Decorative Accent Lighting Tips for Your Home

During the winter, the shorter days darker may make your house look drab. This is especially important to address if you are trying to sell your home, as buyers will often come by in the evenings. One way to boost your curb appeal at night is by adding decorative accent lighting. If you’re trying to sell your house, or just want it to look alive at night, a little accent lighting will really make it stand out!

Choosing the Proper Decorative Accent Lighting

One way to figure out what type of lighting you may need is to look at your home at night. Figure out which areas are the darkest and where you may want to add light. Path lighting and motion detectors are a great way to light up your yard. In addition to lighting up your home, decorative accent lighting can also highlight your landscaping. If you have a favorite element of your landscaping, think about how you can draw attention to it with some creative lighting. Some ways you could do so are by putting string lights on the branches of a tree or using spotlights to silhouette a bush or shrub.

Another easy trick to adding curb appeal to your home is to light up the walkway leading to your front door. Visitors, potential homebuyers, and even you and your family will find the walk safer and much more enjoyable if there is lighting along the path. Low voltage path lights will add a gentle glow and add to your home’s curb appeal.

You can also ask your friends where they think lighting might be helpful. You look at your yard every day, multiple times a day, so getting a fresh perspective can be very helpful in deciding which areas of your yard could use more lighting.

If your house has an outdoor seating area, make sure this area is well lit. String lights are a great way to light outdoor living areas because they are cheerful and help buyers thinks of all the fun they can have on the patio.

Highlighting the architectural features of your home can also help boost the curb appeal. Uplights are a great way to highlight your home’s best features, and you can use them to highlight features such as rocks and columns.

Let the Experts at New Image Help

If you would like help with lighting your yard and creating more curb appeal, we offer landscape services that include modeling, design, and maintenance. We have been in the landscaping business in Arizona for more than 30 years and can help you with all your landscaping needs. For more information on our services, please contact us. Be sure to check our landscaping tips too!

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!

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 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Landscape and Pool

If you want to set a goal for this year, maybe you should set a goal for your Arizona yard. It’s a lot of space; you should use it to its full potential. Make one of these resolutions and you’ll be able to brag about them all year—once you follow through, of course!

Get Rid of Dead Space

You might have a little, you might have a lot, but odds are you have some spot in your yard that is nothing special—just dirt. Find out what you can do to make this Arizona landscaping more appealing, from rock features that complement the yard to small plants that lend some life to the picture.

Use the Patio Table

Like fire extinguishers, patio tables are way more common than their usage frequency might suggest. And since patio tables aren’t potentially life-saving, why have them? This year, go out and enjoy your patio table more! And if necessary, incentivize this by installing a pagoda, then hook up some fans, misters, and/or a TV. Before you know it, your friends will want to use your patio table, too.

Remove the Ugly Plants

Have you been leaving an ugly plant in your Arizona yard just because you don’t want to get rid of it? Be honest: Is that plant probably or certainly dead? This year, finally get rid of it—and discover what an opportunity you’ve been missing out on. With that space open, new ideas will flood to your mind—and if not to yours, ask us! We can even give you ideas on what that space could be before we take the old wood out.

Spice Up the Pool

In Arizona, you can use your pool six months a year or more. It’s good for relaxation, it’s good for exercise, it’s good for social occasions… it just isn’t always good to look at, and sometimes you look at it and just see a hole in the ground. This year, make your pool stand out. Install misting systems, jet fountains, or spillover spas to turn your aquatic playground into a work of art.

Cut Down Your Costs

You may find your backyard Arizona landscaping isn’t worth what it’s costing you. If that’s the case, pitch the current design or modify it to lower costs, including energy and, especially, water—landscaping is probably the most water-thirsty thing your house does. So, call up New Image Landscape and Pools and see why we’re one of the best Arizona landscapers.

New Year, New Image

If these resolutions sound good to you, contact New Image Landscape and Pools at 480-654-4422. We’ll help anyone in the East Valley improve their yard and their year with our fabulously-reviewed services. Find out why we’re one of the best landscapers in AZ!

