Mesa Landscape Plants – Desert Grass

Mesa Landscape Plants – Desert Grass

When it comes to Mesa landscape design, we all too often get stuck thinking “inside the box”! In fact, have you ever received a flyer on your door advertising landscaping packages? Talk about no creativity!

AZ Landscape Creations is different when it comes to landscape design. We do not operate on a one size fits all mentality. AZ Landscape Creations evaluates each Mesa landscape project on an individual basis, and works with each homeowner to create a customized design. We strive to deliver your own unique landscape vision.

If you are looking for some unique desert landscaping plants, you might want to consider ornamental grasses.  These grasses are suitable as alternatives to rock, hardscape and even traditional Bermuda grass. Check out some of our favorites:

Windbreaker Giant Sacaton Grass (Sporobolus wrightii ‘Windbreaker’)  Mesa landscape

Native to southeastern Arizona. Produces green blooms throughout the late summer into early fall. Requires full sun light and little water. Grows to about 8 feet tall and about 8 feet wide. Cut back toward the end of winter. Perfect for use as a barrier or for erosion or windbreak control. Hardy to -30 degrees F.

Deer Grass (Muhlenbergia rigens)Mesa landscape

Grows naturally along streams and creeks in Arizona. Produces white blooms in the summer. Has thin, light-green, spiky foliage throughout the year. Can reach 3 feet in height. Requires full sun and little water.

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Gulf Coast Muhly ‘Regal Mist TM’ (Muhlenbergia capillaris)Mesa landscape

Has narrow, glossy, dark green leaves. Produces dark pink flower blooms in the fall. Can be grown in full sun or light shade. Requires regular watering in the summer.

Seep Muhly (Muhlenbergia reverchonii)Mesa landscape

Blooms in the fall with light pink/ reddish blossoms. Grows to reach about 2 feet tall and 2 feet wide. Great for smaller spaces. Can take full sun or part shade. Requires a moderate amount of water. Cut back in early spring.  Hardy to -10 degrees F.

Lindheimer’s muhly (Muhlenbergia lindheimeri) ‘Autumn Glow TM’Mesa landscape

Has slender, light green leaves. Produces tall spikes of light yellow flowers in the fall that quickly fade to tan. Requires moderate watering in the summer.

Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass (Bouteloua gracilis ‘Blonde Ambition’)Mesa landscape

Produces chartreuse blooms throughout spring and summer. Needs full sun light, but a low amount of water.  Easy to maintain- simply cut back in early spring. Hardy to -20 degrees F.

Tufted hair grass (Deschampsia caespitosa)Mesa landscape

Has wide leaves and feathery flower heads in the summer. In the fall, the leaves turn bright orange or gold and the flowers turn tan. Requires well drained soil. Can reach a height of 1 to 2 feet.

AZ Landscape Creations – Your Mesa Landscape Experts

Considering a Mesa landscape installation project, AZ Landscape Creations would love to help deliver your landscape vision! SImply fill out our contact form or give us a call at 480-652-0290 to schedule a free consultation.

AZ Landscape Creations is a licensed landscape contractor that serves the East Valley communities of Gilbert, Chandler, Queen Creek, Mesa, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Phoenix, Fountain Hills, Scottsdale, and Paradise Valley.

 

Gilbert Putting Green Installation

Gilbert Putting Green Installation

There is no doubt that the game of golf is thriving in Gilbert. In fact, people from all over the county flock to Arizona’s golf courses each year. If you are looking to improve your golf game, consider a Gilbert putting green installation project for your very own backyard space.

Backyard putting greens are extremely popular here in the Valley. Unfortunately, many of us do not have the luxury of hiring our very own full-time greenskeeper. Fortunately, there is a solution- artificial turf!

Artificial turf putting greens stay perfect all year long with very little maintenance or cost required. No seeding, no watering, no weeding, no mowing, no fertilizing required. Artificial turf is eco-friendly, pet-friendly and safe. Don’t let the grass selections at your home improvement stores discourage you. The quality of professional grade artificial turf available today is remarkable and can fool even the best licensed landscape contractor!

