Enduring an Arizona summer while trying to keep your lawn and landscape features alive, can feel like an exercise in futility. While having verdant grass and plants to enjoy can be beautiful, caring for them under extreme weather conditions may prove to be costly and unrealistic. Many Arizonians have opted to remove water-consuming grasses and plants from their property in favor of using xeriscaping. By using artfully arranged rocks, shrubs and succulents, homeowners can enjoy an attractive yard with less maintenance. Here is what to expect when you convert your Arizona lawn to xeriscape.
What is Xeriscaping?
Xeriscaping is a type of landscaping that minimizes water consumption through the use of drought-tolerant plants and shrubs. The landscape is typically designed with rocks, gravel, native plants, shade trees, cactus, and other succulents. By arranging plants, trees, shrubs, and rocks, the lawn area can be visually appealing, conserve water, and prevent soil erosion.
In Arizona, the use of shade trees can help cool a yard and home. When preparing your xeriscape design, selecting native trees such as mesquites that can tolerate Arizona?s weather conditions and grow to considerable heights, can assist in cooling your property. However, you may also be able to use non-native species, such as oak, that can thrive in desert conditions.? Once you plant your trees, they will need to be irrigated slowly over time to establish a healthy root system. If you already have the right types of trees around your home, your next step will be selecting and arranging the ideal plants and shrubs in relation to them.
Selecting Drought-Tolerant Plants and Shrubs
Selecting the right plants and shrubs doesn’t have to be a matter of trial and error. By consulting your local nursery and doing online research, you can find out which plants work best in your area.? Autumn sage, lantana, and mountain laurel tend to be hearty and are able to withstand Arizona?s extreme hot and cold temperatures. Often, native plants and shrubs are the most successful in this climate but it?s important to make sure you select the proper ones for your region of the state.
Maintaining and Irrigating Your Landscaping
You want to prepare your property in a manner that prevents erosion and allows water to flow to trees, shrubs, and plants at the proper rate. The Arizona Municipal Water Users Association recommends placing shrubs, trees, groundcovers, and turf areas on different water valves so you can customize irrigation according to differing requirements. In the first year, your plants may require more water to get established. After that, you should be able to water them more sparingly Further, using a soaker hose or drip irrigation allows the plants and shrubs to make more efficient use of the water than an above-ground system.
Before removing or planting, it would be best to consult with a xeriscape professional to get more information about implementation of the designs and plants, trees, and shrubs that would work best for your property.
Attorney Laura B. Bramnick is an experienced Arizona real estate attorney who can help advise you regarding your real estate matters.? If you are seeking an exceptional, client-driven real estate lawyer in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Sedona, and throughout the State of Arizona, contact Laura B. Bramnick to schedule your consultation.