Guide To Making A Great Desert Landscape

Pool with overlooking flower bed surrounded by rocks and flora by New Image, Mesa's landscaping company

Spring is the perfect time to start getting creative and innovative with your landscaping. While many people, especially newcomers to the Arizona area, think that desert landscaping is made up entirely of sand and rocks, it is far from a stark, barren look. Many desert landscapes are gorgeous areas full of vibrant plant life and more.

Look at your property as an opportunity, not a challenge. Because of our warm environment all year round, it is the perfect place to spend a lot of time outdoors. This short guide can help you get started on your way to a wonderful desert landscape.

Soil Preparation

The first step for a great landscape is soil preparation to help your plants thrive. Our desert soil is generally coarse and contains very little organic ingredients. You should do a soil test to determine the types and amounts of supplements you will need. Additionally, make sure your drainage is proper, as desert plants can experience root rot should then get too much moisture. Additionally, you want to make sure that your irrigation system is efficient. Because water is precious in the desert, using the best, most effective irrigation is important to both your plants and the environment. It is also a good idea to consider covering your planting beds with mulch, either with gravel or organic substances such as bark.

Choose Plants Native to the Desert

Growing plants that are native to our desert climate will help ensure a successful beautiful landscape. You will find that these types of plants are drought-tolerant and low maintenance. And don’t worry — there is an incredible selection of beautiful desert plants.

Choose the Best Planting Times

In Arizona, the optimal time to plant is autumn. This is because the soils will hold heat, promoting root growth, as well as temperatures that are more consistent.

Lawn Alternatives

Because of the dry environment, you may find keeping a natural lawn green a chore. You may want to consider installing a synthetic lawn. These are very pet and child friendly, and with today’s modern artificial lawns, you will find them very natural looking and low maintenance.

At New Image Landscaping, our staff is very knowledgeable and experienced when it comes to desert landscaping. Please give us a call or stop by to discuss how you can get the very best looking landscape!