The Perfect Tree for Your Gilbert Landscape
Desert shade trees are probably the most important element for any Gilbert landscape design. Picking the perfect tree for your property, however, can be quite overwhelming as there are many great options available. I often recommend trees that function well in xeriscape—they are drought tolerant, require full sun, and need little water. Picking a tree that is native to our region will save you time, frustration and money. In addition, native trees also provide refuge for our native wildlife! When working with your licensed landscape contractor, make sure to avoid planting trees too close to your septic system, power lines or foundations. Below are three great desert trees perfect for your Gilbert landscape project!
Foothills Palo Verde
- Also called the Little Leaf Palo Verde or the Yellow Palo Verde.
- In Spanish, Palo Verde means “green stick”. As the name indicates the tree has green bark, branches, limbs and leaves. The branches are spine-tipped and the bark is smooth. As such, do not plant too close to walkways.
- Shrubbier type of tree. Grows relatively slowly. Usually reaches about 15 feet in height, but can reach up to 40 feet.
- Branches are straight and upright.
- Produces fragrant, yellow flowers in the spring.
- Home to Hummingbirds, Doves and other birds.
- Produces little pods that contain very sweet navy-bean sized beans.
- Can live 100 years or more.
- Also called the Sonoran Palo Verde.
- Grows quickly and reaches heights of 25 feet and widths of 25 feet.
- Has a unique, smooth, light-green twisted trunk, twisted branches and a wide, open, umbrella-like crown.
- Has spines so avoid planting near high traffic areas.
- Produces yellow clusters of flowers in late spring. Branches resemble yellow rods.
- Produces flat, light-brown seed pods.
- Does not grow in frequently watered areas like lawns.
- Known to attract bees, butterflies and birds.
- Commonly called the Fern of the Desert, the Feather Bush, or the Feather Tree.
- Has feathery, thornless, bright green foliage and dark gray trunk with vertical and horizontal fissures.
- Grows at a moderate rate, reaching a mature height of 15 to 20 feet and a mature width of 18 feet.
- Branches grow horizontally from the trunk.
- In colder climates, the tree freezes easily and resembles more of a shrub-like figure.
- Blooms in May/ June, producing clusters of flowers that resemble cottonballs.
- Produces flat, brown seed pods.
- Home to the Large Orange Sulphur Butterfly.
Check out our FREE Tree Guide for even more Gilbert landscape plant ideas!
AZ Landscape Creations – Your Gilbert Landscape Company
Looking to begin your Gilbert landscape project? If so, AZ Landscape Creations would love to help you deliver your landscape vision! Simply fill out our contact form or give us a call at 480-652-0290 for a free consultation.
AZ Landscape Creations is a licensed landscape contractor that specializes in landscaping in Queen Creek, landscaping in Chandler and landscaping in Mesa. We also serve the East Valley communities of Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills, Phoenix, Tempe, Gilbert, and Ahwatukee.
It seems as though a new Queen Creek landscaping contractor starts business in the Valley all the time. Similarly, it seems there is a story on the news, in the newspaper or on Facebook about a new unlicensed landscaping contractor duping customers into paying thousands of dollars for uncompleted or sub-standard work. It is always the same story line: landscaping contractor talks up his services, promises customer “the world”, collects down payment, and then disappears. Unfortunately, these stories are all too common. Don’t be a victim to unlicensed landscaping contractors!
At AZ Landscape Creations, we are customers ourselves. We know that choosing a Queen Creek landscaping contractor is a big decision for any homeowner. We all work hard for our money and want others to do the same. When we enter into a contract with a company, we expect it to be in good faith, that the work will be completed and be of the utmost quality.
Choosing a Queen Creek Landscaping Contractor
We have had customers in the past come to us after having a bad experience with an unlicensed landscaping contractor. Many times, these homeowners selected their landscaping contractor based on price alone, only to be left disappointed with a huge mess, spending more in the end. Here are some tips to help you get started picking the best Queen Creek landscaping contractor for you and your project:
- Make sure your landscaping contractor has liability insurance. Ask for a copy of their certificate. Without insurance, you may have little recourse in the event of injury or damage.
