Eco friendly and beautification is a landscaping combination that can work when you retain the services of the professionals at Baron Services. Just because you live in the deserts that border the Colorado River Valley, your home doesn’t have to look like a barren wasteland. And you don’t have to spend a small fortune on a water bill to make your home look like an oasis in Fort Mohave, Bullhead City, or Golden Valley.
Creating A Desert Oasis
Landscaping in the desert can be challenging, but also rewarding, if you know what to do. So, how do we transform your private desert kingdom into and oasis? And how do we landscape your yard in a way that saves you money, water and even energy? Here are some ideas to get our discussion started on the right foot:
- Choose native plants that are adapted to the dry climate and require less water and maintenance. We can also discuss other options, plants not native to the area that thrive in a desert climate. Some examples are cacti, mesquite and palo verde trees, succulents, sagebrush, yucca, and even wildflowers. The right mix creates a low maintenance, low water usage garden. And it can also add a splash of color in most every season. As a bonus this type of landscaping will attract birds and butterflies.
- Using specialized mulches to cover the soil will reduce evaporation and erosion during hard monsoon rails. Mulch can also help regulate the soil temperature and curtail weed growth. Use of organic materials like wood chips, straw, or pine needles, or inorganic materials like gravel, rocks, or sand can enhance plant growth. It also reduces water usage, and makes yard maintenance easier.
- Creating shade with trees, pergolas, or umbrellas provides numerous benefits. Shade can lower the temperature of your yard. That makes it more comfortable to spend time outdoors. It can also protect your plants from the harsh sun and reduce water loss. Trees can also provide fruits, nuts, or flowers for you as well as wildlife. And by shading your home during the months of summer, your energy costs for cooling decreases.
- Installation of a drip irrigation system to water your plants efficiently and save water is a key component in desert landscaping. Drip irrigation delivers water directly to the roots of your plants. That limits waste through evaporation or runoff. When linked with timers or sensors to control when and how much water your plants get, the system becomes water frugal.
- The addition of some solar lights, fountains, benches, and pavers will create an inviting ambiance. Solar lights can illuminate your yard at night without using electricity. Properly designed water features can create soothing sounds and cool the air. You can also use solar panels to power other outdoor appliances or devices.
These are just some of the ways that we can landscape your home in the desert to save money and energy. You don’t have to sacrifice beauty or functionality for sustainability. With some creativity and planning from the professionals at Baron Services, a desert oasis that you and your family will enjoy is more than a dream.
Written by Jim Hinckley of Jim Hinckley’s America