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 Lawn Care Tips You Should Not Forget During the Winter Season

When winter comes, Arizona homeowners are often unwilling to let lawncare season end. This is the time when we are able to spend a lot of time outside, enjoying cooler days and a sun that is far less fierce than its summer counterpart. And although the weather is too cold for the Bermuda grass that we tend so carefully the rest of the year, it’s the perfect time for winter rye. Soft, emerald green, and thicker than Bermuda, this grass ensures our lawn stays beautiful year-round; here’s some tips to help you maintain that winter beauty.

Don’t Plant It Too Soon

If you want to make sure your winter rye survives, be sure not to plant it too soon. This grass thrives when the night time temperatures are at 60 degrees. Although you may be tempted to try and plant it in September, you should probably wait until the middle of October; summer likes to make a surprise reappearance after the calendar indicates it is fall.

Cut Your Bermuda Low

You don’t want to cut it all the way out, but winter rye does best when the Bermuda is cut down to about half an inch high. Cut the watering of your Bermuda in half to make it easier to “scalp” the grass, and rake and bag the cuttings for optimum rye growth.

Bring on the Stink

The best way to get your winter rye grass to grow is to start it with a layer of manure—the stinkier the better! You can also use the grass clippings you bagged after mowing your Bermuda, or purchase forest mulch, but we find manure is the most efficient choice; just hold your nose when walking by!

Water It Less Frequently Than Your Summer Grass

Watering every 3 to 10 days should be more than enough to keep it green and lush, as a softer sun and cooler temperatures lessens evaporation. A standard rule of thumb is to water less when the weather is cooler and more when it’s warmer, and to only water for about 15 minutes each session.

Hire New Image Landscape and Pools to Lessen Your Burden

Winter is busy for most of us, and even though we want the pretty lawn, we’re often too busy to give it the care it needs. This is where New Image Landscape and Pools comes into the picture. Schedule an appointment with us today and let us do the work for you this winter!

Top Benefits of a Salt Water Pool System

Many people enjoy having a pool in their backyard, but if you have ever owned one, you know how much work goes into it. Most residential pools are maintained through a mixture of harsh chemicals like chlorine, but if you want the beauty of a pool without adding harsh chemicals, you should try a salt water pool. Here are just some of the benefits that come with salt water pool systems.

Gentle on Eyes and Skin

One of the main benefits of a salt water system is a drastically lower amount of chemicals required to maintain it. Chlorine levels are generally lower with a salt generator. People who are sensitive to chlorine often report fewer irritations when using a salt water system. Say goodbye to green hair, dried out skin, and eye irritation.

Safer Than Chlorine

In tablet or liquid form, chlorine can be dangerous to store and transport. Studies have shown that chlorinated water may also pose a long-term health risk, which may not apply to salt water systems to the same extent. Based on the lower amount of harsh chemicals, there is a lower risk of long term health problems from a salt water pool as opposed to a chlorinated one.

The Water Feels Softer

If you have a water softener in your home, you know that the addition of salt makes water feel smooth and silky to the touch, much like rain water. Most people prefer this to the sometimes-abrasive feel of chlorinated water. The salt added to the water literally makes the water softer, providing you with a less harsh and more relaxing feel. This softer water leaves you feeling more hydrated and has you worrying less about the hard-chemical abrasion.

Less Maintenance

The best benefit of all! Pool maintenance is more “hands-off” with a salt water system, as the salt cell simply produces chlorine as needed. That said, you still have to monitor chlorine levels periodically to make sure everything is working okay, but most of the heavy lifting is done through the pool system. The system uses a process called electrolysis to create minimal amounts of chlorine that allow your system to stay fresh and clean, but won’t provide nearly as much chemical impact on your experience. You check the levels and pretty much forget about all the maintenance, cleaning, and monitoring required by standard chlorine systems.

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!

