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Trees, trees and more trees!

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Trees, trees and more trees!

As you spend time at our Rec Centers, at the pool, or out on one of our great golf courses, be sure to take notice of all of our wonderful palm trees!

All palm trees owned by the Association are trimmed annually beginning approximately the first of June. Trimming work is generally finished by mid-August. Why does it take so long you ask?

Well ….

We have 2,434 palm trees on our properties here in Sun City West; 1,511 of them on golf courses alone! The other 923 trees are part of the landscaping at the rec centers, they line R.H. Johnson Boulevard, and they are along the canal at Bell Road. That’s a lot of palms to trim each summer.

The vast majority – 2,076 of these – are Mexican fan palms. We also house 14 queen palms and 344 date palms at our facilities.

Along R.H. Johnson, the trees beside the walls belong to RCSCW, so we must  trim those. The trees in the median belong equally to us and Maricopa County, so we are charged with trimming those only every other year.

Our tree trimming contract is outsourced to area tree companies. It’s put out to bid each year, and we receive 5-6 bids.

Thanks to Todd Patty in Environmental Services for these fun facts!

 

  1. Mary mcGrath says:

    Wow and what a good job you do. Thx so much. Mary

  2. These palm trees should not be trimmed until after June 15th to allow for all of the “spikes”to come out. There are many trees that were trimmed too early by SCW and the county that need to be trimmed again.

  3. Multimedia says:

    Hello Larry, when to trim palms isn’t so much a ‘date’ issue as it is dictated by weather, it needs to be hot. You are correct however about the spikes and seeds. We’ve noticed this year that there were an especially large amount of trees trimmed by the county, residents and HOAs before they had fully bloomed. The Association had very few that may need to be followed up on, but we will have the contractor readdress those trees for sure. Thanks for writing.

  4. W Beckman says:

    What fun, interesting informatioo. Thanks for the update.

  5. Maxine Saitta says:

    So the trees in the middle on RH Johnson will remain unsightly. This is not acceptable especially since we waste thousands every year on ridiculous things like mailing 2 maintenance bills to the same home

  6. cher petersen says:

    WHY are we putting in all those palm trees around the pool when it have been established the cost of maintenance is soo expensive????
    Did anyone check with Todd Patty??

    Cher

  7. Multimedia says:

    Good morning Maxine. The trees in the R.H. Johnson will not remain “unsightly.” As mentioned in the article, we share ownership of those trees with the County; this year is our turn to trim them. They will certainly be trimmed, just haven’t been yet …trimming 2,434 palm trees takes time. Thank you and have a great day.

  8. Multimedia says:

    Hello Cher. Approximately half of the palm trees in the original design were eliminated due to residents expressing concern. Having said that, palm trees add ambiance to any pool setting. If we left them out, the pool complex would look barren. Todd was consulted as part of the process.

  9. John/Sue Sweeney says:

    We love the way SCW is landscaped. I did see you mentioned it will take until mid-August to complete the trimming process. I can imagine with all those trees it will take a huge amount of time. Keep up the good work and thanks for all you do!

  10. Dudley Gibson says:

    Palms in my view have only one purpose, and that is to add ambiance to a landscape!

    They provide no shade and are not native to our area.

    They are costly to maintain and I think we should selectively remove some of them and in some locations replace them with other varieties.

    In my view they add little to our golf courses!

  11. Patricia Bennett says:

    I appreciate the information and trust you make the right decisions. It’s a shame that others complain and moan when there’s so much else to do here and “getting a life” is easy.

  12. The B's says:

    We want to say THANK YOU to all of you who work so hard to get and keep our community looking fabulous. We will never all agree on what is or isn’t being done or what should or shouldn’t be done. But we all did move here by our own choice seeing and knowing what was here. Those who are pickier about things hopefully spent more time investigating the what’s and where’s before buying. We also could have moved somewhere without all the community amenities, HOA’s, CC&Rs and simply did our “own thing” on our property.
    We moved here knowing the community was run by other human beings doing their very best to keep us all happy. Well….that won’t ever happen I suppose; but it would be nice if there was a lot less grumbling and more smiling and enjoying life.

  13. Cheryl Bell says:

    I heard it costs close to half a million a year to do this the very tall ones with a few prawns on top are not attractive. I am a golfer and the talk from most of my friends is get rid of half of them. Also several years ago a LOT of sage etc. were removed along Deer Valley and on the golf courses – example – when you leave Palm Ridge Rec. Ctr.turning onto Williams there are so many sage. I couldn’t even see to make a left turn. Happened to see the person in charge of a landscape crew. He said they would cut them down took 2 men 2 days, the sage are lined up so close and so many. I wonder why we don’t thin these areas …it’s our money being spent.

  14. …some concern about the Palm trees…maybe 1% of the population? Let’s applaud the many volunteers who do so much of the trimming along R.H.J. particularly…As for thanks, I do thank them and they should be regularly recognized!

  15. I totally agree with the “B” s. The grounds are beautifully cared for. Some folks need to be more appreciative.

  16. I read somewhere that palm trees that look like “paintbrushes” have been overpruned.
    Have our wonderful landscapers been trained to prune these tall palms correctly?

