The Best Water-Saving Solutions that You Can Use in Your Pool and Landscaping

When you live in a desert state like Arizona, you learn pretty quickly how precious of a resource water is because of the role it plays in our day-to-day lives and how hard it is to find in our arid terrain. With Arizona’s water supply constantly in danger of drought or depletion, there has never been a better time to switch to water-conservative upgrades and fixes for your pool and landscaping. Not only will you have plenty of water for when you need it most, but you’ll be helping to preserve our natural environment as well. Best of all, your wallet will thank you for the greatly reduced cost of your water bill! Continue on below to learn more about some of the top water-saving solutions for your landscape and pool that you can start using today!

Choose Native Plants or Plants that Require Less Water

In the Southwest, you’ll find many plants that are specially adapted for surviving in our unique climate that would also make beautiful additions to any landscape. Certain species of acacia, cacti, mesquite, palo verde, bougainvillea, and more are native, drought-resistant plants that add gorgeous color and texture to your landscape without needing much water.

Upgrade Your Irrigation

Nowadays, sprinkler systems benefit from advances in technology, such as smart controllers that function similarly to a thermostat for your sprinklers, allowing you to customize your watering schedule based on weather and other conditions. Soil moisture sensors can help you keep track of the moisture in your soil and override irrigation controllers when needed. Leak prevention devices will inform you of when you have a leak or shut off water to the broken sprinkler head.

Pay Attention to Your Pool

Cover your pool to reduce water loss through evaporation. You can also request mineral and calcium removal services that will reduce the need to drain your pool for surface damage prevention.

Reuse Your Outdoor Water

The EPA estimates that as much as thirty percent of our overall water consumption comes from maintaining our outdoor features like landscapes and pools. Equipment like water capture systems and rain barrels can utilize the rainfall that you get to water your plants and more.

New Image Landscape and Pools – Your Experts in Outdoor Homecare

Make an investment in your property by trusting the professionals at New Image Landscape and Pools! Contact our office today to find out more information about water-saving fixes for your landscape and pool, as well as the services that we can provide for your outdoor repairs and renovations.

5 Tips for Landscape Maintenance for Spring

Long rectangular pool sided with synthetic fields and fire pit by New Image, Mesa's landscaping company

Yard work can be fun, but getting your yard and lawn ready for spring is a daunting task. Often times you look at your yard and don’t even know where to begin. Here are five tips to help you get started.

Take a Look Around and Tell Me What You See?

Before you get down and dirty and start puling weeds here and shoveling things there, assess what you are working with. What is the current condition? Look over your property for thrown branches, dead leaves and other debris and get rid of it. Looking at this will allow you to complete a thorough survey of your yard, see what grass is coming back and what isn’t, or if you will you need a professional to come out and clear out potentially dangerous tree limbs. After this, you are ready to create an action plan.

Time to Wake Up the Grass

Its time to bust out the rake and get going on all of the dried and dead grass hanging around that can be thick and deep. Though not a glamorous job, you need to inspect your yard for any fungus or mold growth, because this will hinder the grass regrowth process. Remember that just because the grass may be a bit brown, it doesn’t mean that the grass is dead. Be mindful that there are actually two types of grass: cool season grass, which is green up until early spring, and warm season grass, which greens up really slowly in spring.

Just Say No to Weeds

Time to nip the weeds and crabgrass in the bud before it gets out of control. For the most part, you want to get your weeds and crabgrass under control before the soil temperature hits around 55 degrees, because that is when it begins growing. Of course, nobody is going to be walking around measuring the soil’s temperature, so when you see blooming forsythia, that is a good indicator that the crabgrass is next. Once you put the crabgrass and weed control down in your yard, you will, typically, have to wait about eight weeks until you can put out the grass seed. This is another reason why you should get a head start on your yard this spring.

Trim the Trees (and Shrubs!)

Next up are the trees and the shrubs. Trim out the dead and get ready for life because a new growing season is upon us. You can usually handle shrubs on your own, but if the trees seem a bit too much, then hire a professional to do it. Having the most beautiful lawn on the block isn’t worth it if you’re stuck inside nursing an injury; safety should always come first.

Double Check Other Garden Items

Not only is winter hard on your grass, trees, flowers and shrubs, but it is also hard on your garden and yard irrigation system, patio furniture, garden lighting fixtures, etc. So just do a quick inspection and make sure that everything is in proper working condition and replace as needed.

These are just a few tips, but hopefully they will help you to get started on the right foot as you get ready to revive your yard this spring.