3 Tips to Make Your Arizona Landscape Stand Out

The exterior of your home says a lot about you as a property owner. The landscaping on your property has the potential to make your home more aesthetically pleasing while also offering a number of practical benefits. If you are looking for ways to make your landscape more appealing, here are three tips that can easily make your Arizona landscape stand out.

Colorful Shrubbery & Plants

There is something very appealing about a splash of color on your property. Adding lots of green trees and shrubs offers something to look at on the grounds. During the changing of the seasons, the addition of trees and shrubbery is especially noticeable and attractive. They also offer much needed shade and privacy. The addition of plants on the front and back of a property adds curb appeal and interest. Consider planting flowers that have varying blooming times. This ensures that you will always have foliage no matter the time of year. Make sure to properly care for your grass as your brown, dry grass is an eyesore.

Add Some Water

Adding a fountain or even a small bird bath is an excellent way to add dimension to your Arizona landscape. When considering the addition of a fountain, make sure that it is scaled for your landscape. You don’t want the fountain to be too big as it will take away from other aspects of your landscape. Likewise, you don’t want the fountain to be too small because it will get lost in the landscape. Also, consider using natural materials for your fountain as this will allow the fountain to blend in nicely among other portions of the property. Try using materials that are already incorporated into the exterior of the property whenever possible.

Lighting is Beneficial to Your Arizona Landscape

Lighting is a necessity to sure the safety and security of your property. It is also serves the purpose of accenting various areas of your landscape. Strategically placed lighting can make a major difference in the appearance of the exterior of your home. Consider using lighting for your walkway as well as to accent the front of your property. Lighting is also useful for creating ambiance such as creating lighting around a deck or patio or showing off features within a landscape such as rock formations or plant beds.

If you feel that your landscape could use a makeover, New Image Landscape and Pools can help. With over 35 years of experience, we have the expertise to help you create a visually and functionally appealing landscape. For more information on improving your existing landscape, visit our website or contact us directly at 480-654-4422.

5 Ways to Achieve a Southwestern Desert Garden in Arizona

Southwestern desert garden in Arizona are as beautiful as they are unique. A combination of rocks, desert plants, and flowering cactus can really make your garden pop. If you are interested in creating a southwestern desert garden in your yard, follow these simple steps to achieve a beautiful garden.

Place Exciting Plants Where They’ll Be Seen

Place large, big-money plants in areas of your yard where they will be seen. These plants can act as a centerpiece for your landscaping, or you can use them to frame the entryway to your home. Plants like the beaked yucca can grow up to 14 feet tall and are visually stunning.

Use Plants with Seasonal Variety

There are two types of plants: perennials, which look the same year-round; and annuals, which change with the season. Planting a mix of both perennials and annuals with help keep your garden looking good all year long. Annual plants will keep your garden looking alive year-round and perennials will add a splash of color during the changing seasons.

Prickly pear cactus is a common perennial that grows in the Southwest. During the spring, the cactus sprouts yellow flowers. Once the flowers die they turn into red colored fruits and during the winter the paddles of the cactus turn to purple. These bright colors really stand out against the desert background and can help your yard pop with color.

Landscape with Native Plants

Arizona doesn’t get a lot of rain, so the best type of plants to use for your landscaping is native, drought-tolerant varieties. These plants will be able to survive the harsh climate, will require less watering and maintenance, and will make your yard look healthy and alive all year long. Honey mesquite, gray desert spoon, turpentine bush, and creosote bush are all plants that grow well in this environment. They have small leaves, which helps the plants retain moisture.

Add Architectural Elements

Architectural elements can give your yard some depth and variety in height. Stucco-walled beds can create terraces in your yard which are a great way to make your yard more appealing. Different heights of plants, such as vertical plants like the yucca, can be planted in the beds below the raised terraces. Shorter shrub plants like dwarf oleanders look good in the taller stucco-walled beds and provide pops of color during the winter. Plants that flower will really stand out against the neutral colors of the stucco-walled beds.

Don’t Plant Grass

Grass requires a lot of water, maintenance, and can look out of place in your desert garden in Arizona. Instead, use a bed of chat to surround your plants. You can also strategically place large rocks such as lava rocks to add an additional element to your garden.

