Recent Storm Damage
I can't believe the huge amount of damage the latest storm did to my neighborhood (Ahwatukee Foothills.) There are palo verdes and mesquite trees down all over the place! How about your areas? The news says that it was a microburst (the kind of wind that can bring down a jet liner.)
Personally, I had a limb break off my large southern live oak tree, but I'm thankful it wasn't more. Many clay tiles fell off my roof, as well.
Seems like mesquites have more negative qualities than positive, IMO. I had one that blew down years ago.
BTW, Sunset highly recommends hackberry trees due to their deep rooting and hardiness, but I don't see any planted around here. Has anyone else noticed any? There are several species hardy here, according to their book.