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Old 05-25-2007, 12:23 PM
 
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Hello, we our purchasing a home in Godyear and would like to landscape the backyard. Does anyone know where we can get trees, shrubs ect. and do it ourselves. We don't want small stuff either. Or is it just as cheap to hire a landscaper and who do you hire? Thanks for the help.
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Old 05-25-2007, 12:31 PM
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We've bought Jackrabbit Nursery, a bit Southwest of you, and have had great luck. I have also heard good things about Moon Valley.
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Old 05-25-2007, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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Jackrabbit is where I get all my stuff. It is owned by a long time resident family and they can really give you the right advice about what plants to use, what does well etc. All mine is DIY, but anything bigger than 15 gallon is pretty hard to handle without a couple guys and the 36-inch and up trees require equipment. To save your back, rent an electric shovel (rental place just N of nursery) and make big holes and use a lot of mulch. Both places are on Jackrabbit Rd at about Van Buren or so.
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Old 05-25-2007, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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We dug our Koi pond ourselves and it took 4 weeks to recover after digging in this hardpan dirt. We called Moon Valley for the trees and they will dig and plant them for you. It was worth it to have them dig and plant. They have some really nice packages too. Good luck. Oh, our neighbor planted Ficas (sp?) and they all froze during the winter. I would avoid those and go with the native trees.
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Old 05-25-2007, 07:27 PM
 
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Default trees

how about palm trees good or bad?
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Old 05-25-2007, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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how about palm trees good or bad?
Many people have queen palms even though they do very poorly here. They are always half brown and when the wind blows the new fronds bend over and break. Mediterranean fan palms grow great but take forever to get big. Mexican fans look really nice when small, but turn into telephone poles with green tops in about 20 years. Date palms grow slowly and look like pineapples in the landscape. They are a bear to prune because they stick you something awful. Date palms get way too big for a small yard too. None of the palms are worth a darn for shade. Lots of people really hate palms, but the Meds, especially, are nice and all of them can give a tropical look around a pool area.
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Old 05-25-2007, 08:39 PM
 
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We've used Moon Valley a few times and have always been happy with their trees and they do a good job planting them and not leaving a mess. This dirt is really tough to dig in and you have to go really deep for trees - I think it's worth the extra money to pay them to plant for you, but I may be lazier then most
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Old 05-25-2007, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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We've used Moon Valley a few times and have always been happy with their trees and they do a good job planting them and not leaving a mess. This dirt is really tough to dig in and you have to go really deep for trees - I think it's worth the extra money to pay them to plant for you, but I may be lazier then most

Same here, I got a couple of trees and some bushes from Moon Valley last year.
They did a great job and the yard is looking percfect.
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