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By Justin in Chandler, AZ on 2/22/2007


We have a lot in Chandler, AZ. We are waiting for some other property to sell before we start building but in the meantime I want to plant some trees and vines on our lot.

I realize that anything close to the construction site will likely be damaged during construction so I am looking for shade trees and plants to line the borders of the property. We have an irrigated lot 135' wide by 331' deep. I have been researching different plants and trees via various websites.

At first I thought of a whole yard of similar trees (like ash trees) which I do like and it would look good but if I lose a tree or two it would look funny. I think a better approach would be to incorporate various types of trees. Right now I am looking at fruit trees: orange, grapefruit and peach; shade trees: ash, southern oak, ficus etc; and flowering/color trees: chinese pistache, jacaranda, etc.

I am also planning on using a vine or ivy to place along the fencing (pipe fence with no-climb for horses and livestock). This will be much cheaper than a mason wall and look much better.

If anyone has any suggestions of good trees to plant or resources of information I would appreciate it.


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By Dale in Richland, AZ on 2/22/2007


I would be as concerned about the irrigation system getting damaged as well as losing some trees.

I would stick to more native trees for the time being, especially if you are thinking of planting now. Most of the trees on your list are better being planted after monsoon arrives than before the summer heat.

I agree with the idea of doing a variety, you don't want it looking like an orchard or tree farm. besides planting a variety of trees, shrubs, vines and wildflowers will help create a more natural setting for attracting birds, and we many different ones from hummers to hawks.

And should some stress, bugs, disease or whatever wipe out a specific species you still have a lot of other trees.

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By Justin in Chandler, AZ on 2/22/2007


Thanks for the input - so I should wait until the fall for the non-naitive trees? That makes sense to not subject them to the intense heat their first few months in the ground.

The lot is flood irrigated, I would use a tractor to make burms along the sides of the lot to keep water off of the building site but allow water for the trees and plants.

 


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By Justin in Chandler, AZ on 2/26/2007


I just spoke with a landscaper and he recommended the Australian Bottle Tree as a nice looking alternative to the freeze-sensitive Ficus. I have seen several Ficus that have frozen with this past cold winter.

He also recommended the Sissoo.

Good links:

ag.arizona.edu/pima/gardening

forums.gardenweb.com/forums


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By Justin in Chandler, AZ on 3/1/2007


Another link:

ASU has a lot of great info on trees and plants: azarboretum.org


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By Dale in Richland, AZ on 3/4/2007


I found some links of interest regarding trees. It is possible to get a few trees for free (or close to free) from the local power company or arbor day groups.

Nursery with good pics of SW hardy trees.
guzmansgreenhouse.com

Tree programs and info:
tucsonaz.gov
arborday.org
phoenix.gov
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