Out here in the desert we are encouraged to plant native shade trees. One way they do this is to offer discount trees from the local electric company. I pay $8 for a 3 foot, low water use tree and promise to plant it so that it will shade my house and lower my electric bills. I used this program last year to get a Desert Willow tree for the backyard of my house and I loved that tree. It grew very fast and the flowers were so pretty.
Now that I am living out here on my property I need more trees. I have been gathering seeds and baby trees from friends but I want to speed up the process a little. Since I have $60 of fun money (from my grocery gift card purchase yesterday) I think I will use some of it to buy trees. I want a Desert Willow, a Mesquite (hopefully thornless but not guaranteed), and an Ironwood. They will grow fast and soon produce more seeds so I can plant more and more and more! I can grow my own little desert forest!
Right now is a good time to get the little trees because I have plenty of water and it will rain often. Next year they won't need much water at all.