Yard problems and solutions. . .
for homeowners in the East Valley, including Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek, Tempe and San Tan Valley
Whether your yard is damaged from the winter cold or you have bigger problems like the yard shown here, Freedom Landscaping AZ is a full service company that you can help you with all your problems.
From spring cleanups to laying new sod to installing landscapes, we'll solve all your yard problems so you can spend your time relaxing and enjoying our beautiful Arizona weather.
Tips to help with most common yard problems
In the hot Arizona sun, plants obviously need water but did you know many people actually over water? Watering should be slow & deep for the water to penetrate the soil. If it takes longer than 1 hour for water to soak into the soil, apply Dispersul to break down the caliche.
- Water your lawn 3 times a week for 8-15 minutes.
- Annuals & perennials should be watered 3 times a week for 1 hour.
- Shrubs are best on a separate system from trees & should be watered 3 times a week for 1 hour.
Common lawn and landscapes problems in the East Valley
The grass is looking brown/yellowish in spots.
Most likely cause:
- Irrigation related-timers not set correct, sprinkler head issue, too much/too little water.
- Overwatering of Bermuda/St. Augustine grass (more serious issue could be aeration, lack of nutrients or fertilization or fungus growth in root system).
How come my trees are turning yellow?
Either over or under watering. If leaves are yellowing, it’s over watering (could also be nutrient deficiency in soil). If leaves are browning, it’s under watering.
Why aren’t my sprinklers coming on?
Control system failure or valve issue.
Weed Control Problems?
1. Pre-Emergence Herbicides
Pre-emergence herbicides work by inhibiting the growth of germinating weed seeds and very young seedlings. These chemicals damage the seeds before the weed has a chance to grow.
For maximum effect, pre-emergence herbicides should be applied in the spring as well as Dec/Jan, before the weed seeds sprout. Plants and weeds that already exist will not be harmed by the application of pre-emergence herbicides.
2. Post-Emergence Herbicides
Post-emergence herbicides act on weeds that are already established. These chemicals control weeds by soaking through their leaves.
If you let your weeds keep growing, they will mature, make more seeds and your weed problem will get worse. If necessary, our spray technicians can perform monthly weed control using post-emergence herbicides.
3. Physical Removal of Weeds
If you practice regular landscape maintenance procedures, controlling weeds by hand-pulling may be all that is necessary.
If weeds are well-developed, the physical removal method may be your first course of action. Physical removal of weeds can be tedious, so Freedom Landscape offers a pre-emergent service for a fee that can be incorporated into your regular maintenance or a 1-time service.
Trim trees before monsoon season
Save yourself money and headaches by getting your trees professionally trimmed before monsoon season arrives in July.
Their strong winds are known for toppling trees but thinning your trees can prevent damage from happening.
While all trees can be casualties of strong winds, Palo Verde and Mesquite trees are 2 types that are especially prone to breaking.
Tree thinning can be done any time of the year but you will want it done before the storms arrive.
The Care of Queen Anne Palms
Queen Palm trees must be watered 2-3 times a week and fertilized correctly in order to thrive.
Watering should cover the ground for at least 4 feet from the trunk. Deep watering, to a depth of 2 feet, should be done every week or two.
Queen Anne Palms not looking so good?
The most common problems can be traced to mineral deficiencies as they prefer slightly acidic soil.
They have problems absorbing nutrients if the soil has become too alkaline, which can be caused by nearby sidewalks leaching lime.
Watch for “frizzle top”
Queen Palms are susceptible to a condition known as “frizzle top” where new fronds emerging from the crown have a frizzled look and appear blackened.
“Frizzle top” is caused by a manganese deficiency. If not treated, an affected Queen Palm tree will eventually die. The remedy is easy- just give extra applications of manganese.
Possible pest problems?
Sometimes, palm leaf skeletonizes and scale insects can cause problems, which may require professional pest control intervention to resolve.
If only a few fronds are involved, they may be pruned off but too much pruning will cause it to decline.