One of the questions moving forward with landscape in Arizona is how do we maintain for future generations. With the water shortage we’re experiencing in the western United States, it’s important we make wise choices regarding choice of plants, turf locations and style of maintenance.
Plant choices: Choosing desert-adapted plants will save with water usage and trimming needs and still add color during all seasons here in Arizona. Forcing plants into the landscape that are not native will increase costs to maintain and use extra water to try and help them survive.
Each city in the Phoenix area has plant palette recommendations to help with our choices. Use these plant choices and save water and maintenance and add color to your landscape.
Turf locations: In Arizona, turf should be functional and aesthetic. By functional, we mean useful for recreation or dog walking. Aesthetic turf would be entrances to communities or focal points adding a softening to the desert palette.
When you look critically at turf, determine whether it meets both criteria; if it doesn’t, you may want to eliminate to save water usage and weekly maintenance needs that don’t go away.
Style of maintenance: Natural pruning is the best, most economical style of pruning in the desert. Sustainable Landscape Maintenance (SLM) prefers this style, as desert plants, when spaced and located in the landscape properly, require little pruning. It’s only when we jam plants together, the need for separation and shearing occurs.
These simple thoughts will help us to provide a good-looking landscape at an affordable cost for years to come.