If you live in Gilbert, Chandler or the surrounding area and have a yard, there is a pretty good chance that you have a palo verde growing on your property. Unlike many other trees in the Southwest, palo verde trees are very distinct in that they have bright green bark and bare bright yellow flowers in the spring. They thrive here in the Valley because they love full, direct sunlight and grow best in fast-draining soil, aka most of Arizona. However, because these trees grow so well in the Valley, they take a bit of maintenance to keep them healthy and strong.
Palo verde trees require pruning about once a year and knowing when and how to prune them can keep your palo verde trees strong and healthy looking for many years to come. Here are a few tips to keep your palo verde trees looking beautiful.
- Late winter is the best time to prune because the trees will still be dormant.
- Use shears to cut branches less than ¾ inch diameter, loppers for branches up to 1 ½ inches, and a pruning saw for anything bigger.
- Remove branches with brown bark (dead/dying) by cutting ¼ inch above the swollen ring of tissue where the branch meets the tree.
- Prune branches with splits, cracks, or jagged ends.
- Remove branches that hang low into traffic, sidewalks or driveways.
- DO NOT remove more than 20% of the tree’s total growth during a pruning otherwise the tree’s remaining limbs will be more prone to sunburn.
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