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It’s the time of year when many people are tired of the glare from their windows and are thinking about adding more shade to their yards. The beautiful combination of cactus, succulents and desert-adapted flowering shrubs are unique to our communities, but trees give height and width to a landscape. In the desert summer, trees […]

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Investing in a tree adds shade to your yard, value to your home and is a gift to your city. The Cool Urban Space Project by the City of Phoenix, University of Arizona and Arizona State University showed that a goal of 25 percent canopy could reduce near-ground temperatures in the city by 4.3 degrees. […]

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  Cochineal Scale – You may have noticed a white, cotton like substance on your Opuntia Cactus this year. It is an insect that goes by the name Cochineal Scale. The insects penetrate the cactus with beak-like mouthparts and feed on the juices within the cactus. They will remain immobile unless disturbed and will desecrate […]

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We have had some later frost than normal in the Valley this year, so hold off on pruning back the frost damaged branches.  When pruning, look for the new red bud emerging on the canes and prune just about the bud. Thanks Randy for the tip!

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Living in the valley of the sun has some great advantages. This includes having a lawn all year round. The two main types of turf used in southern Arizona include a perennial rye and Bermuda grass. The perennial rye is typically applied each fall to continue the green grass while the Bermuda rests for the […]

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Click on the image below to read tips that will help with your Spring Rejuvenation.

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You may have started noticing that the flowers you planted in spring are slowly losing their vitality.  October is the perfect time to plant a fresh batch that will last through the winter and into late spring. With the holidays upon us, many people choose corresponding colors such as reds (we love RED) and whites.  Geraniums are […]

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October can be a month that leads to some confusion with regard to your landscape.  It’s still hot, but the days are continuing to get shorter and the need for water is not as great due to the cooler temperatures.  Here are some some tips on what to do: FERTILIZER – Don’t fertilize your shrubs in October.  This […]

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Randy Zellers, our West Valley Branch Manager, has some great tips on how to help your landscape beat the heat this August!

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          Did you know July is Smart Irrigation Month? We have some links to help you in your water conservation efforts. 100 Quick Tips just like the one below from from Water Use It Wisely     Visit Wateruseitwisely.com/100-ways-to-conserve for water-saving tips! A Guide For Watering in Arizona – Landscape Watering […]

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The scorching sun and heat can be very damaging to your beautiful landscape. Here are some tips on how to help protect your landscape: Watering: Make sure your plants have an adequate supply of water, but not too much. Too much water can be as damaging as too little.  It is wise to wait until […]

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El Niño has been getting a lot of attention lately.  Have you wondered how this weather phenomenon can affect your property and the ones you manage? To learn more about how El Niño may change how you manage your property’s landscape needs this winter check out this article written for CAI Magazine by our East […]

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Check out these great tips regarding frost protection from Arizona Landscape Contractors Association.

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Please take a second and vote for our Caretaker Landscape and Tree Management team on Ranking Arizona!  We are nominated in 3 categories and would love your vote. Cast your votes by following the directions below.  Click on the image to go to the voting page. Thank you for your support!!!

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My name is Mike Eden. I’m the Business Development Coordinator here at CARETAKER LANDSCAPE AND TREE MANAGEMENT. Every week I send out a new ‘Plant of the Week’ to our team and partners to help educate us on the plants we care for in our fields of work. Please tune in for this amazing opportunity to […]

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Fall/Winter Tree Pruning Tips In October • You can safely prune most trees; however: • Ensure temperatures don’t drop below freezing. • Be careful not to prune frost -sensitive trees too heavily. • Desert Trees have large growth in spring/summer: trim trees in October so that they will “hold their prune” longer through the winter […]

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Long, narrow spikes of purple flowers cover this plant in the summer months. Although the flower color can range from white to dark purple, most trees have been selected for the darker flower color. To be sure, try to select this plant when it is blooming. These fragrant flowers attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. After […]

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Many small businesses start the same way — usually with a forward-thinking entrepreneurial person or group passionate about the opportunity to make a living doing something they love. Caretaker Landscape is no different. Twenty-five years ago, Susan Stephenson Harris, a retired banker from Oklahoma, moved to Arizona to relax and play golf. Six months later, […]

