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How Buffelgrass Is Making Phoenix Area Wildfires Worse

November 16, 2023

Discover how invasive Buffelgrass is fueling wildfires and threatening Phoenix area ecosystems.

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7 Ways that Desert Trees Are Different: What You Need to Know About Phoenix-Area Trees

October 27, 2023

Trees that grow in the desert in the Phoenix and Anthem areas have different characteristics than those in other areas of the country. In this article, learn seven ways desert trees are different (and how that helps them survive).

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How to Create Microclimates on Your Phoenix-Area Property

September 28, 2023

Temperature, humidity, wind, and soil composition can vary in smaller areas, known as microclimates. Learn how to create and use microclimates on your own Phoenix-area property.

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The phoenix area at sunset, with an orange tint covering the area, showing that phoenix is an urban heat island.

What You Need to Know About Urban Heat Islands in the Phoenix Area

September 6, 2023

Anthem and the greater Phoenix area are becoming warmer, thanks in part to something known as the urban heat island effect. In this article, we’ll discuss how roads, buildings, and lack of vegetation have led to increased temperatures, how it can impact you and your property, and what you can do.

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Rainwater Harvesting for your Anthem or Phoenix-Area Property

August 3, 2023

Rainwater harvesting can help reduce your water bill, keep your plants healthy, flush salts out of the soil, and more. Learn how to begin harvesting rainwater from your Phoenix-area property in this article.

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A New Arizona Resident’s Guide to the Trees and Landscapes in the Phoenix Area

June 29, 2023

If you are new to Arizona, welcome! We’re glad to have you as part of the Grand Canyon state. If you have relocated or are planning to move to the Phoenix area, especially Anthem, Arizona, some things will be helpful to know…

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A palo verde tree with two trunks, or codominant stems, grows in arizona.

Will Codominant Stems Cause Your Tree to Break During the Next Monsoon?

May 30, 2023

When a tree has two trunks, known as codominant stems, the tree is more likely to break in extreme weather in the Anthem and Phoenix areas. We detail what to look for and how to prevent some damage in this article.

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Stinknet, an invasive plant in arizona, grows with small yellow globes as flowerheads.

The Invasive Stinknet Weed Hits Phoenix

May 3, 2023

An invasive weed called stinknet has beautiful yellow globe-shaped flowers but is causing many issues for the Phoenix and Anthem areas. Learn how to recognize this plant and how to help stop its invasive spread.

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Trees, plants, and cactus grow on a residential property in the phoenix area. These are among the best trees for phoenix arizona and the surrounding area.

8 of the Best Non-Native Trees for Phoenix, AZ

April 10, 2023

Eight non-native trees were recently approved for planting and are some of the best trees for Phoenix. These trees are wonderful additions to your property and though they are non-native they won’t negatively impact the native ecosystem. The newly approved non-native trees include the laurel fig, the fruitless olive, the red push pistache, the mastic tree, the weeping fig, the Brazilian pepper tree, the sago palm, and the pygmy date palm. These non-native trees are beautiful, exotic additions to your Phoenix area property and grow well when proper care guidelines outlined in this article are followed.

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Palo verde borer.

Are Palo Verde Borers Killing Your Trees?

March 3, 2023

In this article, we will answer some of the most common questions about palo verde borers, including how to tell if they are impacting your tree and what you can do to help.

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