We all know that there’s plenty of rumors and opinions about businesses, neighbors, “friends”, t
he community, HOA rules and more. There’s even a place for everyone to write their opinions for all to see in Sun City Festival (that’s been a blessing and a curse for some!)
Here’s some questions we’ve heard multiple times and want to supply some accurte answers:
Question: Can I replace a tree with a Saguaro in my yard?
YES! According to the SCF Community Standards, “Saguaro Cactus may replace one tree in front yard landscaping when there are more than two trees required. Palms may not be substituted for trees at any time.”
Question: I’d like to replace some frost sensitive plants with cactus and succulents that will remain green and growing year round. Can I do this?
YES! Again, according to the SCF Community Standards, “Cactus, flowers and succulents may replace shrubs on a like size basis.”
Question: Can I top my tree?
Simple answer, NO. This is not allowed in Sun City Festival nor is it healthy for your tree. Festival Landscaping will not offer this service to homeowners, but we can help you with a crown reduction if you’re interested. We trim trees according to the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). This is where Certified Arborists get their training from. If you have questions about this community standard, you can contact Karey Belanger, the Community Standards Director, at 928-252-2105, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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