June Gardening Tips
Written by craig braddick

Gardening Tips for June In Arizona

June is probably the most difficult period for many plants because of the long days, high temperatures, and low humidity. Ineffective water management is the number one cause of death of landscape plants in the Valley, and, believe it or not, it is more frequently from over watering than under watering. You can reduce your water bill and take better care of your plants it you water slowly (prevents run off), deeply (use a soil probe or a long handled screwdriver to check that the water is penetrating 2-3 ft. deep for trees and shrubs, and 1- 1 1/2 ft. deep for turf & flowers), and infrequently (Let the soil dry between watering) Read on for more tips.

To Do List

  • Plant Bermuda lawns during the active growing season, May through August
  • Fertilize Bermuda grass lawns with Nitrogen each month beginning late April or early May according to the directions on the fertilizer package.
  • Apply Iron one a month according to the directions on the fertilizer package.
  • Apply one inch of water per week to Bermuda lawns. Once every two or three years dethatch Bermuda lawns if necessary. Only dethatch during the active growing season, May through August. This enables the turf to quickly recover.


  • Armenian Cucumbers, Melons (Cantaloupe, Muskmelon), Sunflowers
  • Plant Seeds
  • Plant Transplants
  • Sweet Potatoes


  • Cut back on fertilizing established roses to encourage plants to slow down for the hot summer
  • Water deeply as temperatures climb
  • Hose off plants in the early morning to increase humidity and control spider mites

Nut And Fruit Trees

  • Pick early-maturing deciduous fruit varieties, which are particularly prone to bird damage, before full maturity. Ripened at room temperature to lessen the bird peck loss.
  • Cover fruit trees with netting to protect from birds
  • Apply nitrogen and zinc to pecan trees to produce normal size leaf growth and to enhance kernel development. Pecans also need more water than most other shade trees.

Landscape Plants

  • Increase water application as the weather warms. June is the driest month. Pay attention to irrigation needs of plants.
  • Apply mulch to the ground around heat sensitive plants keep the roots cooler and prevent evaporation.
  • Apply chelated iron to bottle brush, pyracantha, silk oak, and other plants with iron deficiency symptoms.
  • Prune palms when flower spathes show or delay pruning until after the palm has finished flowering to prevent infestation of Palm Flower caterpillars. If palms are pruned in the spring, leave the top five rows of peels so the caterpillars have a place to hide.
  • Cut off spent blooms to stimulate rebloom
  • Native and imported heat tolerant plants can be planted right through the summer months. They will need to be watered on a regular basis until fall.
  • Transplant palms in the heat of the summer for best results.
  •  If you have previously had a problem, apply around the base of Agaves a pesticide labeled for use on grubs in order to kill the grubs of the Agave Weevil.
Source: https://cals.arizona.edu/maricopa/garden/html/t-tips/june.htm

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How Fast Do Palm Trees Grow?
Written by A&P Nursery

How Fast Do Palm Trees Grow?

There’s a lot of residents in Phoenix Valley interested in knowing just how quickly palm trees grow in Arizona. The first factor in calculating the rate at which your palm tree will grow depends on the specific species of your palm tree. While several different palm trees can grow as much as 2 to 3-feet per year, others can take several years to reach their peak of only five feet. The best way to go about planning your landscape is to pay attention to the species you are planting, read up on that species to find out just how much they are going to grow, and also, how fast.

There are various factors involved with the growth rate of palm trees, of which all, can encourage or discourage their growth. Those factors can range from the location they are planted, how often they get irrigation, the fertilizer used, and several others. These variables will be different for each of the different species of palm trees, and for this reason, it is always a good idea to talk to a local nursery regarding the amount of palm trees you are wanting to plant, such as how many more or less you are going to need. Do they need shade, a little shade or lots of it? Do they need a little irrigation or a lot?

Palm Growth Rates

You will be able to look forward to having healthy growing palm trees once the watering, fertilizing, location, and pruning have all been worked out. Each species of palm trees has their own rate of growth. Continue reading below to get a better idea on what the average rate of growth for palm trees are.

Queen Palm

When planted within the USDA hardiness zones 9 – 11, will grow at the rate of about 2-feet per year. Thus, a 15-gal. Queen Palm plant will give you a 25-foot Queen Palm in approximately 10-years. In all, you can consider this to be a fairly high speed of growth.

King Palm

The King Palm is also a rapidly growing palm. They will grow rapidly in soil with good moisture and lots of nutrition. The King Palm will grow at a rate of almost 2-feet per year. Which means that it grows a little bit slower than a Queen Palm. The growing rate for a King Palm can be increased by planting it where it only gets a small amount of shade for the sun will help it to grow faster.

Mexican Fan Palm

The Mexican Fan Palm tree grows faster than most of the other palm trees. It is also one of Arizona’s more common palm trees, which can get as high as 70 to 100-feet in height, being taller than most of the residential yards can handle. Under normal conditions the Mexican Fan Palm tree will grow as much as 4-feet per year. However, because of their rapid growth and drastic heights they are popular for the use in public parks and for commercial uses.

Mediterranean Palm

These are also known as European Fan Palm trees and they are slow growers, growing around 6-inches per year, and reaching full maturity of 20-feet in height at a very slow pace. They are however, popular due to their fronds beauty and also their bark. These palms make a nice addition to many residential landscapes for they will not over power the landscapes visual presentation of the landscape itself or of the home.

Foxtail Palms

As a fast-growing palm tree, the Foxtail Palm will grow 2 to 3-feet per year under normal (ideal) conditions, and reach a height of 30-feet in total height within a 10-year period. A good option for those seeking a rapid growing palm tree for shading. It has a deep root stem feature that gives it the ability to withstand drought conditions.

Palm Trees For Sale

If you live in the East Phoenix Valley and are looking for palm trees for sale for your property’s landscape, A&P Nursery can help!  We grow our plants locally, so they’re already accustomed to surviving in the heat and common conditions in the Phoenix Valley.  We have all of the most popular types of palm trees, and partner with the best landscaping companies to offer delivery and planting services at your home or commercial property.  For more information please call one of the locations below or stop by to see the selection at any of our 4 east valley locations in Mesa, Gilbert, or Queen Creek.