- Make sure your landscaping contractor is licensed with the ROC (Registrar of Contractors). Ask for their ROC number and check the status of their license at: http://www.azroc.gov/forms/contractorsearch.html. Without a license, you have little legal recourse.
- Make sure your landscaping contractor has good communication skills. Is the person in charge going to be on-site and able to answer questions as needed? Will the person in charge be able to update you on your project’s status as needed? Will the person in charge be easily accessible and answer your phone calls?
- Make sure your landscaping contractor is professional. Does the contractor drive a well-maintained vehicle? Does the contractor have the tools and equipment necessary for the job? Is his equipment cared for? Does the contractor provide type-written, detailed proposals on company letterhead or do the proposals look like chicken scratch? Although these details may seem small, they actually can can speak volumes about the contractor and may end up meaning a great deal when it comes to the pride and care that is invested in your project.
- Make sure your landscaping contractor is qualified and experienced. Does your contractor hold certifications by the ICPI (Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute)? Is your contractor Belgard Authorized? Is he trained in paver patio installation techniques? Does he have recent references?
- Knowledge is power. Ask questions and follow your instincts. Make sure whoever you hire is “the real deal”!
A beautiful yard is within your reach. By following some of the tips above, you can have a hassle free, rewarding experience!
AZ Landscape Creations- A Queen Creek Landscaping Contractor
Looking for a Queen Creek landscaping contractor for your project, AZ Landscape creations would love to help! Simply fill out our contact form or give us a call at 480-652-0290 to set up a free consultation and quote!
AZ Landscape Creations is a licensed landscape contractor that specializes in landscaping in Queen Creek, landscaping in Tempe and landscaping in Mesa. We also serve the East Valley communities of Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills, Phoenix, Chandler, Gilbert, and Ahwatukee.
Gilbert landscape lighting is a must for beautiful, functional landscape design. With our warm summertime temperatures just around the corner, most of us do not even tempt to venture outdoors until after the sun has come down. As such, outdoor lighting is key to great outdoor living!
Gilbert outdoor lighting is a great investment in both your home and your lifestyle. Landscape lighting will make your outdoor living space more usable. Thus, increasing the value of your home. Further, outdoor lighting can give your outdoor oasis a whole new look! It can create stunning first impressions and elegant entertaining areas. It can add drama and intrigue, creating shadows and depth. With outdoor lighting, you are able to start with a dark/ blank canvass and highlight and accentuate only what you want to.
Outdoor lighting is very practical as well. It offers homeowners a sense of security and safety. Lighting helps deter prospective intruders. It also helps illuminate walkways and potential hazards like debris and steps.
While landscape lighting may seem simple, there is actually quite a bit of thought and creativity involved. Landscape contractors have to account for wattage limitations, cords, and power sources.
Gilbert Landscape Lighting Tips
For the best results, make sure to incorporate a variety of outdoor lights and lighting techniques into your desert landscape design. Add floodlights and pathlights. Add up-lighting and down-lighting.
Install spotlights with glare guards to keep lights from shining into anyone’s eyes. Also, avoid shining lights into nearby roads, at your neighbor’s property, or into your own windows.
When planning path lighting, make sure to avoid the airport runway look. Make sure that lights are staggered, not placed too closely or symmetrical. Use more subtle lights as well, not anything too blaring or bright. Also make sure lights are placed in areas where they will not be kicked, moved, or run over with the lawnmower.
Make sure the lighting is balanced throughout your property. You do not want to clump lighting in only one specific spot or create any hard border lines.
Finally, remember the most important rule in lighting- subtly is best.
AZ Landscape Creations – Gilbert Landscape Lighting Experts
If you are looking to add some landscape lighting to your outdoor space, AZ Landscape creations would love to help! We can add new light fixtures to your design or upgrade your old fixtures to LED. Simply fill out our contact form or give us a call at 480-652-0290 to set up a free consultation and quote!
AZ Landscape Creations is a licensed landscape contractor that specializes in landscaping in Gilbert, landscaping in Tempe and landscaping in Mesa. We also serve the East Valley communities of Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills, Phoenix, Chandler, Queen Creek, and Ahwatukee.
