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Arizona Landscaping - Water Conservation
We are in both short and long-term drought conditions.
What does this mean for your landscaping... It's harder to grow plants without the rain flushing out the soil. Consider soil amendments to improve soil conditions and soaking plants for longer but less frequent time periods. Don't forget your trees. Mesquites and palo verdes start to shed branches to stay alive when they have not received regular water from their usual sources of run-off. Water harvesting helps. An irrigation system for your desert trees? An irrigation line for desert trees preserves them for the long term, even they will decline in times of drought, but occasional deep watering with a dedicated line for desert plants will keep them healthy. Often when they decline it's almost too late. Use it only once a month and they will flourish.

There are easy ways to cut your water use and save you money monthly. Drip systems will limit the amount of water you are using to feed your plants for two reasons: First, the amount of water traveling through the line will be less than that of a sprinkler, bubbler or direct hose. Second, the water will be going directly where you want it, limiting the amount of time for watering and water used in the process.

Many drip systems older than 10 years need changes to keep operating properly. After that time tree roots start to pinch water lines, drippers may be clogged or in the wrong location for proper watering, valves may be not opening or closing properly. We can evaluate the problems and bring it up to date quickly and with a minimum cost. Many irrigation systems installed today are overly complex and would be better simplified with fewer water lines.

Your planting arrangement will also contribute to water conservation. When considering vegetation, use plants that will work as nursing plants. To pair with the nursing plant, choose a smaller shrub or ground cover with color. This combination will provide diversity in your plant life and allow the things to grow their natural way, limiting the amount of water needed.

Call or email us if you are looking for ideas on what to do with your landscape. If you already know what you want to do with your yard, contact us as soon as you are ready to begin. We will can design a landscape based on your desires and get going on the construction.

January landscaping tips

posted Nov 20, 2011, 11:58 AM by Simon Fisher   [ updated Jan 17, 2014, 5:02 AM ]

Frequent rains in November and December meant watering systems were on once or twice a week, but with recent warm weather two or three times a week may be necessary. If no rain soon we will be in a severe short term, as well as long term drought.
Have you overspent on your water bill? Was it $20 or $200?  
January is a great time to prune desert trees. They are dormant and will not force new unruly growth to overcome the pruning process. 
Prune now for better tree health.
Winter is a great time to upgrade before the busy spring season and the heat comes.
Make upgrades in the winter to and don't get caught with a high water bill in May.

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