With a bit of proper planning, and the professional services of
Baron Services, your home can be transformed into a desert oasis. The cool months of winter are an ideal time for transforming plans and dreams into a reality.
Two key components of your planned oasis center on water; drip systems and irrigation, and proper selection of appropriate plants, succulents, and cacti. The former will be a cost saver over time and the latter will enhance the beauty and subsequent value of your property.
Low-flow, micro, and trickle
irrigation more often referred to as drip irrigation is simply a slow measured application of water through
devices called emitters. With the exception of lawns, it is the most efficient way to irrigate a yard, especially in the desert southwest. It also works well for vegetable gardens and fruit trees. As there is little lost to evaporation or run off, this method saves water which in turn saves money. Additionally if a drip system is implemented correctly, there will be fewer problems with weeds and insects, and as a bonus, promote healthy plant growth. When thoughts turn toward desert landscaping, the majestic saguaro often comes to mind. These, however, are not very well suited for the upper Colorado River Valley or high desert. Ideally the property owner will consider a blending of desert plants, hearty plants, with a touch of greenery. Then it will be enhanced with touches such as gravel pathways, dry-stacked stone walls, use of adobe, sun bleached wood, wrought iron, and tiles.
Desert landscaping does not need to be bland and colorless. The natural desert can be surprisingly colorful and the ideal yard should mimic the natural landscape. Begin by selecting and grouping plants that have similar water needs and growing requirements, as well as sunlight. When coupled with a drip system, this will reduce the costs and time for maintenance, conserve water, and help develop strong root systems that in turn result in plant longevity.
For a generous sprinkling of color consider the use of annuals. Desert wildflowers are usually grown from seeds sown in fall or early winter. After wildflowers have blossoms they will set seeds, simply let the plants dry out. These dried plants can later be removed to ensure a clean look to the yard. Spring-blooming wildflowers are usually planted in the fall or winter, and summer flowers are planted in early spring.
Ornamental grasses can soften the look of a desert landscape yard that makes heavy use of gravel, stone, and cacti. They can also provide a relaxing sense of movement when stirred on gentle breezes as well as attract desert birds. Ideal examples include Mexican Thread Grass, Deer Grass, Pampa Grass, and Blue Grama.
Cacti are a must. These too should be selected carefully and used judiciously. As many specimens have extraordinary flowers that bloom during warm periods of the year they provide stark contrasts during certain times of the year. They are hardy and adaptable plants can thrive in a wide range of growing conditions, and are easily cared for with use of drip systems.
Start your year with a simple resolution, 2019 is the year that your home becomes a desert oasis. Contact Baron Services today for a free estimate.
Written by Jim Hinckley of JIm Hinckley’s America – www.jimhinckleysamerica.com