Summer Water Saving Tips & Secrets

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 spotted moving towards the valley. And because we recognize water as being more precious than gold, we have had to learn how to thrive on less in our gardens, our yards, and even in our homes! At New Image Landscape and Pools, we don’t believe you have to have a sterile and boring landscape even when you lessen your water usage. This guide to summer water saving secrets will help you with your mission to conserve more and still have the yard and garden of your dreams.

Explore the Beauty of Cacti

You live in the desert, so there’s no reason to feel ashamed of having a desert landscape. Cacti come in an extensive variety of shapes, sizes, and colors! From the signature cactus of Arizona, the massive saguaro, to the Blossfeldia liliputana—the smallest cactus in the world, measuring just millimeters across—this beautiful and water saving plant can make a distinctive presence in your yard. For those who want flowers, many cacti bloom in the spring, and for those who are worried about their children getting hurt, there are varieties that don’t have any stickers at all! Start your yard with a base of gravel, then plant a saguaro in the front corner, a few barrel cacti over in the back corner, and in place of a fence, plant a row of Mexican fence post cacti along the boundary between your yard and your neighbor’s for privacy!

Hardy Desert Plants

Of course, many of us are transplants from the Midwest, and the thought of a lush garden filled with plants and flowers makes our hearts beat a little faster! Fortunately, not all desert landscapes have to consist of crushed gravel, prickly cacti, and a few tumbleweeds doing their thing. There are many hardy desert plants that provide lush greenery and colorful blooms that last through most seasons! From the different varieties of sage plants to the cheerful beauty of a desert marigold, your yard can be as verdant and lush as an English garden with these water saving tips!

Accentuate with Hardscape

Building a gazebo, adding a shed, or even constructing a retaining wall in hillier locations may not seem like a water saving technique, until you consider that the more hardscape items that are in your yard, the less green space is left for gardens or grass! There’s no need to water your summer kitchen and painting a gazebo a cheerful barn red can provide the color you crave without necessitating more watering!

Consider Artificial Turf

Today’s fake grasses are not the ones of your parent’s time. In many cases, it’s nearly impossible to tell the difference between real and fake! And because it doesn’t fade, flatten, or change in length, it doesn’t just save water, it also saves you from frustration as it saves you time. There are a few disadvantages to this type of turf, however, first and foremost being price—especially in comparison to the cost of seeding or even sod for the real stuff. Costing between $5 to $20 per yard (installed), it could be prohibitively expensive for a large yard, especially when you consider it’s not a forever choice. With proper care it can last up to 20 years, though, so if you’re planning on staying on your property for a lifetime, you might want to skip the artificial turf.

Invest in an Automatic Sprinkler System

These systems are lifesavers when it comes to saving time and keeping your yard and plants alive, but did you also know they are water saving devices? Owners can program the systems to allow for just the right amount of watering, ensuring not a drop of water is wasted, but that’s not the only ways these systems save money. Many systems detect rain and will turn off when Mother Nature is taking her turn at watering your grass and plants! Costing a little more at first, the benefits of being able to have a lush and verdant yard while manage to conserve one of our most precious resources cannot be appreciated enough!

Easy to Do Water Saving Tips

It may take a little extra planning at first, but saving water is an easy thing to do, and we can help you create a landscape that is both bountiful and water saving! Give us a call today and we will work together to ensure you get the yard of your dreams without wasting a drop of H2O.

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!

The Benefits of Astroturf for Your Home

A beautiful lawn is the single most important aspect to a landscape that looks lush and inviting. It can also be the most difficult aspect to create and maintain. A beautiful lawn requires consistent mowing, fertilization, and watering. But did you know that you can achieve this amazing look without all of the hassle of implementing real grass in your landscape? This is easily and affordably accomplished with Astroturf. There are countless reasons to make AstroTurf for your home a part of your landscape today!

Consistently Beautiful Grass

It often seems there is no way to keep an attractive lawn during the brutal summer months in the valley. Whether the grass is getting too much shade or it is simply being bullied by intense sunshine, it tends to become an unattractive yellow color. Both of these problems are things of the past when you have AstroTurf. As the lawn is artificial, it maintains the exact same beautiful green color and consistency regardless of any conditions that the Arizona seasons can throw at it. And there are many options in Astroturf design from the color to the texture, so you can make sure that the turf that goes in is perfect for your landscape and home.

Less Upkeep

From laying manure in the winter to constantly mowing in the summer, natural grass lawns require a lot of attention. When you make Astroturf a part of your landscape, you are bidding farewell to the countless hours of maintenance that you are used to. Think of all the time you have spent maintaining that natural lawn, and think about how it could be better spent enjoying a beautiful landscape in which the grass is always pristine. It is this benefit alone that has prompted so many to switch to AstroTurf. Artificial turf also allows for the ability to avoid the use of chemicals and pesticides in areas where your family spends time.

Lower Water Bills With Astroturf for Your Home

Your savings do not stop with avoided fertilizer, mowing, and manure expenses, but extend to your water bill. Your average natural grass lawn requires thousands of gallons of water every year. With Astroturf, you will notice the savings on your water bill every single month. It is also good for the environment in which we live; it is a desert, after all.

With over 35 years of experience turning countless properties into desert oases, there is no one better to trust with your AstroTurf design and installation than the experts at New Image Landscape and Pools.