Help with Your Desert Garden in Arizona

If you would like help planning out your garden or are looking for maintenance services for your existing garden, contact us today. We have been providing lawn maintenance and design in Arizona for more than 30 years. Our specialty is in southwestern gardening and we would love to help you create your ideal desert garden.

Artificial Grass Benefits

Whether you don’t have the time to keep up the proper maintenance on your yard or you are sick of watering your lawn every day, you may want to consider switching to artificial grass. Artificial lawns can save you time and money and they look great year-round. Here are some of the benefits of switching to an artificial lawn.

Artificial Grass Saves Water

Artificial lawns save a ton of water. In Arizona, especially during the summer, you need to water your lawn daily to make sure it stays alive and looking well. An artificial lawn doesn’t need water, which will help keep your water bill down, and you won’t have to worry about your yard dying if you forget to water it for a few days.

Artificial Grass Is Low Maintenance

Our artificial grass requires almost no maintenance to keep it looking good. You will never have to mow your lawn again, and you can get rid of all the grass seed and fertilizer in your garage if you decide to make the switch to artificial lawns. While artificial lawns aren’t zero maintenance, the upkeep is minimal and only includes washing down your lawn if it looks dusty or dirty and raking up any large debris.

Artificial Grass Spaces Are Environmentally Friendly

In general, artificial lawns are more environmentally friendly than live lawns. Artificial grass does not require water to stay alive, so you don’t have to feel guilty watering your lawn during a drought, and they do not require fertilizer to stay alive. Live lawns sometimes need fertilizer to look healthy year-round, and this fertilizer can release potentially toxic chemicals into the environment. Artificial lawns do not require lawn mowing, so you also reduce your environmental impact by not turning on your gasoline-powered mower.

Your Yard Will Look Beautiful Year Round

The summers in Arizona are hot, but during the winter temperatures at night can cool down, which means you may need to plant two different types of grass seeds to make your lawn look good year-round. With an artificial lawn, you will save both time and money since you can skip the need to overseed your lawn each winter.

Artificial Grass Will Save You Time and Money

Artificial lawns do not require as much maintenance as live lawns, which means you will spend a lot less money on fertilizer, grass seed for your lawn, and gasoline for your lawnmower. Less maintenance also means you have more time to spend with your family instead of spending time keeping your lawn alive.

Artificial Grass Services

We have been in the landscaping business in Arizona for more than 30 years and can provide all of the services you need for your garden spaces, from planning to installation and upkeep. If you would like to learn more about getting an artificial lawn for your home, please contact New Image today!

Gardening in Arizona Frequently Asked Questions

When people first move here from eastern states, they frequently get excited about the entire Southwest lifestyle. They eat tacos on Mondays (not just Tuesdays!), buy stucco homes and decorate the inside and outside with statues of howling coyotes, and cover the ground with tiny sand colored rocks and plant only cacti. This all or nothing approach to gardening, however, can soon become sterile and hostile feeling, and they begin to miss the welcoming warmth of their hometown gardens they left behind. If this describes you, or you are just new to the gardening world, these FAQs about gardening in Arizona will help clear the way to creating an inviting garden in the desert that can be enjoyed by all!

Is It Possible to Have a Colorful Flower Garden That is Still Drought Tolerant?

Water is a precious resource in the desert, and it is important to consider the impact of your garden’s watering system. Fortunately, it is totally possible to have beautiful flowers and reduce your water usage at the same time. Sage bushes—which come with a variety of colored flowers—firecracker penstemon, and the Angelita daisy are just a few of our beautiful, colorful, and drought resistant flowers.

Are There Other Trees That Survive as Well as Mesquite or Palm Trees?

The evergreen elm, a deciduous tree, does well in the Arizona heat, doesn’t require a lot of watering, AND becomes a beautiful shade of brilliant gold in the late fall. Olive trees, Australian bottle trees, and live oaks are just a sample of some of the trees you can add to your yard to create a lush and green landscape.

How Do I Avoid Spending All My Time Watering while Gardening in Arizona?

In the summer it’s too hot to spend a lot of time outdoors outside of your pool, and the rest of the year, you’re too busy. That’s ok, you can still have a vibrant garden filled with colorful flowers just by installing a drip system that connects to your already existing sprinkler system.

