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Summer Water Saving Tips & Secrets

Posted on June 3, 2020 at 6:12 pm Chris Jackman / 53

We live differently in the desert than in other parts of the world. We hibernate during the summer, staying inside as much as possible, and spend our winter months playing outside and sleeping with the windows open. We normally have an overabundance of sunlight, and in the summer a giant wall of dust is often Read More

Summer Garden

Dos and Don’ts for a Splendid Summer Garden

Posted on May 28, 2020 at 8:47 pm Chris Jackman / 53

As we experience uncertain times in a world that has drastically changed, we are definitely getting a lot more done at home. Shelves are organized, refrigerators are clean, and now it’s time to start looking at the backyard. That large corner on the far end of your yard has become nothing more than a catch-all Read More

cool down your backyard with shade structures

Spectacular Shade Structures for Your Yard

Posted on May 21, 2020 at 6:38 pm Chris Jackman / 53

With all the changes that have gone on in the world lately, it should be comforting noticing the things that never change, except, of course, if you’re talking about summer weather! Even though the calendar pages have barely flipped over into May, we desert dwellers know summer has arrived, and boy is it HOT! It Read More

Transform Your Yard

5 Water Features to Transform Your Yard

Posted on April 23, 2020 at 7:52 pm Chris Jackman / 53

Not every yard can grace the cover of our favorite home and garden magazine, but we would all love to have an outdoor space that others would consider cover-worthy. As you stare out onto the barren landscape that surrounds your home, you can quickly become discouraged. You don’t deserve this desolate yard, but you may Read More

Advanced Pool Design Options

Advanced Pool Design Options

Posted on April 10, 2020 at 7:44 pm Chris Jackman / 53

Planning a pool is one of the greater joys in life, even if you are just going for the basic options, because you know that at the end of construction, your ordinary backyard will turn into an oasis of cool—at least for most of the summer! Being able to swim under the night sky will Read More

Planting and Caring for Fruit Trees

Planting and Caring for Fruit Trees

Posted on April 6, 2020 at 7:26 am Chris Jackman / 53

If you’re not from Arizona originally, you may have been surprised by the prevalence of palm trees and fruit trees that dot our landscape, thinking as most people do that both belong in the tropics. After you’ve been here awhile, you get used to it, however, and may begin to consider that adding fruit trees Read More

Getting Your Yard Ready for Spring

End of Winter Tasks – Getting Your Yard Ready for Spring

Posted on March 10, 2020 at 6:54 pm Chris Jackman / 53

When you notice that you are no longer driving to and from work under the cloak of darkness, it quickly becomes apparent that winter in Arizona (such as it is) is ending and spring is quietly waiting in the wings for her turn to shine. And although we know that spring won’t last for long—the Read More


Rockscaping Options for Your Yard

Posted on March 9, 2020 at 7:11 pm Chris Jackman / 53

There are so many imaginative and creative ways to design a landscape, but sometimes it’s the simplest designs that can create the largest impact. A desert landscape, a garden of wildflowers, or a rockscape that is earthy, natural, and offers a modern twist can be all you need to create a yard that all the Read More

Update Your Landscaping

How to Update Your Landscaping to a More Modern Style

Posted on February 20, 2020 at 9:20 pm Chris Jackman / 53

Even the best of yards can appear to be outdated and lackluster after a time. What is popular today doesn’t always stand the test of time! Of course, there’s something to be said for the timeless beauty of an old English garden, complete with hedges and garden benches, but we live in the desert, and Read More

Novice Gardeners

Common Mistakes Made by Novice Gardeners

Posted on February 20, 2020 at 6:48 pm Chris Jackman / 53

There are many things in life that only improve with practice: driving, cooking, and although it looks easy, gardening. A beautiful garden is a sight to behold, overflowing with beautiful flowers, plants, and the occasional vegetable. We see them in the yards of our friends, our family, our neighbors, and we rush out to replicate Read More