Buying a Palm Tree
Many Mesa and Phoenix residents loving nothing more than the picture of wandering out to their backyard on cooler days and enjoying a afternoon sitting in a hammock supported by to palm trees. Here in the Phoenix area many new home owners are in the process of landscaping and buying palm trees. It’s not just residents that are looking for these trees, but they are great for adding character to a commercial property as well.
Here you’re going to be able to learn what you should consider before buying a palm tree, the types of soil they work best in and what kinds there are for sale.
Before you buy – It’s important to consider a few factors that will help ensure that your new palm tree will grow well and live as long as possible.
Location, this is a concern in cooler parts of the country but palm trees thrive in the Phoenix sun. However the location on your property still needs to be thought about. You don’t want to plant your new palm in an area where there’s a chance it will grow into the house, up into power lines or other unmovable objects. Experts can help you with all the facets of choosing a location, prepping the ground and actually doing the hard work of digging and securing your palm when being delivered.
The soil – Every different variety of palm tree has different needs when it comes to nutrients to survive and achieve optimal growth. A sandy soil in contrast to a compacted clay type soil is preferable because clay or compacted soils stunt the growth and can lead to the roots rotting. To ensure that the ground around your planting location is optimal you’ll also want to consider ensuring the nutrients are present by using a fertilizer. This is useful not only during the initial planting process, but it can be helpful even on a biannual basis.
The Sun – Most palm trees soak up the sun and love every minute of it. There are a few variants that enjoy partial shade. Some of the palms that like a bit of shade each day are the Windmill Palm, Acai Palm, and the Flamethrower Palm. Visit with your Nursery regarding which type will fit your yard best and give you years of enjoyment.
The Water – Just like we need water, so do our palm trees. When first planting the palm it’s recommended to get the soil well saturated. Some even recommend a watering that gets the ground saturated to 18”. During the first 7 or so months watering twice weekly is recommended, until the tree has a substantial root system that can seek water on its own. After this point you can water seldom, even only 2 or 3 times a month is sufficient.