Planting a Tree? Six Ideas to Consider
September 29, 2021
Adhere to the popular Chinese proverb: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now,” and plant a desert-adapted or native tree this fall. Here are six considerations as you plan to plant. Be sure to check out the additional resources below!
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WHAT TYPE OF TREE?
The tree’s goal helps to guide tree selection: Do you want a tree for canopy shade, screening, wind & noise block, changing color, security, or edible fruits and pods?
DECIDUOUS VS. EVERGREEN
Consider tree type: Deciduous trees – trees that shed leaves – are often a good choice for a south side, because they block summer sun and heat and let in winter sun. Evergreen trees and shrubs can offer shade all year.
Plant the appropriate-sized tree & shrub for the site. Research growth rate: how much space will a mature tree system occupy on your site?
Plant a tree on the west, east or south side of your home to help provide shade during the summer months.
BEFORE YOU DIG
Before you dig, click arizona811.com or call 1-800-STAKE-IT. Avoid planting near overhead lines, underground utility lines, chimneys, fire pits, or grills.
- tucsoncleanandbeautiful.org/trees-for-tucson Purchase native trees, learn how to plant, donate, volunteer, and more
- amwua.org/plants Plant types, watering, and maintenance
- tep.com/trees-for-you Tucson Electric Power’s shade tree program
- climateaction.tucsonaz.gov City of Tucson Climate Action Hub focusing on Tucson Million Trees, Green Storm Water Infrastructure, Team Up to Clean Up, and Solar Project
- tucsonaz.gov/water/residential-rebates Tucson Water rebates and incentives for rainwater, stormwater, and gray water systems
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