Luke Kalawsky has a passion for all things trees, plants, and landscape design. He has designed numerous landscapes as the head designer in the Surprise, Arizona region until he became a manager of our Central Phoenix Nursery. He now dedicates his knowledge, expertise, and creative capabilities to help the masses discover how to design, plant, and maintain their landscapes with his writings.
Think back through your childhood. When you sat under a large, shady tree eating an orange at half time during a soccer game. The tall trees that were climbed and how you were able to reach higher branches as you and the tree grew, eventually able to arrive at the top where you could survey your whole neighborhood. The grapefruit or peaches you picked off trees for an afternoon snack on your way home from school. These are the memories that make up our upbringing, and through each of them, trees were always there imparting the beauty and wonder of our natural surroundings. As a homeowner, you can ensure the same experiences with nature for your children by taking a few steps to incorporate these kid-friendly plants into your landscape.
A Yard for the Kids Today
You will want to plant trees and plants that encourage an environment of play. Planting some large shade trees in a sunny backyard will keep the kids focusing on their game of tag, football, or some other imaginary activity, instead of how hot it is outside, plus shade trees will help reduce cooling costs. Create a lush, tropical jungle with a myriad of palm varieties for the kids to take on the role of famous explorers and hunt for hidden treasures! You can turn a trip to your local Moon Valley Nursery into an educational field trip! Have the kids each pick a citrus tree and learn how to grow their own fruit while learning the numerous health benefits of citrus!
A Yard for the Kids Tomorrow
Prepare your yard now for your children’s teenage years. You can guarantee your home will be the place to be for your kids and their friends when your landscape features mature trees and plants. Plant palms and tropical flowering plants around a pool for epic pool parties in an oasis paradise. You can surround a fire pit, barbeque, or outdoor kitchen space with interesting plant life and trees for a stylish gathering spot that you’ll wish you had growing up! You can plant a sturdy Live Oak tree that will grow into the ideal family tree and is perfect for the kids to carve their name into the thick bark. Creating a space in your landscape for your kids to entertain their friends makes for a fun hangout spot for them while allowing you spend more time with them because they will want to be at the home.
A Yard for the Family Always
Planting trees with the family in mind establishes a lasting heirloom for your family. Trees grow along with you and your family. The same old shade tree you climbed as a child is the same one you might have sat under to do your high school homework, and the same one you could tie a tire swing to or build a tree house in for your own kids. Trees become part of the family, they carry the moments and memories that make your family what it is. Visit or call your local Moon Valley Nursery today and work with one of our professional landscape designers to begin planting a yard the will delight your children and generations to come!