Tips for Planting a Tree

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Planting a Tree? Six Ideas to Consider

September 29, 2021

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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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GO DESERT-ADAPTED

Say “yes” to planting desert-adapted and low water use trees. They thrive in desert heat, soil, and drought. Learn more at tucsoncleanandbeautiful.org

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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?

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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.

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MAXIMUM SIZE

Plant the appropriate-sized tree & shrub for the site. Research growth rate: how much space will a mature tree system occupy on your site?

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ORIENTATION MATTERS  

Plant a tree on the west, east or south side of your home to help provide shade during the summer months.

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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.


Additional resources to help you GO Green and SAVE Green​


This article appeared in the October 2021 edition of Water Matters. 

Share your comments or suggestions with pico@tucsonaz.gov .


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