Putting greens can be customized. Whether you have a larger backyard and would like to install multiple holes or need something to fit your small backyard landscape design, we can make it work.

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The Perfect Solution for Your Desert Landscaping

Do you have an awkward area in your backyard landscaping that you just don’t know what to do with? Do you have an area that just can’t seem to grow anything? Installing a putting green can make those areas beautiful, functional and perfect for entertaining.Gilbert putting green installation

Practicing your game in your own backyard could not be closer or more convenient. You don’t have to worry about spending time and money driving to the range. We all know the summertime weather in Phoenix can be brutal. If you don’t make it to the course early, you might not make it at all. By having easy access to a practice place, you can play on your own timetable. Take a few swings and unwind after a long day at the office. Take a few strokes off your handicap and improve short game.

AZ Landscape Creations- Your Gilbert Putting Green Installation Experts

Considering a Gilbert putting green installation project? Whether you are looking to improve your golf game or simply beautify your outdoor living space, AZ Landscape Creations would love to help design the backyard of your dreams! SImply fill out our contact form or give us a call at 480-652-0290 to schedule a free consultation.

AZ Landscape Creations is a licensed landscape contractor that serves the East Valley communities of Gilbert, Chandler, Queen Creek, Mesa, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Phoenix, Fountain Hills, Scottsdale, and Paradise Valley.

Queen Creek Sprinkler System Installation

Queen Creek Sprinkler System Installation

It is official, it is hot in Arizona! The 100° temperatures have arrived. So, what does that mean for our desert landscaping? It’s thirsty and needs some TLC! Now is the time to start your Queen Creek sprinkler system installation project to ensure your landscaping stays in tip top shape over the next few months ahead!

Why A Sprinkler System?

If you don’t yet have a sprinkler system or irrigation system for your desert landscaping, it is time! Both systems will not only help you keep and maintain healthy landscaping, but they will also save you time and money. An in-ground sprinkler system will apply water evenly, quickly and regularly as scheduled. Drip systems apply water directly to the soil. Thus, they allow you to maintain ideal moisture levels in your soil to promote healthier plants. In addition, by using a drip system, you don’t end up losing water to evaporation and run-off.Queen Creek sprinkler system installation

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Ensure Your Queen Creek Sprinkler System Installation Is Working Effectively

  • Adjust your sprinkler heads to ensure accurate spray patterns. Make sure that your system is covering all areas of your lawn and there are not any areas that are obstructed. Make sure that your sprinkler system is not watering your sidewalks, streets or pavement.
  • Check for broken or clogged sprinkler heads Queen Creek sprinkler system installationand nozzles. Look for sprinklers that are spraying unevenly or not at all or have small pools of water near the heads to identify problems
  • Look out for areas that are continually damp, to find leaks and broken lines. Did you know that even the smallest leaks can waste hundreds to thousands of gallons of water a month?
  • Make sure that the grass surrounding the sprinkler system is not too high that it prevents the sprinkler head from popping up or spraying correctly.

Summer Watering Tips

  • Water before 10am or after 6pm to limit evaporation.
  • Create “watering zones” throughout your desert landscaping, placing plants with similar watering needs in the same watering zone.
  • Mow high and often. Taller grass produces deeper, more drought-tolerant roots. Allow the grass clippings to stay on the lawn to add moisture and nitrogen to the soil.
  • Move drip line emitters out to the edge of the tree’s/shrub’s canopy to develop strong roots as they grow.

Remember, these hot temperatures are for a limited time only! Don’t let the summer heat and sun get the best of your landscaping! Are you thinking about your own Queen Creek sprinkler system installation project? If so, AZ Landscape Creations would love to help! Simply fill out a  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.