How Can I Maintain an Outdoor Garden When I Can’t Keep My Indoor Plants Alive?

This is an easy one: Consider hiring New Image Landscape and Pools for your lawn maintenance and floriculture needs! We can create a warm and welcoming landscape and garden (with your input, of course!), and do the maintenance as well, to ensure your gardening in Arizona lives long and prospers! Give us a call today and let’s start the process of creating an exterior landscape that is as inviting as your interior!

5 Features to Add to Your Yard in 2018

 Your home is your oasis, and you want the exterior to reflect that fact as much as the interior already does. What better time to start than now? 2018 is just starting, and what your future holds is yet to be revealed, so why not take this time to make sure your landscape offers that peaceful escape you’ve always dreamed it could be? We’ve looked into our crystal balls and determined that the five following yard features are going to be the hottest landscaping trends in 2018, allowing you to create a yard that all your neighbors will be envious of!

Low Maintenance Sustainability

Water is a prized commodity in the desert, so why should you create a garden filled with water sucking plants and flowers when you can just as easily create a lush landscape of green flora and colorful plants that DON’T require excessive amounts of water to keep them healthy? Drought tolerant plants are the wave of the future, requiring less water and less maintenance while still providing a lush appearance.

Simple and Sturdy

The use of hardscapes yard features in your exterior landscaping is still popular, but 2018 is going to be about natural, quality materials designed to last for decades. Stone and wood pergolas offer an eye-catching spot for your outdoor kitchen that will last far longer than some of the blingier models that were more popular in past years.

Water Features

There’s a reason lake and ocean vacations are one of the hottest landscaping trends: The sound of the water is music to our ears! When you add a water feature to your backyard oasis, you can feel a sense of serenity enveloping you like a big hug. From fountains to koi ponds to waterfalls for your pool, the peace you gain from your water feature is one of the most popular 2018 trends.

Bringing the Inside Out

When you live in a climate with more sunny days than not, it’s a given that you will want to spend as much time outside as you do inside—if not more! 2018 is going to be the year of the outdoor kitchen, outdoor living area, and who knows, maybe the outdoor bedroom as well!

Eco-Friendly Yards

As we venture further into this still-new millennium, we have moved green living to the forefront, and 2018 is no exception. Using easily replenished materials such as bamboo instead of wood, planting food gardens instead of flowers, and veering away from grassy yards that are water wasting allergens are just some of the ways you can go green for 2018. Schedule an appointment with us today and discover all the new ways eco-friendly landscapes can change our world for the better!

Tips for a Healthy Lawn

Every year when the mercury rises, you feel the call: burgers sizzling on the grill, the sound of kids playing in the pool, the cracking of another cold one being opened up. You just need to get outside and enjoy yourself! But if there’s one thing that can ruin your outdoor events (even more than overcooked burgers), it’s a backyard full of dead, brown, unsightly patches of grass covering your backyard! A healthy lawn will help turn your backyard into a party paradise in the summer months. Here are a couple of healthy lawn tips to help make sure your lawn is looking as green as it can be, no matter how hot it gets.

Feed Regularly

Just like any plant, grass has to eat! It’s simply not enough to place lawn feed down when you first plant your grass and expect it to stay healthy for very long. Within a few weeks of your first feeding, the microbes in the soil have more than likely processed and absorbed all of the nutrients they can, and so you need to make sure you feed it again so that grass can keep growing!

Make Sure to Water, But Not Too Much!

One of the biggest myths that many people have when taking care of their lawns is that they have to water it every single day or it’ll die; this is not the case at all! A good summer lawn care tip is this: If you frequently water your grass with only small amounts at a time, you’re actually encouraging your grass to grow short roots, which during droughts, can cause them to stress out and die. Instead, opt for more infrequent waterings that are deeper (an inch of water a week for example), and you’ll notice a big difference in no time.

Don’t Cut It Too Short

Staying on the topic of root lengths in our list of summer lawn care tip , you really want your grass roots to grow as long as possible, so they are healthier and get more nutrients. Besides watering, one of the ways that you can encourage this is to mow your grass high. Longer grass equals longer roots, and longer roots can reach deeper into the earth to find moisture on even the most scorching days. It’s a small adjustment that can pay huge dividends!

