How to Properly Care for Tipu in Your Landscape
The Tipu tree is a wonderful addition to any landscape or yard and offers enormous shade to any area that it is planted. The large shade canopy that is created from this tree is ideal for desert climates and hot temperatures. The Tipu grows thick enough to keep the sun from coming through the foliage and broad enough to shade large amounts of your landscape. They will also add color when the flowers bloom in late spring/early summer. A Tipu tree will look great as part of a tropical landscape or featured plant but it can be useful and still look good in a wide range of landscape settings.
How to Water Your Tipu
Newly Planted: The Tipu requires deep watering when it is first planted. By deep watering the tree, it will help determine whether more soil will need to be added depending on how the soil settles around the root ball.
Once the tree is established, the Tipu becomes highly drought-tolerant. It does best when the soil is kept slightly moist. The best way to achieve the right amount of water usage is to use a drip system. If you do not have a watering system, a hose will work just as well. Make sure to turn it on for a slow trickle to saturate the area.
How to Fertilize Your Tipu
To keep the Tipu in good health all year, apply Moon Dust three times a year (about every four months). For an easier way to remember, we recommend fertilizing with Moon Dust on Labor Day, Memorial Day, and Valentine’s Day (or pick the holidays that work best for you!). Apply fertilizer at the edge of the canopy line. For best results, apply Moon Juice every month.
Those that live in Arizona and Nevada should supplement with our Soil and Water Conditioner because of the high levels of salt found in the local water.
How to Trim Your Tipu
The Tipu tree is a fast-growing shade tree that requires pruning for an overall umbrella-shaped canopy and clean look. The canopy can grow bigger and healthier by pruning the low branches on the trunk. However, the Tipu can also grow naturally and still create plenty of shade.
When pruning, be sure to make a clean cut so the tree will heal quickly. Remove branches that produce little to no foliage or that touch other limbs. Always remember to take the appropriate safety measures and wear gloves and goggles during any tree trimming session.