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Jun 14, 2016 7:08 PM CST
whats the best evergreen , nonsurface roots i.e. roots grow deep only , shade providing tree grow in the area of ABQ, NM ...! i have a bad experience with a tree called AZ ashe ... it was messy trash leaves deciduous and its roots destroyed a nearby concret slab and even grow up among the grass ..... thanks
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Jun 14, 2016 7:49 PM CST
rgsh61, Welcome! to NGA

Could you update your info to include a location? I'm not sure what ABQ means but am assuming NM is New Mexico. AZ ashe - Arizona Ash? Yes, a messy tree.

Most trees will root deep given proper care although some just want to play on the surface no matter what. Lawn sprinklers will not provide proper watering for trees; grass only needs to have moisture to the bottom of the roots - less than 6 inches down. If you want your tree to root 6 inches deep, putting it in a lawn will accomplish that. Trees need deep watering every week to 2 weeks, depending upon weather. That means getting a hose out or having a double irrigation system - one for trees and one for lawn. The roots will follow the moisture down. If there is a break in the moisture, the roots will not grow through it. That means consistency - if you are watering every two weeks, put it on your calendar. The worst you can do to a tree in the desert is leave a dry spot in the root zone.

The alternative is to grow trees that are made for the desert climate: Russian Olives, Mesquite, Palo Verde, Locust....

The problem with evergreens is that they grow slooooowly. Deciduous trees are faster. If you want shade soon, you may have to plant another deciduous tree and put up with the mess of leaves and possible fruit.

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Name: Daisy
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Jun 14, 2016 9:04 PM CST
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