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Grand Opening – Welcome  David Weekley Homes to Acacia Estates David Weekley Homes is known for having great people and innovative design with a variety of customer options. The partnership in the grand opening between the Acacia Estates development team, David Weekley Homes and Caretaker Landscape centered on a true partnership where the great team […]

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Pre-Monsoon Pruning Did you know Caretaker Landscape has 4 ISA Certified Arborists? Proper tree pruning practices are important when attempting to limit storm and wind damage.  During monsoon rains, the wet ground makes trees more susceptible to failure due to what we call the “sail effect”.  The sail effect happens when trees have been primarily […]

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Have you noticed all the Chilean Mesquite pods dropping? History – Native Mesquite trees dot southwest Arizona’s desert landscape, but the Chilean Mesquite is an interloper that has edged its way into drought-resistant gardens.  The Chilean Mesquite, Prosopis chilensis, is originally from Chile, hence its name, and it’s a relative of the pea family.  The […]

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Did you know proper water management can reduce your water bill? Well, summer is here!  With pavement so hot you can fry an egg on it, imagine what our plants and trees are going through.  They are unable to escape our elements.  It is up to us to treat them correctly. Caretaker Landscape starts by ensuring […]

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Do you know the 10 Perfect Plants that Can Withstand our Arizona Heat? Caretaker Landscape is constantly looking for ways to help our clients not only with the properties they manage, but also the properties they reside in.  Since June is Home Ownership Month, we thought it would be fun to let you know about plants that can weather the heat.  These plants […]

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Over 1000 New Homes Coming to Buckeye!  Caretaker Landscape is at the Forefront of the Landscape Construction and Landscape Development at Sienna Hills Phoenix just voted #1 rising home prices by Kiplinger!  And one of those communities contributing to rising home prices is Sienna Hills.  Sienna Hills is nestled along the base of Arizona’s White Tank Mountains.  Located […]

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Caretaker Landscape Is All About Safety First When Working in Trees Caretaker Landscape’s Tree Management team promotes Tree Worker Certification as an important element to promoting safe tree practices.  The goal is and always has been to be a leading expert in Tree Management.  As part of that mission, we are certifying our tree climbers and crew […]

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Common Name: Argentine Giant Botanical Name:  Trichocerus candicans Native Distribution: Argentina Hardiness:  10-15 degrees Sun: Full, afternoon shade, if available, is best Water:  Moderate water until established Growth (rate, size and form):  2’ x 3’ sprawling Foliage (e/d, color, texture):  Green, medium Green.  Yellow spines with thorns Flowers (color & season):   White, showy, Nocturnal […]

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Caretaker Landscape is currently developing landscape construction and landscape development on more than 30 communities throughout the Valley. Home starts in Phoenix are increasing.  Job creation is improving.  Phoenix was ranked 9th in the nation by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for job creation and ranked 3rd in annualized permits for the 1st quarter of 2013. The resale market […]

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Common Name: Potato Vine Botanical Name: Solanum jasminoides Native Distribution: Brazil Hardiness:  25 Degrees Sun: Full Sun Water:  Moderate Growth (rate, size and form): 30 x 10.  Prune to control growth each year.  Moderate grower, rate can be increased with water Foliage (e/d, color, texture): Purple-green leaves medium texture Flowers (color & season):  White.  Can […]

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Common Name: Chaste Tree; Monk’s Pepper; Hemp Tree Botanical Name: Vitex agnus-castus Native Distribution: Southern Europe Hardiness:  15 degrees Sun: Full sun; Partial shade Water:  Moderate water needed; can be weaned off water as it matures Growth (rate, size and form): 20 x 20; Wants to be a large shrub Foliage (e/d, color, texture): Dark […]

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Common Name: Globemallow Botanical Name: Sphaeralcea ambigua Native Distribution: Sonoran Desert Hardiness:  5 degrees Sun: Full-sun, open areas Water:  Very little water, if any once established Growth (rate, size and form): 3’ x 3’ Foliage (e/d, color, texture): Coarse, evergreen leaves Flowers (color & season):   Orange, White, Pink, or Lavender Comments (litter, thorns, allergenic): […]