Lawn Tips for the Winter Months

The climate in Phoenix, Arizona is one that brings many challenges to landscaping, particularly for those with a grass lawn; many of you have probably learned this the hard way. But with winter right around the corner, there are a few easy tips that will keep your lawn looking beautiful, regardless of what the weather may throw at it. Here are just a few tips for this winter.

Overseeding

Since grass that is popular in Arizona does not naturally remain green during the winter months, it is not really possible to keep a nice lawn throughout the winter without overseeding your lawn. This is the process by which you seed your lawn with a more cool-climate type of grass that will supplement your current grass. You should be sure to cut your lawn relatively short and clear any debris before doing this.

Mowing to the Proper Height

This is one of the main factors that will either help a lawn prosper or cause it to really struggle in the winter months. Mowing the grass too short will cause it to consume more water and stress the root systems underneath. Letting it remain too long will increase the stress on the roots in maintaining that much more healthy grass. Bermuda grass is the most popular in Phoenix, and it should be mowed to a height of around two inches during the winter.

Do Not Overwater

Grass in phoenix that has not been overseeded for the winter will not need any water. If you do choose to overseed your grass, then you should be watering only every three to seven days. Reducing the amount of times you water the grass will go a long way in helping the roots grow deeper. This is essential for a healthy lawn, year-round.

Use a Starter Fertilizer for Overseeded Grass

Since you will be planting an entirely new lawn through overseeding, it is a good idea to give it every advantage possible so your efforts are not wasted. A 6-24-24 fertilizer is usually a safe bet because it supplies all the potassium and phosphate that a young lawn needs to become very healthy and beautiful.

Aeration

Throughout the summer, your soil tends to solidify, becoming dense and compact from heat and other factors. While it is certainly not always required, using a good aerating substance can go a long way in increasing your soil’s receptiveness to water and fertilizer. There are plenty of good core aerators on the market for good prices.

It can be difficult to keep that lawn looking healthy and beautiful throughout the winter, but educating yourself is the best way to go about doing it. These are some great tips for doing so, but there is certainly more to learn on the subject. Contact the experts at New Image for all your Arizona lawncare needs!

5 Reasons to Get a Putting Green for Your Landscape

At New Image Landscape and Pools, we specialize in bringing your backyard dreams to life! With us, your dream backyard is no longer just a dream, we can make it into a reality. For those that already have beautiful landscaping and a pool in their yard, it may be hard to imagine that your yard could be any more fun, but adding a putting green to your yard is a fun option! There are many reasons why even the casual golfer will love adding a putting green to their landscape.

Improve Your Putting Game

A good putting game can make or break a close round of golf and take your golf game to the next level. However, not everyone has the time to hit the greens every day or wants to deal with the crowds at the practice course on the weekends. Having your own personal putting green in your backyard is the perfect solution! Practice putting as often as you would like in the privacy of your own home and see your putting improve in no time! Since your green is custom to suit your needs, you can set it up to practice any shot you will encounter on the course!

Fun for the Kids

For those with kids, a putting green is a fun twist on a typical backyard! Keep the little ones entertained with an activity that is both fun and safe. Spend quality time by teaching your kids the fundamentals of golf, or let them play on their own. Either way, they are sure to create memories that will last a lifetime!

Perfect for Parties

If you enjoy entertaining, a putting green in your backyard is the perfect centerpiece to any backyard get-together. Children and adults alike will enjoy having an activity during the party and adds a fun sense of healthy competition between friends. Best of all, a putting green can be used all year round, in cold or hot weather, making it a great addition to your backyard.

Increase Your Home’s Value

With any custom yard, it’s the little details that will set it apart from the rest. A putting green is a unique addition that isn’t found in many homes, and adding one to your existing landscape will certainly increase your home’s value! It will be a great talking point for potential buyers and may be the deciding factor for the sale of your home.

Complete Your Dream Backyard

For many, having a private putting green is a dream, so why not make that dream come true? When considering custom landscaping, and a putting green to take your backyard to the next level. Create a backyard that you will love for years to come!