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Anyone planted trees in the desert?

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Anyone planted trees in the desert?
« on: August 14, 2016, 12:43:08 PM »
I bought a piece of property on the Ranch and I'd like to see if I can plant a shade tree or two. Live Oak, Cottonwood, etc. - something indigenous to the region that might grow with enough water. I have a catchment system and 275 gal of crap water in a square tank that I can devote to the tree/grove. I'd like to water it with a slow drip over time while I'm not there.

Any suggestions, or will I end up just killing a tree?
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Re: Anyone planted trees in the desert?
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2016, 12:47:18 PM »
I have seen pinyon pines planted  around near Marathon. That or an alligator juniper... What do your neighbors have planted, if anything?  :eusa_think:
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Re: Anyone planted trees in the desert?
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2016, 01:08:22 PM »
I'd get hold of the Brewster County Agricultural Extension Agent and see what they say.

http://brewster.agrilife.org/

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Re: Anyone planted trees in the desert?
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2016, 03:02:05 PM »
I'd get hold of the Brewster County Agricultural Extension Agent and see what they say.

http://brewster.agrilife.org/
Excellent! Thank you!
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Re: Anyone planted trees in the desert?
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2016, 03:55:52 PM »
I have seen pinyon pines planted  around near Marathon. That or an alligator juniper... What do your neighbors have planted, if anything?  :eusa_think:
Don't really have any neighbors, at least none with trees.  :icon_smile:
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Re: Anyone planted trees in the desert?
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2016, 09:36:04 PM »
As a person who has a rain water system only supplying water for my house for the past 12 years, I wouldn't use my precious water for watering a tree.  It really is a waste.  Not too long ago BB only received 4 inches of rain the entire year.  It will happen again.  I completely understand you want trees for shade.  Instead,  I would use my resources and time building shed roofs over your buildings so you can increase your water catching capacity.  Making it easier to live out there some day.  You get 600 gallons of water for every 1000 square feet of roof when 1 inch of rain falls.  Meaning if you have a 2000 square foot house roof, and it rains 1 inch, you get 1200 gallons of water IF you caught it all.

Cottonwood trees are desert billboards advertising an active spring.  There is a good reason why you don't really see any trees out there.

Good luck!  If you can pull it off, you can become the BB Tree Whisperer and make some good money!
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Re: Anyone planted trees in the desert?
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2016, 08:24:02 AM »
Thanks for the input EH. I actually have two catchment systems. The smaller of the two was used by the previous owner for watering flowers and veggie plants. The water is stored in a square opaque tank and is beginning to grow algae and who knows what else, so I have no intentions of using that water for anything. My larger system is fed by a 3000 gal tank that catches off the 1200 sq ft garage/carport. This is clean water that I use for washing and stuff.

Good point about the billboard attracting unwanted visitors in search of a drink. I might have to rethink my plans.
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Re: Anyone planted trees in the desert?
« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2016, 03:40:43 PM »
We painted our tanks with latex paint, and that keeps the light out.  No light, No algae.  The old lady even was creative and painted one to look like rocks so the casual viewer thinks it is a rock cistern.
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Re: Anyone planted trees in the desert?
« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2016, 01:53:33 AM »
That's a very cool idea!
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Re: Anyone planted trees in the desert?
« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2016, 02:32:13 PM »
I've seen the pear trees at the Ranch. I have planted a mountain laurel on my property out there.  I ran a hose from my water catchment with an electronic timer to drip water on it, slowly for a few hours everyday. It's been since March and doing quite well.

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Re: Anyone planted trees in the desert?
« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2016, 09:39:08 PM »
Thanks CG. That's encouraging. Make/model of the timer? Is it solar?
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Re: Anyone planted trees in the desert?
« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2016, 10:02:07 AM »
No, but that would be a good idea.  It's battery operated and, so far, has lasted without problems.  I should probably change them every time I go out there whether they need changing or not. Sometimes it's a couple of months before I get out there.

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Re: Anyone planted trees in the desert?
« Reply #12 on: August 27, 2016, 12:39:41 PM »
After some research, I'm going with one of these to see if it works. It's only $40 and is fully reusable.

http://www.dewharvest.com/grow-trees-without-watering.html
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Re: Anyone planted trees in the desert?
« Reply #13 on: August 27, 2016, 09:12:18 PM »
After some research, I'm going with one of these to see if it works. It's only $40 and is fully reusable.

http://www.dewharvest.com/grow-trees-without-watering.html

Very interesting.  Keep us posted.

 


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