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Important Tips on Summer Tree & Plant Trimming + New Ideas for Fall Color

Be careful with pruning & cutting, whether you do it yourself or have our trained maintenance team do it for you. Tree and shrub pruning is best done on a scheduled that suits the particular plant. Very little pruning should be done in the hottest months of the summer. Plants are already stressed in the heat and don’t need the extra stress of being pruned. Palms and native desert trees are the exception to this rule. Plants that can be pruned or cut in August include:

  • Palms
  • Acacia
  • Ironwood
  • Mesquite
  • Palo Verde
  • Yucca stalks
  • Hesperaloe stalks
  • Mexican Bird of Paradise
Mexican Bird of Paradise
Plan accordingly to wait and prune these plants in the Fall months (September, October and November). Do note: if the Yucca stalk is dead it can be cut down.

Need ideas for Fall color. We can help! By fall, many plants need a rest. However, look for these fall bloomers to carry your landscape into the winter months with a splash of color.

Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) & Mt. Lemmon Marigold (Tagetes palmeri).
Two fall blooming desert shrubs make a dazzling combination with the red to magenta flowers of Autumn Sage in marked contrast to the intense yellow flowers of Mt. Lemmon Marigold. This is an excellent rabbit resistant combination.

Hummingbird Trumpet (Zauschneriacalifornica) & Prairie Zinnia (Zinniagrandiflora).
A late summer and early fall Arizona native perennial and groundcover combination. The iridescent red flowers of Hummingbird Trumpet stand out in contrast with the yellow flowers of ground covering Prairie Zinnia.

Mexican Bird of Paradise (Caesalpiniamexicana) & Pink Muhly (Muhlenbergiacapillaris).
The brilliant yellow flowers of the shrubby to treelike Mexican Bird of Paradise provide the dramatic background for burgundy-red flower display of Pink Muhly.

Black Dalea (Dalea frutescens) & Turpentine Bush (Ericameria laricifolia).
The brilliant reddish-violet flowers of Black Dalea provide stunning contrast to the yellow flowers of Turpentine Bush.

Cape Honeysuckle (Tecomaria capensis) & Turpentine Bush (Ericameria laricifolia).
The glossy green leaves and bright orange flowers of this South African shrub combine beautifully with the yellow flowers and dark green foliage of Turpentine Bush.

Pink Trumpet Vine (Podranea ricasoliana) & Mexican Bird of Paradise (Caesalpiniamexicana).
The glossy green leaves and lavender-pink flowers on this South African sprawling vine contrast beautifully with the bright yellow flower clusters of the Mexican Bird of Paradise.

Pink Muhly (Muhlenberiga capillaris) & Pink Trumpet Vine (Podranea ricasoliana).
Combine these two for an amazing fall display. The burgundy-red flower spikes of the Pink Muhly will provide a blended accent to the lavender-pink flowers of the Pink Trumpet Vine.

Thunder Cloud Sage (Leucophyllumcandidum) & Yellow Dot (Wedelia trilobata).
Stunning silvery-gray foliage and intense purple blooms provide the perfect contrast to the bright green foliage and small yellow flowers of Yellow Dot.

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact us to answer your questions. We’re just a call away at 579-9411!

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