is the ideal time to plant new trees and shrubs. In the colder months, trees and shrubs convert their energy to root growth. Planting in the winter allows for a few month of root development. Once spring arrives, the tree or shrub that was planted in the winter will already have a very established root system. With the root system established, the tree or shrub will focus its energy on top growth. Trees and shrubs planted now will have ample time to grow a shade canopy before the summer heat arrives.
One of our favorite winter evergreen trees, the Brazilian Pepper thrives when it is allowed to take advantage of extended growth periods of winter planting. The Brazilian Pepper thrives in the desert and requires little care or maintenance once established. Its red colored peppers and dark green umbrella shaped foliage makes this a must have for any landscape.
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Prized for its ridiculous growth rate, the Tipu tree is a fantastic option for winter planting as the tree will establish its root system quicker. In the spring, the Tipu tree will put on a fabulous display of golden blooms mixed in with its layered canopy of shape. These trees absolutely thrive in the desert heat.
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Native to Arizona, this large and fast growing ash tree performs well in the cooler months as it prepares for explosive spring growth. The Arizona Ash is cold hardy, heat resistant, and provides maximum shade in the summer months.
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A top performing shade tree in the Southwestern U.S., the Chinese Elm is a cold hardy tree that flourishes in the spring when planted in the winter months. The Chinese Elm is also known as the “Evergreen Elm”. In very mild winters, Chinese Elms can retain their leaves throughout the season. In warmer months, the Chinese Elm boasts dark green foliage on an umbrella-shaped shade canopy.
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The Shamel Ash is the #1 selling winter ash variety that we carry. Planting this tree in the winter allows for a big perfect shade tree throughout the warmer months. The Shamel Ash is also very heat resistant and requires minimal pruning and maintenance.
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This desert beauty is becoming a popular choice for people seeking shade and fantastic color. Its spreading canopy of shade, is supported by blue-green sculpture like trunks that provide a stark contrast to just about any landscape. In the spring, breathtaking yellow flowers emerge and cover the entire tree. The Museum Palo Verde’s layered shade makes the tree look light in your yard while providing very cooling shade for your home.
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