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.

Landscaping In Gilbert- Step #1:  Get A Plan!

Landscaping In Gilbert- Step #1: Get A Plan!

Landscaping In Gilbert – Success Starts with a Plan

Have you ever been to a potluck where everyone showed up with a dessert? If so, you now know how important a plan can be! While most everyone loves dessert, too much of a good thing can be bad. Planning is important in many areas of life. Say you were to go on a 2 week trip to backpack around Europe. Would you plan what to pack? How about where to stay or what to see? Well, planning is key with your landscaping in Gilbert as well!

Ask any licensed landscape contractor, and they will probably tell you that the key to a successful project all starts with a well-designed plan. Before beginning your landscaping in Gilbert project, consider the following:

What’s In A Plan?

The Look: What do you want your backyard to look like? Do you have any pictures from magazines or perhaps Pinterest that you can show your landscape contractor? What kind of look do you want- xeriscape, tropical, old-world, modern, southwestern, etc.?

The Purpose: What is the primary purpose of your backyard? Is it going to function as a play area for children or grandchildren? Do you have a swimming pool? Are you looking for a outdoor oasis to relax and rejuvenate? Would you like to attract wildlife? Do you like to garden or grow flowers? Do you use your backyard more during the summer or the winter?

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Your Role: What kind of role do you want to take when it comes to your backyard? Is yourlandscaping in Gilbert Gilbert home a second home for you? Do you want a design that needs little maintenance? Or, do you enjoy working outside and have the time for upkeep? Are you planning to hire a maintenance company?

All of these aspects are key in creating the perfect retreat for you and your family.  Whether you are planning a complete backyard overhaul or adding to your existing design, make sure the elements you choose work well together.  At AZ Landscape Creations we have the design expertise and software to create a life-like CAD drawing of your landscape project.  With our drawings, you can dream up your perfect yard and see the finished product…granite, concrete pavers, travertine pavers, fire pits, water features, plants, etc. before a shovel even hits the ground!

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Considering a landscaping in Gilbert 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 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.

Gilbert Landscape with Desert Trees

Gilbert Landscape with Desert Trees

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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

Desert Fern

  • 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.

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  • 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.

Queen Creek Landscaping Contractor – Pick the Best

Queen Creek Landscaping Contractor – Pick the Best

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.

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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.queen creek landscaping contractor
  • 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

Gilbert Landscape Lighting

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 prospectiveGilbert landscape lighting 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.

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Gilbert Landscape Lighting Tips

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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.

Gilbert Backyard Landscaping

Gilbert Backyard Landscaping

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.

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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.