Unique Chandler Backyard Landscaping Plants

Unique Chandler Backyard Landscaping Plants

Choosing the right Chandler backyard landscaping plants is key to any great design. The right plants can add vibrant color, dramatic texture and life to your landscape. Landscape design in the Valley is continually developing and expanding, just as the population and culture continues to do so as well. With Arizonians coming from all over the country to live here, AZ Landscape Creations is here to develop unique landscape design plans as unique as our clients. As a licensed landscape contractor, we realize people do not fit into “packages” and thus do not try to fit our landscaping into “packages”. Whether you want an English Garden, a tropical paradise, a desert oasis, etc. here are some unique Chandler landscaping plants to check out!

Arizona rosewood

  • Perennial, Evergreen Tree/ Shrub
  • Native to Arizona, Baja California, and Northern Mexico
  • Reaches an average height of 12 feet and an average width of 8 feet
  • Great to use as a screening shrub or hedge to a create privacy barrier
  • Dark green, shiny, lush, leathery, serrated leaves
  • Red leaf stems
  • Blooms during late spring/ early summer
  • Produces dense clusters of creamy white flowers at tips of branches
  • Slow grower, drought resistant, requires little water
  • Great for xeriscape
  • May attract bees

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Heavenly Bamboo

  • Evergreen Shrub
  • Originates from East Asia
  • Reaches an average height of 5 feet and an average width of 3 feet
  • Slow grower
  • Poisonous if ingested
  • Segmented, cane-like stems
  • Leaves are smooth and bright green in the summer and turn burgundy in the fall
  • Produces white flowers and red berries in late spring/ early summer
  • Requires regular watering and partial shade
  • Can be invasive if left unattended

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Jojoba

  • Perennial, Evergreen Shrub
  • Native to the deserts of Arizona, North-West Mexico and Southern California.
  • Reaches an average height and width of 4 feet
  • Thick, leathery, waxy, grayish-green leaves
  • Female flowers are pale green and produced singly
  • Male flowers are yellowish-green and produced in clusters
  • Bloom in the winter
  • Grows slowly, requires little water
  • Great for xeriscape
  • Jojoba oil extracted from the plant is used in hair and skin care products

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Tuttlei Natal Plum

  • Non-native Evergreen Shrub
  • Used as ground cover, often with rocks
  • Works well as a “filler”
  • Can be used in mass plantings or in small areas
  • Reaches an average height of 2 feet and an average spread of 5 feet
  • Grows moderately and requires some watering
  • Produces fragrant, white flowers in spring/ summer
  • Has thorns

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Want More Chandler Backyard Landscaping Plant Ideas?

For even more Chandler backyard landscaping plant ideas, check out our Desert Shrub Guide!desert landscaping plants

Are you thinking about remodeling your backyard landscape? Perhaps you have a blank canvass and need help designing your ideal outdoor living space? If so, AZ Landscape Creations would love to help! Simply fill out a  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 Chandler, landscaping in Queen Creek and landscaping in Mesa.  We also serve the East Valley communities of Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills, Phoenix, Tempe, Gilbert, and Ahwatukee.

Mesa Irrigation System Installation

Mesa Irrigation System Installation

Summer is right around the corner and homeowners are taking note on their Mesa landscaping! Homeowners are taking the time now to prep their landscaping to ensure its survival for the warmer months ahead. In fact, the demand for Mesa irrigation system installation has noticeably increased over the past few weeks!

Reliable and efficient sprinkler systems and drip irrigation systems are a must in the Valley. Have you wasted a valuable Saturday afternoon chasing leaks in your irrigation system design? If so, you know it can be no fun.  Digging up irrigation systems, wasting water, trampling over plants, getting muddy, etc. Are you tired of coming home after work only to spend your valuable free time hand watering your landscaping? Whether you are tired of hand watering your lawn and plants or tired of chasing leaks and broken pipes, a new Mesa irrigation system installation can help!

New updated irrigation systems can also help with high water bills. In fact, with over half of our household water use going into our landscapes, it is a good idea to check your watering system to ensure it’s operating at its maximum efficiency. Doing so will not only help protect our water supply, but also lower your water bill and ensure your lawn and plants remain healthy and green throughout the summer.