This is an exciting time of year in the Valley! Spring is a time of renewal and celebration. It is also the perfect time of year to head outdoors and get your Gilbert backyard landscaping ready!
The freeze warnings have come and gone and the wonderful weather is here. Spring is the perfect time to complete your Gilbert backyard landscaping project! The warmer, longer days create optimal planting conditions.
Whether your calendar calls for backyard bbqs, weekends by the pool, retreating to your own personal outdoor oasis or starting a new garden, we can help deliver your backyard landscaping vision!
Gilbert Backyard Landscaping Design
Consider adding a built-in-bbq to kick up your parties and backyard landscaping a few notches! Our built-in-bbqs are not only functional, but also beautiful. Gone are the days of boring stucco and cracking concrete. Our built-in-bbqs are made of rumble stone and add warmth, richness and structural interest to most any bacckyard landscape design. Whether used for nightly dinners or to entertain family and friends, your built-in-bbq will become the centerpiece of your outdoor living space!
Looking for a WOW Factor? Consider adding an eye-catching water feature to your landscape design. Water features are very popular in Gilbert. Many homeowners opt for water features rather than swimming pools. They are much less expensive than pools, and much easier to maintain. In addition, they can be relaxing and give your outdoor space a resort-like feel.
Consider adding some LED lighting to show off your outdoor living space. LED landscape lighting is definitely the way to go these days! We all know that with Gilbert’s summertime temperatures, many do not venture out until the sun has gone down. As such, outdoor lighting is extremely important. Outdoor lighting not only will make your space more usable, but will also make your space more elegant and serene. Outdoor lighting can give your property a whole new look once the sun goes down!
Are you an avid gardener? Or, are you always looking to plant something new? If so, consider adding a retaining wall to your landscape design. Retaining walls can be used to create beautiful and functional planters or raised gardens. Gardners can add specialty soils to these planters to create optimal growing conditions.
AZ Landscape Creations – Your Gilbert Landscaping Experts
No matter what your backyard landscaping vision, AZ Landscapes would love to help create your outdoor oasis! Simply fill out our contact form or give us a call at 480-652-0290 to set up a free consultation and quote!
AZ Landscape Creations is a licensed landscape contractor that specializes in landscaping in Gilbert, landscaping in Chandler and landscaping in Mesa. We also serve the East Valley communities of Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills, Phoenix, Tempe, Queen Creek, and Ahwatukee.
AZ Landscape Creations not only specializes in customized landscape design and installation, but Mesa excavation as well. Arizona is known for its hard, caliche-like dirt, making excavation and grading something best left to professional contractors with heavy equipment and the training, knowledge, and experience to get your project done quickly and safely. Proper dirt work (excavating, grading, trenching, etc.) plays a key role in most any successful landscaping project. Constructing the proper foundation for your landscape design can ensure the installation will last for years to come! Some of our services includes the following:
Mesa Excavation Services
The most common service we offer in landscape design is gravel spreading. Whether your property is simply a dirt lot in need of all new granite, or if you are looking to replace your outdated rock with a fresh-new look, our bobcat service will make the process quick and painless. In just a few hours, we can transform the most barren, eyesore of a yard into a welcoming and fresh space! If you have a dirt driveway or are in need of some additional parking on the side of your home, consider installing 1/4 minus or gravel for a durable foundation. These materials are not only more affordable than concrete or asphalt, but are also more beautiful. They will provide great curb appeal and help keep the dust down.AZ Landscape Creations also offers drainage and erosion control services. Ensuring your landscaping has the proper drainage is the most important element in any landscape design. There is nothing worse than helplessly watching rain water flood your existing landscape. Whether your landscaping needs some extra fill dirt to raise the elevation, a berm to keep water out or a culvert to allow water to pass through, our Mesa excavation service can help protect your property. We can also design and install a retaining wall. A retaining wall can not only help guard against erosion control, but can also add beauty and functionality to your outdoor living space.
