- Roger – How can he help his Queen Palm healthier and last longer than they would normally in this area?
Recommendation – Jay talks about why they have struggled in this area and has a few tips. Watering is key and one of the main reasons they suffer here, plus use fertilize during the growing season (Mar-Sep)
*A few alternative Palms, like the Mule Palm they’re selling at Treeland Nurseries in Mesa, plus a few other that do well in our heat.
- Tim – He has 3 trees with desert mistletoe in them. What can he do to get rid of them?
Recommendation – The best way is to cut it out. Mistletoe uses the trees vascular system, so poisoining it could kill the tree. There is a product called florel fruit eliminator that can be used to control mistletoe. Pruning it out is the only other option.
*We discuss the problems associated with mistletoe and how it spreads after fruiting.
- Rowland – He has Fox tail and different types of grass in his lawn he’d like to get rid of. How does he get rid of it without killing the bermuda?
Recommendation – Fertilome makes a product called “weed out” with crab grass control. He can spot treat it in trouble areas. Just don’t let them go to seed or it’ll continue spreading. Jay talks through steps to keep a healthy lawn without weeds or different grasses taking over.
- Claudia – Her new desert gold peach tree is so full of fruit and the limbs are sagging. What should she do to help it?
Recommendation – First, take off more fruit and she may need to prop up the limbs or stake it to stabilize it. Taking off most of the fruit is the key, though, especially a new tree.
*A discussion on weed control and we answer a letter from a listener about killing the whole yard to eliminate the maintenance.