• 10 Tips For A Great Looking Landscape In The Desert

    September 9, 2016 | Blog | gpldev
  • A well planned landscape design goes a long way to a healthy, happy, and beautiful landscape in the future. Here are a few tips that can help ensure that whether you are on a board for a large master planned community or just want to have a nice and landscape to be proud of.

    First, the amount of knowledge you have  about caring for the trees, plants, and turf you plan to install or already have in your landscape is critical. Identify the species of the current plants, and trees in your landscape or in your landscape plan. Are they compatible in terms of water use? What are the exposure and growth habits that are typical for that particular species? Do you have the resources available to take care of the proposed turf, plant, and tree pallet?

    Resources to consider could be the irrigation and labor needs as well as the future needs that may be required of the landscape. Doing the research for those questions can save you hundreds of dollars if you are doing this for your own yard and thousands if you are managing a community landscape in form of irrigation costs and plant and tree replacement.

    Proper irrigation is critical for any landscape in the desert southwest. Where annual rainfall is a few inches a year, supplemental water is required for urban landscaping. Irrigation problems are the most common when it comes to landscape problems.

    I highly recommend having a professional install, audit and maintain your irrigation system.  A good irrigation technician is trained to look for problems. They also understand critical factors that can affect your landscape success such as Evapotranspiration Rates (ET) and irrigation uniformity by evaluating water distribution. Good water management is the most important thing to consider when maintaining or installing landscaping.

    Seasonal needs for turf, many plants and trees are important things to consider as well. Some plants do better than others when it is a particularly cold winter. Trees such as the Ficus tree cannot tolerate freezing temperatures and can sustain severe damage or even die if exposed to long freezing temperatures. Developing a plant and tree pallet of plants that are frost resistant should aid the landscape in staying beautiful throughout cold periods.

    There are also trees and plants that do better and look better in the harsh desert summers. These mainly consist mainly of native and desert adapted plant material and should be considered for a landscape that looks good all year long.

    Listen to the landscape professionals that tell you that trees and turf don’t mix. One of the biggest challenges is convincing HOA boards and homeowners that having a healthy bermuda lawn and large trees together is almost impossible or in the very least, super expensive.

    A newly planted bermuda lawn with new trees will more than likely look great for a few years until the trees become established and grow starting to produce shade. Bermuda grass does not do well under shade trees and will look bad every summer. The only solutions is replacing the sod every year or installing artificial turf.

    Neither option is economical and most people do not like to hear it when it becomes an issue. Planning for this in the beginning or having a succession plan to fix these areas with a more permanent, economic solution is important for an economical, sustainable, and nice looking landscape.

    Hiring certified professionals like those at Desert Classic Landscaping can make things much easier when it comes to having a well-managed landscape for commercial or an HOA community. Managing a back yard successfully is fairly easy with the tips suggested, but managing a larger landscape has many moving parts and can be frustrating for those serving as a board member, community manager or facilities director if the company they hire do not understand the horticultural practices needed for successful landscape management. For more information about this contact us.