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For those who live in Bullhead City, Arizona or in the Colorado River Valley it can be hard to believe that we are living through an historic drought. A cool, blue river with an endless stream of jet skis and boats is flowing past our doors. There is every impression that we live in a desert oasis.

But the drought is real. Scientists are using terms such as “epic” and “historic” as descriptors. They are also predicting that it might be years, or even decades, before there is relief.

This does not mean that you need to replace landscaping with rocks. And it doesn’t mean that you need to fill the swimming pool with sand. It does, however, mean that you need to rethink how best to landscape your yard.

Obviously you want to avoid planting an acre of rich Kentucky bluegrass shaded by weeping willows. Aside from wasting water a luscious green lawn requires Saturday afternoons spent pushing a lawn mower. And isn’t escaping the lawn mower and snow shovel one reason you moved to the Colorado River Valley?

So, what are your options? First, start with a discussion with the landscape, and swimming pool, specialists at Baron Services. For nearly a half century this family owned business has helped families save precious water and transform their homes into desert oasis.

Then develop a landscape plan. This would include drip watering systems and drought resistant plants that require little water even during extended periods of extreme heat.

A properly planned and integrated landscaping can do more than save water. It can greatly enhance the beauty of your property as well.

Do your homework. Then you can ask knowledgeable questions as you work with the professionals from Baron Services to develop a practical landscaping plan.

As an example, it is not just plants and succulents native to the are that will thrive in Bullhead City. Mediterranean plants such as thyme and rosemary will survive and even thrive in desert heat. Add a drip system and these plants will remain healthy with minimal use of water.

And in developing the plan keep in mind that the grouping of similar plants is key. This will prevent them from competing for water and nutrients.

There are many facets to the development of landscaping plan. Consider mulch. Did you know that mulch needs to be tailored to specific plant types? And the use of a proper mulch will also contribute to the saving of water.

Need another reason to call the professionals at Baron Services? They are knowledgeable of home owners association and city codes. They have decades of experience with landscape installation and maintenance.

And perhaps most importantly, they are professionals when it comes to the installation and maintenance of irrigation systems. This includes drip systems and timers to ensure best water usage.

So, are you ready to transform your yard? Are you ready to convert your landscaping into a drought resistant oasis? Give the professionals at Baron Services a call.

Written by Jim Hinckley of Jim Hinckley’s America