Mesa Landscape Excavation
Many times our Mesa excavation services are part of an even larger project. The first step in installing paver patios and artificial turf is proper excavation. Ensuring a solid, stable base is the key to minimizing settlement issues and building a lasting investment.
Sometimes it is those “simple” landscaping additions that really make a landscaping project pop! Building mounds is a great way to reshape and enhance most any landscape design. Building mounds can help add height to a dull, flat area and also help block out unwanted views. They can be used to redirect foot traffic or drainage. Mounds can add beauty as well to your outdoor living space. They can act as a raised element to the garden, or simply emphasize a special focal point.
AZ Landscape Creations Mesa excavation services can also help plant large trees. Planting large trees is another great way to add value and interest to your landscape design. Large trees are a smart choice for our desert environment. The instant shade of large trees can offer refuge from the sun and also lower those electric bills. Large trees also bring tremendous beauty and enhance the maturity of your landscape. With large, mature trees, a fresh, new landscaping project can look as though it has been established and cultivated for years.
AZ Landscape Creations
If you need fast, professional, and hassle-free bobcat service, contact AZ Landscape Creations. We are a licensed landscape company that specializes in landscaping in Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek, Phoenix, Tempe, Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, Fountain Hills and Ahwatukee. Simply fill out our contact form or give us a call at 480-626-4220 to get started! We would love to help deliver your landscape vision!
Looking to add some curbside appeal? Looking to add some color and pop to your backyard landscape? Consider a Mesa artificial grass installation project!
Artificial grass is the ultimate landscaping solution for many homeowners these days. If you are a desert dweller who loves the look of an immaculate, green, fresh-cut, lush lawn and wants a low-maintenance landscape design, then artificial grass is your answer!
Why Artificial Grass?
Artificial turf was primarily first utilized in athletic fields because of its great durability. These days, Mesa artificial grass installation projects have become very popular. Sales have escalated due to the dramatic improvement in the quality and variety of available artificial turf options. Homeowners are also choosing synthetic grass as it is virtually maintenance free. It also requires less time and money for upkeep, and is eco-friendly for our Valley’s harsh drought conditions.
Artificial grass is tuff and can withstand much more use, wear and tear than natural grass. It is perfect for households with pets and children. In fact, AZ Landscape Creations installs synthetic grass that comes with a 10 year warranty! The synthetic fibers are also soft, which makes it very enjoyable and perfect for use around swimming pools.
Artificial turf is ideal for busy homeowners who do not want to deal with the upkeep of a natural lawn. There is no need for mowing, edging, fertilizing, watering, etc. Elderly homeowners and homeowners with vacation properties also find synthetic grass to be very practical as it can simply be hosed off every once in a while. Quality artificial grass can add immediate curb appeal to any home!
Artificial Grass Putting Greens
With the popularity of golf in the Valley, many homeowners are adding putting greens to their Mesa artificial grass installation projects. Whether you want to create a whole new look or simply add on to your current backyard landscape design, a backyard putting green can turn your backyard into a resort-like retreat. Putting greens are great entertainment for all ages and skill levels alike! Consider adding some outdoor lighting to your space for nighttime fun!
We have all seen the artificial turf for sale at stores like Home Depot and Costco. While it may be tempting to try the install yourself, artificial turf installation is best left to professional landscapers. Proper installation requires that base materials be machine compacted with a plate compacter to create a solid, stable foundation. In addition, the foundation should be graded and prepped to ensure proper drainage. Finally, the installation should be finished by using a power broom to elevate the blades for a natural look. It is best to finish the installation with a concrete curbing or paver border. This will help protect the grass edge.
Mesa Artificial Grass Installation – AZ Landscape Creations
If you are considering a Mesa artificial grass installation project, AZ Landscape Creations would love to deliver your landscape vision! Give us a call for a free consultation or fill out our contact form.
AZ Landscape Creations is a licensed landscape design and installation company that specializes in landscaping in Mesa, landscaping in Gilbert, and landscaping in Chandler. We also serve the East Valley communities of Scottsdale, Queen Creek, Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills, Tempe, Ahwatukee and Phoenix.