Designing beautiful desert landscaping in Phoenix and Scottsdale is a very special art form. The climate and soils are unique to this area, unlike most regions in the US. A sustainable landscape here in the Valley is known as ‘xeriscaping’. This special type of landscaping utilizes highly drought-tolerant plants that like our climate. However, do not mistake it for zero-scaping, requiring no irrigation at all. There is no such thing as a landscape that thrives without water replenishment. Even desert plants require a watering schedule to meet the requirements known as a landscaped yard.
The alternative is a scraggly looking yard, at best. Perhaps just a depressingly barren sea of stone mulch.
Yes, fresh water is an intensely precious resource here in the desert with our minimal annual rainfall. And Phoenix and Scottsdale landscaping is very different than other parts of the country, more minimal and architectural. Still, having a beautifully landscaped yard year around calls for supremely happy plants; even if they are mostly cacti and succulents. Thriving desert plants all need supplemental irrigation.
Even though Desert Crest LLC installs native and desert plants, comprehensive landscape planning is a requirement in maintaining the health and vigor of plants in your yard. To create beauty with xeriscaping, you must be a very talented and specially educated landscape designer. Professional planning must entail detailed knowledge of our climate and soil conditions. The execution of planning and installation is crucial to a long, beautiful life for your Scottsdale or Phoenix landscaping.
Planning desert landscaping begins beneath the surface. To preserve precious water for all the plants used in your yard requires soil amendments. Any yard can contain areas with more than one type of soil. The sandy areas of your soil are treated with amendments for moisture retention. Other areas where the soil is clay must be amended to increase the drainage for the landscape plants installed there. Each parcel of residential property presents an individual set of challenges. Every homeowner adds their personal needs to the planning. The landscape designer must address both sets of requirements uniquely to arrive at a completed installation that will remain beautiful and functional for years to come.
Here in the Valley climate, we replace large expanses of water hungry lawns with the rock and stone or drought-tolerant ground cover areas. Creative use of these plentiful landscape materials is perfectly suited to the architectural style present in the Southwest. A talented designer will skillfully apply these elements to accent and frame the artistic plantings used in desert landscape styles. The entire staff at Desert Crest has a thorough understanding of the arid landscape around Scottsdale and Phoenix.
A xeriscaping irrigation system calls for great care to be taken in the design and engineering. Fresh water conservation has become increasingly important in all regions of our country. Here in the Sonoran desert, water conservation has always been vital and now it is more so than ever before. The type of watering system used in a xeriscaped yard must assist the desert plants when needed, but never waster our precious water resources.
It requires far more talent than you can imagine creating a landscape design that utilizes stone as the major portion of ground cover element. We have all seen yards that the rocks and stone were placed and situated in a manner that is very unpleasant appearing. Every rock has eight sides. To use them artfully takes a special skill. Properly executed xeriscaping combines stone, rocks and desert plants that create a compliment to the surrounding natural desert landscape.
Desert Crest LLC begins with professional planning for sustainable desert landscapes. You will benefit from a lovely, drought-tolerant yard that is perfectly suited to your home and your lifestyle. To enjoy a low maintenance outdoor lifestyle and landscape especially suited to the local climate, schedule a consultation with one of our xericape savvy designers today.