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Monday, September 13, 2010

Desert Landscaping from A to Z!

Low maintenance desert landscaping near Scottsdale's Hidden Hills.
Are you a do-it-yourself landscaper? Many of us are. After all, how hard can it be to dig a hole and plant a plant?

If you’re like me, you’ve replaced a countless number of plants because they didn’t make it. Too much sun or too much shade. Maybe not enough water, or it was just too darn hot. I’ve learned growing a lush and inviting Arizona yard is much different here than in other parts of the country. Take it from me - you need to consult with the pros.

In these turbulent times, I’d rather not fork over my hard earned pesos for a landscaper unless absolutely necessary. But, at the same time - and with my schedule - I just don’t seem to have that much time to devote working on the yard. [Plus, sometimes we all just deserve a little down time now and then where we can chill and sip on an Arnold Palmer poolside.] So, is there an option?

I don’t have a gardener, and I don’t intend too, either! But, I still want a yard that is thriving with native desert plant life and lush flora. And, make that all year round, too! Is such a dream even possible?

Dramatic agave
Low maintenance desert landscaping can be easier than you think! I’ve stumbled across a terrific resource about desert plants – and it focuses on water conservation! The Arizona Municipal Water Association has devoted a great deal of time and energy to help people like me enjoy the true beauty of the Arizona desert. It’s like the Arizona almanac for desert plants – you’ll find a wealth of information on all sorts of trees, shrubs, ground covers, cactus, grasses, flowers and succulents. Information on how to plant them, how to care for them and tips to make them thrive. It’s a terrific resource and should be required reading for any Phoenix area home owner. Check it out.

Don’t get me wrong – I do break down and call a landscaper every once in awhile. A couple of times year, the crew stops by and trims my hard-to-reach trees, blows the debris and rakes my granite. Sort of like a seasonal clean-up, I guess you could say. But, now I’m the one to suggest what kind of plant would be a great candidate for that bare spot – the perfect plant to mask the block wall or add a fragrant aroma to my patio.
Blooming Jacaranda

Just because we live in the desert doesn’t mean we can’t have a vibrant landscape! Your desert yard can be a beautiful place any time of the year!

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