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Common Name: Texas Olive Botanical Name: Cordia boissieri Native Distribution: Sonoran Chihuahuan Deserts, Texas Hardiness:  20 degrees Sun: Full sun Water:  Only  little once established; reduce frequency as it matures Growth (rate, size and form): 10×10, may grow larger if trained to a tree Foliage (e/d, color, texture): Evergreen, course leaves Flowers (color & season): […]

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Did you know Caretaker Landscape is currently developing the single largest land development project in Arizona? Digging in the Southwest can get rocky.  In preparation for construction mobilization Caretaker Landscape ran into some rough terrain in the West Valley. Taylor Morrison purchased 351 lots within the Tierra Del Rio community from Pulte Group in 2012.  […]

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Did you know Caretaker Landscape has 18 Certified Sustainable Landscape Managers? Some of you may have attended AACM’s CAAM graduation lunch where Judy Gausman, CEO of ALCA, spoke about the importance of Sustainable Landscape Management.  To request for a Landscape Maintenance or Tree Pruning Proposal, please contact Michelle Izquierdo, Business Development Manager for our HOA Division at […]

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Do you want your commercial building to be recognized as one of the Best of the Best?    BOMA Phoenix is accepting entries for The Outstanding Building of the Year Awards.  For over 25 years the TOBY Awards has been recognizing properties that exemplify outstanding building quality and management practices.  Winners are selected from participants […]

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Did you know Caretaker Landscape has 15 Certified Irrigation Technicians?  With temperatures increasing this month, Caretaker Landscape recommends adding run times and durations to your turf, trees and shrubs. Turf (we are now in the transition period to Bermuda) Spray heads – 13 minutes per run time (3 days per week) Rotor heads part circle – 21 […]

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National Arbor Day is on Friday, April 26th  in Arizona Did you know an acre of mature trees can provide enough oxygen for 18 people in one year?  Yvette Bourdages, Business Development Manager for our Tree Management Division and Trixie, one of our Caretaker Pets is reminding you to mark your calendars.  National Arbor Day is on […]

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Common Name: Beaver Tail Prickly Pear Botanical Name: Opuntia basilaris Native Distribution:  Sonoran and Mohave deserts Hardiness: 10 degrees Sun: Full, radiant sun Water: Very low to natural water Growth (rate, size and form): Moderate, low spreading Cactus Foliage (e/d, color, texture):  Blue-gray, brown spines Flowers (color & season):  Magenta to pink,  Currently blooming! Comments […]

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Common Name: Queen’s Wreath Botanical Name: Antigonon leptopus Native Distribution:  Native to Mexico Hardiness: 30° Sun: Full sun Water: Moderate Growth (rate, size and form): Fast, 15 x 15, twining Foliage (e/d, color, texture): Deciduous, medium green and coarse texture Flowers (color & season): Bright pink clusters, summer to fall Comments (litter, thorns, allergenic): Seasonal […]

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Congrats Jovan!!!  Jovan just recieved his ACLP Certificate through ALCA!!!                       What is covered in the Arizona Certified Landscape Professional Program?  Why is it important to you and your community? The Arizona Certified Landscape Professional (ACLP) is an educational program for those aspiring to be professional […]

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Common Name: Pink Fairy Duster Botanical Name: Calliandra eriophylla Native Distribution:  Native to southwestern deserts Hardiness: 5° Sun: Full sun Water: Very low Growth (rate, size and form): Moderate, 3 x 4, upright Foliage (e/d, color, texture): Semivergreen, medium green, fine texture Flowers (color & season): Pink powderpuffs, Spring to fall Comments (litter, thorns, allergenic): […]

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Congrats to Account Manager Craig St. Clair and our Water Management Specialist Chris Howell for passing their ACLP through Arizona Landscape Contractors Association.  

