My mesquite trees grow so fast that I cant keep up with the pruning. Is there someway to control the growth so Im not trimming so much?
Mesquite trees are naturally a fast growing tree. However, as is the case with many plants, the more water you provide to the trees, the faster they will grow. Remember, you want to maintain adequate soil moisture content but not so much that the soil is saturated. Use a small shovel or screwdriver to check the top few inches of soil. Look for a wet feel to the soil but the ability of the soil to crumble in your hand. Typically, during the summer months irrigation should occur 2-3 times per week and during the winter once to twice every 2 weeks. Keep in mind this is for irrigation systems with trees only. If you have shrubs on the same valve, this may not be possible.