Enjoy grilling in your Arizona yard before its too late

Backyard Barbecue Season Is Almost Over!

Posted on April 15, 2021 at 5:31 pm Chris Jackman / 76

As temperatures rise nearly to 100 degrees, you may be beginning to realize that your dreams of backyard barbecues enjoyed with family may have to wait another year to be realized. Summer comes fast and strong and hot, and we desert rats try to limit our outdoor activities during this season. And yet, the thought Read More

Enjoy a new pool this summer in Arizona

Build Your Dream Pool in Time for Summer

Posted on March 25, 2021 at 5:10 pm Chris Jackman / 76

The weather may not quite show how close we are coming to summer, but you know it is not far off as the sun stays up longer, the mornings begin to warm up before noon, and the walk from your office to your car is pleasant. These awesome days of spring will not last forever, Read More

Your choice of Arizona flowers can attract butterflies and more to your garden

Desert Flowers That Bloom in the Spring

Posted on March 15, 2021 at 6:52 pm Chris Jackman / 76

To be perfectly honest, the seasons don’t change all that much in the desert, and in many ways the months just past in a blur of summer, early summer, late summer, what in the world were we thinking of moving here summer, and oh my gosh, now I remember why we feel lucky to live Read More

use citrus trees to add color to your desert landscaping

Ideas for Desert Landscaping in the Backyard

Posted on March 15, 2021 at 6:15 pm Chris Jackman / 76

As you drive through many of the neighborhoods in the Valley of the Sun, you often find yard after yard filled with lush green grass, making it difficult to believe you are actually in the desert. But during your travels, you may have discovered there are still quite a few houses that offer a desert Read More

There's amazing grass choices for prepping your yard for spring

Get Your Grass Yard Ready for Spring

Posted on February 22, 2021 at 10:58 pm Chris Jackman / 76

Whether you are ready for it or not, spring is just around the corner, and we desert dwellers tend to have a love/hate relationship with the season. We love the warmer days, but we also know that the heat of summer is not far behind! But this season is still the season of growth and Read More

Check out our guide to watering in the winter in Arizona

How Much Watering Should You Do in Winter?

Posted on February 3, 2021 at 5:47 pm Chris Jackman / 76

In many areas of the country, the winter months offer a respite from the gardening chores that take up so much of our time in summer, spring, and fall, and as the snow falls gently to the ground, blanketing our yards and gardens in white, we watch warm and happy from the window in our Read More

cauliflower is just one of the many edible plants that grow well in the winter

Edible Plants That Grow Well in Winter

Posted on January 19, 2021 at 5:23 pm Chris Jackman / 76

If you have recently moved here from less hot and dry places, you may be thinking that your gardening days are over—especially if you have only experienced summer in the desert! It can be hard to imagine anything growing in this hot and arid region as the temperatures rise to incineration levels, the blacktop on Read More

Roses are just one of the many Arizona plants to give color to your landscape

Plants That Add Color to Your Desert Landscape

Posted on January 4, 2021 at 8:22 pm Chris Jackman / 76

Do you remember your first glimpse of a desert landscape when you first moved to the valley? Chances are, if not done right, you might have set there for a minute or two feeling the disappointment in your soul as you wondered if you had made a massive mistake! Having come here from the verdant Read More

Find out ways to help your Arizona trees survive the winter

How to Keep Your Trees Alive Through a Dry Winter

Posted on December 28, 2020 at 4:59 pm Chris Jackman / 76

Yes, we live in a desert, and yes we know that desert living does not include a lot of rain, but this year has definitely been drier than most! In our household, we can only remember one good storm over the summer, and many of our neighbors in other parts of the valley are wishing Read More

Check out a wide variety of lighting options this winter

Unique Lighting Options for Your Backyard

Posted on December 9, 2020 at 6:47 pm Chris Jackman / 76

As the end of the year approaches, this is the time in which we spend a majority of our minutes outside enjoying the beauty of the season, even if this year has been far hotter than previous years! We dine out on the patio, we sit by the pool under the full moon, and if Read More