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Hi all!  With a minimum amount of care, succulents provide dramatic sculptural qualities unique to Southwest gardens.  This week it’s all about Cape Aloe.  Common Name: Cape Aloe Botanical Name: Aloe ferox Native Distribution:  Native to South Africa Hardiness: 20° Sun: Reflected sun Water: Very low Growth (rate, size and form): Moderate, 5 x 3, […]

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Aerial Rescue Training is a a pre-requisite set by OSHA to get certified before any climber can take the certified tree worker exam.  This exam opens the door for several other classifications which will allow Caretaker to bid on municipality work as well as specialty work for the government, cities and companies such as APS […]

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We are having another perfect opportunity to conserve water with the rain we have already got this morning and the rain we are expecting throughout the day.  We are anticipating a half inch to an inch of water with this storm.  We recommend leaving all irrigation off for 3 to 4 days and then reevaluating […]

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We love the brightness this flower to any landscape! Common Name: Mexican Gold Poppy Botanical Name: Eschscholzia californica ssp. mexicana Growth (rate, size and form): 1 x 1 Flowers (color & season): Yellow to gold.  Late winter to spring Comments (litter, thorns, allergenic): Sow seeds in fall Special Features (wildlife, other): Reseeds readily.

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As it starts to warm up we know everyone will be looking for shade, try sitting under this beauty… Common Name: Cascalote Botanical Name: Caesalpinia cacalaco Native Distribution:  Native to Mexico Hardiness: 20° Sun: Full sun Water: Low Growth (rate, size and form): Slow moderate, 15 x 15, vase shaped Foliage (e/d, color, texture): Evergreen, […]

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Caretaker’s Core Values- Caring, Accountable, Reputable, Educated A few of our Account Managers just completed Werecon, Fertilizer and Acid Injection System Training.  Check out the pictures below:

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With winter wrapping up we thought this was good a choice for the week. Common Name: Twin-Flowered Agave Botanical Name: Agave geminiflora Native Distribution:  West central Mexico Hardiness: 25° Sun: Full and reflected sun Water: Very Low Growth (rate, size and form): Fast, 3 x 3, open rosette Foliage (e/d, color, texture): Evergreen, dark green, […]

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As you know we love the color Red!!!! So this week we picked the Red Spike Ice Plant. Common Name: Red Spike Ice Plant Botanical Name: Cephalophyllum “Red Spike” Native Distribution:  Horticultural selection Hardiness: 20° Sun: Full sun Water: Low Growth (rate, size and form): Slow, 6 x 6, clumping Foliage (e/d, color, texture): Evergreen, […]

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Brittlebush will be starting to bloom soon so we thought this would be a good one to share… Common Name: Brittlebush Botanical Name: Encelia farinosa Native Distribution:  Sonoran, Mojave deserts Hardiness: 25° Sun: Reflected sun Water: Very low Growth (rate, size and form): Fast, 3 x 4, mounding Foliage (e/d, color, texture): Evergreen, silvery gray, […]

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Blackfoot Daisies bloom all year round so we thought this was a good one for this week. Common Name: Blackfoot Daisy Botanical Name: Melampodium leucanthum Native Distribution:  southwest U.S., Mexico Hardiness: 0° Sun: Full and partial sun Water: Very low Growth (rate, size and form): Fast, 1 x 2, low mound Foliage (e/d, color, texture): Evergreen, […]

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What an exciting winter we are having!  Finally, the Arizona desert is seeing our normal cold weather and our plants are beginning to show it.  As you travel through the different areas of the valley you will see the damage this recent cold snap has caused.  While we cannot always protect the vegetation in the […]

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In June, we were awarded the Landscape Maintenance contract for Rovey Farms by Vision Community Management. Ryan Orosco is the account manager at Rovey Farms.  His partnership with Matt at Vision and the Board Members has been instrumental in transforming this community. We just completed our 90 day walk with Matt and the Board.  Check out these before […]

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Edible Gardens in Phoenix

Published on September 1, 2012 by in Landscaping Information

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The cooler season is approaching, and September is the perfect time to begin planning and planting a winter edible garden.  Vegetable gardens can start from either seeds or transplants.  It is usually recommended to purchase fresh seeds rather than using any leftovers from a previous year.  While transplants can be grown at home, it is […]

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Overseeding Overview

Published on August 30, 2012 by in Landscaping Information

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Bermuda grass is commonly used in Phoenix to achieve lush and green summer lawns.  As long as it is adequately watered, it is extremely resilient to the desert temperatures.  However, Bermuda grass is dormant during the winter, which results in a dead-looking and yellowed lawn.  The grass will revitalize around May when temperatures begin to […]

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