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FAQ: Plants & Hardscapes

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When, Where & Why

Customers often have questions about certain things in their Scottsdale or Phoenix, Arizona landscaping. To make it easy for you to get this information any time of the day or night, we’ve put the answers on this page for fast and easy access.

1. Why is my ocotillo dead?

Ocotillos frequently look dead because they drop their leaves to conserve water when there is no rain. This is how they have learned to survive the desert conditions. They also can take up to two years from the time of transplant to bloom. In the summer you can try misting the branches to encourage leaves, but don’t worry when the leaves drop again. Please be patient and your ocotillos will surprise you when you least expect it!

2. Why don’t you lay plastic under the granite?

There was a time when many landscapers used the black plastic to prevent weeds from coming up through the granite. The problem with the plastic was that it eventually ripped and weeds came up anyway. Not only did the plastic looked bad when shreds of the torn plastic showed through the granite, finding the root of any weed was almost impossible. Now we have determined that pre-emergent herbicides work best at preventing weeds.

3. When is the landscape considered mature?

3 years after being planted

4. How long should a tree be staked?

It depends on the maintenance of the tree itself. To encourage a deep root system you need to deep water your trees to promote rapid expansion of root growth. You will also need to trim the tree to prevent it from becoming top heavy. If these are done correctly the stakes will need to be there for two years.

5. Why is there standing water in my yard?

In some areas, the soil is less porous than others. If water continues to stand for longer than 48 hours, give us a call. However, after rain, water can take 72 hours to dissipate.

6. Why is the grout around my flagstone and the surface of my stucco bench cracked?

Cracks appear in hardscape features because of the movement of the earth and changes in temperature. Your hardscape is under warranty for 1 year. We advise waiting until the 11th month so that we can come and address all of the cracking issues at once.

7. Why does my flagstone have black spots in it?

All stone is a natural part of the earth and it behaves like a part of nature. It moves, it chips, and it gets weathered with age. No two pieces are alike. The black spots in your flagstone are naturally occurring fossils.

8. Why are my BBQ walls cracking?

Cracks may appear in any masonry walls due to settling in the ground. As with flagstone, we recommend waiting for repair until the 11th month, as most settling has occurred by this time.

9. Why are there so many little pieces in my granite?

There are three grades of granite:

  • Minus = 70% minus & 30% larger
  • Screened = 30% minus & 70% larger
  • Sized = 10% minus & 90% larger

The fine product in granite is not bad to have. The fine granite will settle down after you water it and it will act as a natural binder. The larger granite will form a nice crust over the surface. It is then easier to maintain and to walk on.

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