Save #1 from Noelle! Apparently, of all the trees you see around this valley, Chilean Mesquites blow down the most often during our storm seasons. They also require a lot of pruning, which I’m probably too lazy for. So as beautiful as they are, Chilean Mesquites are out. Now I’m looking at a Vitex or Desert Musuem Palo Verde, which are also beautiful and much lower maintenance. Ah, that’s more like it.
While she was at it, Noelle also gave me some great tips on good plants to fill out my landscape, how to save money getting the old trees removed, and finding an inexpensive, high-quality plants and trees.
Noelle also gave me some great companion planting tips:
- Apple trees—Plant garlic around them to prevent borers.
- Grapes—Plant squash around them in the summer to shade the roots.
- Vegi beds—Plant thyme and basil throughout the beds in the summer to stave off bugs, marigolds and nasturtiums in the fall. Also, plant vines along the cinder block wall near the raised beds to prevent reflective heat from burning the vegis.
Update (May 24, 2013):
We mentioned to the kiddo last night that we were thinking of replacing the trees in the front yard, and she burst out into tears. Apparently, she loves those trees. How can I cut them down now? So instead of new trees, we're buying a new hedge trimmer to keep up with the maintenance on the old ones. C'est la vie!