  17. Multimedia says:

    Hello Diane, our employees don’t trim the palms, we hire a specialized tree contractor for that work, to ensure it’s done safely and properly. Thanks for writing.

  18. Multimedia says:

    Hi Cheryl. The Prides have been working on overgrown areas of sage off and for the past couple of years. Our environmental services staff assists as needed, plus our crews also trim/thin areas such as the one you mention as they are noticed. As far as your idea to remove “half of” our palm trees, we don’t have plans to start removing palms as a general rule. Having said that, when we make changes to landscape, such as the ongoing facelift at R.H. Johnson, the removal of palm trees is considered and undertaken. Note: what we spend trimming our palms each summer is a far, far cry from the “half a million a year” you heard somewhere, so you can rest assured. Thanks for writing, we appreciate your input.

  19. Theresa says:

    We are not permanent residents yet, as we have not retired. We recently visited our home at the end of June and marveled at all the improvements. Even though it was 113 during our stay, we enjoyed the pool at Palm Ridge, the walking track at R.H. Johnson and the golf course at Trail Ridge. The community was well maintained and we are looking forward to a few years from now when we can be here full time.
    Thanks to all those that work so hard to keep Things looking beautiful.

  20. BILL HUGHEY says:

    I HAVE AN ARTICLE WRITTEN BY A MASTER GARDNER WHO AT THAT TIME WAS AT PORA. IN THE ARTICLE SHE QUOTES EXPERTS IN SAYING THAT THE PALM TREES GET NOURISHMENT FROM THE PALMS AND ONLY THE TAN AND BROWN PALMS SHOULD BE REMOVED. IT IS FOR THE GOOD OF THE TREE. THE WAY THEY ARE TRIMMED ADDS NOTHING TO THE
    BEAUTY OF THE COURSE.THEY LOOK LIKE TELEPHONE POLES. I KNOW THOSE IN CHARGE ARE AWARE OF THE NEED TO TRIM LESS BUT FOR SOME REASON CONTINUE TO DO SO AND WASTE MONEY AND POTENTIAL UPGRADE OF BEAUTY ON THE COURSES. WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO WASTE MONEY AND REMOVE POTENTIAL BEAUTY IS AMAZING TO ME AND MY FRIENDS.

  21. I COMMENTED YESTERDAY AND YOU ERASED IT. WHY WAS THIS DONE AND WHAT IS THE PHONE NUMBER I CAN CALL IN SCW TO ATTEMPT TO EXPRESS MY VIEW ON THE UGLY PALM TREES ON THE GOLF COURSE.

  22. RCSCW PR says:

    Hi Bill. Thank you for your comment. There are many schools of thought on palm tree trimming. We hire professional trimmers who charge per tree. It doesn’t matter how much they take off the top. Over the years, we have determined how much to have taken off based on the health of our trees and the overall feedback from the entire community. Obviously some residents prefer lighter trimming, some heavier trimming, but we have found a happy medium works best for most residents and the health of the trees.

  23. RCSCW PR says:

    Hi Bill. We didn’t erase your comment. We were short-handed yesterday and didn’t get a chance to respond to all the comments. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

  24. Ruth Mayerhofer says:

    I join the B’s comment: Thank you RCSCW and volunteers for all you do to keep our community looking beautiful. The Palm Trees add to the beauty of the community. I get tired of hearing all the moaning and groaning, some people are never satisfied, never have been and never will be. Sun City West is the best in the West – be happy, be grateful and get into life.

    We want to say THANK YOU to all of you who work so hard to get and keep our community looking fabulous. We will never all agree on what is or isn’t being done or what should or shouldn’t be done. But we all did move here by our own choice seeing and knowing what was here. Those who are pickier about things hopefully spent more time investigating the what’s and where’s before buying. We also could have moved somewhere without all the community amenities, HOA’s, CC&Rs and simply did our “own thing” on our property.
    We moved here knowing the community was run by other human beings doing their very best to keep us all happy. Well….that won’t ever happen I suppose; but it would be nice if there was a lot less grumbling and more smiling and enjoying life.

  25. Multimedia says:

    Thank you Ruth for your positivity, we’re glad you love it here in Sun City West!

  26. IF ANYONE THINKS THAT A PALM TREE CLIPPED AS YOU WANT (VERY FEW PALMS REMAIN) ADDS ANY BEAUTY TO THE GOLF COURSES I WOULD BE AMAZED. THE STATEMENT THAT YOU PAY BY THE TREE AND WOULD NOT MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN HOW MUCH THEY CUT YEARLY IS NONSENSE. if YOU DECIDE TO CUT ONLY THE BROWN AND YELLOW, AS RECOMMENDED BY THOSE IN THE KNOW, IT WOULD GREATLY DECRESS THE TIME SPENT ON EACH TREE AND YOU SURELY CAN REGOTIATE THE PRICE. IF NOT, FIND SOME NEW TREE TRIMMERS. I AM SURE THERE AR MANY LOOKING FOR WORK. IF AFTER A COUPLE OF YEARS YOU ARE ENCOURAGED BY OUR CITIZENS TO GO BACK TO THE UGLY CUT THEN DO SO AND THE H— WITH IT.

  27. Multimedia says:

    Thank you for the input Bill.

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