These are just a few of the top healthy lawn tips that you can use to ensure that your lawn is as healthy as possible. Remember: don’t ruin a great outdoor party by having an unsightly lawn. Take care of your lawn, and it’ll take care of you!

5 Ways to Get your Landscape Ready for the Season

As the weather gets dreary and the nights get cold, taking care of your yard is never more important. You need to think of winter as your off-season in your annual landscaping game plan. With the right game plan, you can prepare your landscaping for the upcoming cold weather months to ensure that you are set up for the beautiful arrival of spring!

Aerate your lawn now

One major winter lawn care tip is this: Your lawn will fare winter’s weather best and come back with more vitality in the spring if you aerate while it is still green. Give your lawn some breathing room as it transitions into the cold season. Fall aeration breaks up the dry, compacted soil, allowing water and nutrients to reach the roots. Watering your lawn by hand during the dry winter months can help it green-up faster in spring.

Seed your lawn during Fall

A proper lawn care formula for success: fall aeration and overseeding helps to fill in bare spots to provide a thick green lawn. It also helps make your lawn less susceptible to disease by introducing a variety of hardy grass types.

Condition the soil beneath your lawn

Proper lawn care means caring for the soil beneath it as well. Soil conditioner will green up your lawn and help eliminate brown spots.

Fertilize your trees

As soils cool down and become more uniformly moist, tree and shrub growth resumes in the fall, making it the perfect time to fertilize trees. Fall fertilization increases the productivity of soil, both in increasing nutrient availability and encourages root growth. Trees and shrubs with a healthy productive root system are far more likely to overwinter with fewer dead branches and increased spring growth.

Cut down the stems of your perennials

Once temperatures hit the freezing mark and plants die back, cut back the stems of your perennials to within an inch or two of the ground. Later in the fall, consider adding light mulch such as hay, straw or pine needles. Renew the top few inches of mulch in your flowerbeds to protect perennials from the hard freezes. Keep mulch around trees looking more like a doughnut and less like a volcano. This will discourage critters from digging in and feasting on the tree.

These are just some of the basics from New Image Landscape and Pools to help you get started on your winter lawn care tip game plan!

5 Ways to Make Yard Work Easier

There’s something wonderful about driving home each evening to a beautiful home and a yard filled with mature trees, happy flowers, and the warm feeling of a personal oasis. You see the tree in the center of your yard and remember when it was a newly planted sapling commemorating the birth of your first child. The rosebush under the window is a colorful and aromatic reminder of your 10th anniversary gift to your wife, as is the simple wood bench that sits on the front porch welcoming friends, neighbors, and family to sit down and stay awhile.

The downside to all this lush beauty, however, is the work that goes into keeping it look neat, orderly, and inviting. Some weekends, it feels as if all you have done is yard work, which makes the next week seem to last even longer. The good news is that we are here to help you spend more time enjoying your yard and less time working in it!

Use the Proper Tools

The worst part of yard work is the constant bending, kneeling, and pulling that can lead to pain in muscles not used to manual labor, but if you use tools like a standing weed puller, aerator shoes (strap them on your boots and walk casually around the lawn), or even a WORX Robotic Lawn Mower, you can get the job done quickly and painlessly!

Eliminate Hand Watering

With a timer and a bubbler system, you can give all your plants the correct amount of water with no effort; the timer turns the water off and on!

Construct Garden Paths That Can be Mowed Over

Trimming with a weed eater takes a lot of time, and many people build their garden paths in ways that trimming is the only way to keep the path neat. Use path materials that you can place no more than an inch above ground (solid pieces of rock work best) and can be mowed over quickly and easily.

Fertilize Once a Year

Many people tend to fertilize once in the spring and once in the fall. Stick to fall fertilizing and spend more time poolside in the spring!

Hire a Landscape Service

Let’s face it, most of us lead full and busy lives, and we don’t have the time or energy to take care of our yards the way we would like. New Image Landscape and Pools takes the work out of yard work by doing it all for you! Schedule an appointment with us today and discover the easiest way of keeping your yard looking inviting!

