Installing a Desert Landscape
A beautiful and inviting landscape can be a welcome escape from our often hectic lives. Installing and maintaining a desert landscape with a balanced design, intriguing scents and textures, and year-round color may seem like a daunting and pricey task.
However, with a little research, lots of commitment, and a pinch of patience, you can install and maintain a low-water-use landscape that is not only aesthetically pleasing, but time- and money-saving. In addition, the City offers several rebate programs, water audits, workshops and informational materials to help its residents continue to conserve precious water for future use.
Why Choose Low-Water-Use Landscaping?
There are numerous advantages of low-water-use landscaping, including:
Using less water on landscaping saves money
Plants can handle Arizona’s alkaline soils without the need for extra fertilizer
A variety of plant colors, forms and textures to choose from
Plants grow stronger and look healthier than their high-water-use counter parts
Before purchasing plants for your landscape, be sure to choose the right plant for the right place. Consider the following:
Sun exposure and shade
Match mature size of plant to space available
Group plants with similar water needs
Plant characteristics, i.e. thorns near sidewalks
Bloom time for year-round color
Make a list of your desired plants and call your local nurseries to be sure they have the plants in stock. Remember that some plants may be seasonally stocked, and do not be afraid to ask the nursery to order the plants for you.
Remember these tips on plant selection: