Desert Landscaping

If you live in an area where desert landscaping is a necessity, you may only see large lawns at the golf course. Cities and counties that discourage those lawns and some will even pay you to remove them when the sole purpose is to conserve water.

Water is a valuable asset and a green lawn is not even a necessity. If you live in an area that is experiencing a drought it will be worth your effort to contact a landscape professional. They know the area, and know which plants are indigenous and you will easily be able to maintain them in natural environment.

There are many ways to conserve and many ways where your plants will thrive in sandy soil. When you add heat and wind to that mix the need increases for you to find the correct balance between nature and your water bill.

Hedges and natural plants like cactus and yucca will be an added benefit because they do not need a great deal of water, and many flowering plants like lilies and poppies fall in that category as well. Often you can plant the flowers in planters where the water is absorbed directly onto the roots with no waste.

Another way to beat the heat and water consumption is to have the landscape professional install timed irrigation drip systems. They only water at precise times, like early morning or evenings and you have no runoff and no evaporation in the heat of the day.

Stone pathways surrounded with those indigenous plants create beautiful yards with perennials like oleander, bougainvillea and even juniper. Install small window planters inside or out that conserve as well and you still have the benefit of beautiful living flowers in your dry waterless space.

A few basic options you need to follow in order to sustain the long summer months will be to water in the early morning or late afternoon after the sun has retreated. Try to check to see if your plants even need water by checking the soil. Some plants only need watering weekly especially in the fall and winter months. Others go dormant in those months and need no water.

If you have a great deal of concrete for walkways or driveways, remember those areas reflect the heat instead of absorbing it. It’s actually hotter in
those areas, and may even raise the temperature around your home. A little common sense goes a long way and when you hire a professional landscaper you’ll be dollars ahead.