The Top Winter Flowers of Arizona

If you are a transplanted Easterner, you may be reading this with a touch of skepticism. Your prior winter flower choices have always been limited to holly bushes and poinsettias. Isn’t it great that your new home state offers so many more choices? Winter is our favorite time of year, and the flowers that fill the gardens of the homes in the area are one of the major reasons why! How can you not be happy when you come home each day to these smiling and colorful winter flowers that grace your gardens and add curb appeal to your desert oasis?

Marigold

The yellow and orange shades of the classic marigold offer a friendly smile to neighbors and families when placed in beds in your front yard. These hardy plants take the full Arizona (winter) sun and require very low maintenance! We like to put bubblers on ours for watering purposes, but we can’t deny that there is something zen about watering by hand, so the choice is yours. Just remember: They are true desert plants and don’t need a lot of hydration!

Geranium

The common geranium is a quick and easy way to add a touch of drama to your outside landscape. The bright red contrasts beautifully against the green of your grass and the more neutral colors of the typical southwestern home, and their blooms will last until the heat of summer, if planted during prime planting times of April through September.

Sweet Alyssum

When looking for something simple and pure, the sweet alyssum, with its lacy white flowers that resemble the baby’s breath you often find in floral bouquets, is a local favorite. Also appearing in pink and blue, its delicate appearance belies its strength; their blooms will last from October through May. The only negative to this bloom is its thirstiness, as water comes at a premium in the desert, and the sweet alyssum takes a lot to grow well.

Snapdragon

Growing as tall as 36 inches, these charming and colorful blooms make a dramatic statement in a floral arrangement, either inside or waving cheerily outside your desert home. Plant a bed of all one color, or go a little crazy and mix and match a bunch of all colors. We’re partial to the red ones, but you have a choice of purple, pink, yellow, and white as well.

There’s Nothing Like a Phoenix Winter

If you’re thinking your landscape is looking a bit barren, give us a call and schedule an appointment with us today! New Image Landscape and Pools can help make the outside of your home look as beautiful as your interior!

How to Make Your Pool High-Tech!

Technology can be a wonderful thing. It can make our chores easier and allow us to spend more time enjoying our technology-driven playthings and less time maintaining them. Take your average backyard pool, for example. In the old days, we were lucky to have a kidney shaped pool with a single light and a single-phase pump circulating the pool, with no more than a 1.0 or 1.5 horsepower motor. Today’s technology, however, offers bells and whistles you never dreamed of, with most actions being controlled by a single app on your phone, computer, or tablet. Lower energy bills, colorful lights, and pools that clean themselves can be yours when you turn your pool into a smart pool with technology and automation.

Integrated into Your Smart Home System

A smart home plus a smart pool equals one very happy homeowner, and most automation systems will integrate with your smart home systems. The automation total control system will replace your traditional subpanel breaker box, with all the leading manufacturers making smart systems to automate their own equipment. Start with a variable speed pump, the latest and greatest ways to circulate, filter, and clean your pool while using less energy, thereby costing less money. These money savers are required by law in most states, including Arizona, California, and Nevada, and can be controlled by the smart app on your phone.

Robotic Pool Cleaners

The standard pool cleaners are water powered gadgets that randomly run around the pool only when the pump is circulating, but a robotic cleaner runs independent from the pool equipment, plugs into an outlet, maps out your pool, and never covers the same spot twice. They also do a better job at climbing and scrubbing the walls; the only downside is they won’t connect to your smart pool app. Some cleaners do have their own separate app, however, and can cost you anywhere from $800 to $1800 depending on the sophistication of the unit.

LED Lighting & Water Features

Advances in pool technology have also improved the lighting and water feature areas of your pool. LED lighting connects to your pool app and offers a variety of colors and modes that can be set to go on and off with timers controlled by your app. Smaller accent lights can be used in shallower and darker areas of your pool, thus illuminating them better for nighttime swimming. Finally, LED sheer descents provide a glasslike waterfall effect, and LED-lighted jets offer a pool lighting show that will amaze and awe your family and friends!

Let New Image Landscape and Pools Help You Make Your Pool Life Easier

Give us a call and let’s start a conversation about how smart technology can change your life!