Mesa Irrigation System Installation:  Keys For Success

As a licensed landscape contractor, all too often I see homeowners ignore their leaky, outdated irrigation systems for too long. I also see inefficiency in the way many systems are installed- watering sidewalks for instance. Awareness is key. Here are some tips to help ensure your system is in tip top shape:

Pay attention. While it is great to have a low maintenance yard, it is not maintenance free. Make sure you occasionally check your irrigation system. Do an occasional walk-through, just to make sure everything is working as it should be. Examine your plants. Ensure they are healthy and getting the right amount of water and sunlight. Catch any issues with your yard right away. Not only will this prevent future headaches, but also unnecessary costs associated with water leaks, plant replacement, etc.

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Hire a landscape contractor you can trust to install your irrigation system and sprinkler system. It is great to hire a landscaper based on a friend or family member’s recommendation. It is comforting to know that the individuals working around your home have a reputable track record. Make sure you hire someone who is meticulous and thorough- not someone who would just leave a broken pipe in the ground and cover it up! Do not hire a company based on price alone. You don’t want to end up with a system that was quickly pieced together with low-quality materials. You could end up paying for it in the long run. Ask your landscape contractor for references. Make sure they are licensed, bonded and insured.

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If you are considering a Mesa irrigation system installation project, simply fill out our contact form or give us a call at 480-652-0290 for a free consultation. For more information on water conservation and outdoor watering needs, check out www.wateruseitwisely.com. The site offers interactive plant and lawn watering guides and tools to create a customized watering schedule for your landscaping.

AZ Landscape Creations is a licensed Mesa landscape contractor. We also serve the East Valley communities of Queen Creek, Chandler, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills, Phoenix, Tempe, Gilbert, and Ahwatukee.

 

Chandler Landscape Ideas

Chandler Landscape Ideas

Summertime is Tough on Your Chandler Landscape

The summertime temperatures are on their way.  In fact, this week, we hit our first 100° day. Summertime represents many different things to us here in Arizona. For many it is a time for lounging around the pool, having friends over for backyard bbqs, and getting some much needed time off for family vacations. Unfortunately, summertime is not as easy on our Chandler landscape or our water bills, especially if you have a lawn. The next 4 months or so, we must remember to adjust our irrigation systems and diligently ensure our lawns are getting enough water.

If you are tired of “wasting” water on your lawn, paying higher water bills, or perhaps mowing on your days off, you might consider another form of ground cover. Yes, there are other options besides grass…and I’m not talking about rock!

This summer, consider adding plant ground cover to your Chandler landscaping. Plant ground cover will not only help you conserve water and lower your bills, but it will also help keep the soil around your home cooler in the summer. Plus, plant ground cover can add great interest, color and beauty to your Chandler landscape design!

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Here are some ground cover plant options to consider for your Chandler landscape project:

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Golden Dyssoidia

  • Native low-growing wildflower
  • A grouping reaches about 7 inches tall and 8 inches wide
  • Tolerates full sun
  • Requires little water
  • Produces tiny yellow daisy-like flowers from April to June that attract butterflies
  • Dies back in the winter and comes back from the seeds in warmer temperatures

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Prostrate Germander

  • A grouping reaches about 6 to 8 inches tall and 3 to 4 feet wide
  • Can be planted in full sun or part shade
  • Requires a moderate amount of water
  • Produces tiny pink/purple flower spikes in the spring and early summer

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Trailing Lantana

  • A grouping reaches about 1 foot tall and 4 feet wide
  • Requires full sun
  • Requires a moderate amount of water
  • Produces violet flowers throughout the year that attract butterflies
  • Dormant in the winter 

For even more ground cover options, be sure to download our free Ground Cover guide!Chandler landscape

Considering a Chandler landscape project of your own? 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 Chandler, landscaping in Queen Creek and landscaping in Mesa.  We also serve the East Valley communities of Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills, Phoenix, Tempe, Gilbert, and Ahwatukee.