17 May 2019

Is curb appeal important?

If you want a potential home buyer excited from the start, you need to have curb appeal in your front entry and street view.  When they pull up to your home or see the first online photo, your home needs to stand out as a well maintained home with a beautiful landscape.

As you can see from the photos below, the specimen cacti in those homes will only grow and mature over time, which increases the value of your home.  Over the course of 20 years, does a kitchen upgrade, bathroom upgrade, pool install, room addition, or solar panel install increase in value?  A professional landscape that is well maintained (watered, fertilized, and treated with disease prevention) will mature and even become better looking over time.  When you make the investment in a 12 foot organ pipe today, what do think that organ pipe is worth in 20 years?

Before you start your next home improvement project, remember great landscaping is the only one that increases in value from the original purchase.

13 May 2019

Defensible Space – Fire Break

Desert Foothills Landscape has been working with local fire departments for decades on ways to help prevent wildfires.  With all the rain this year, the vegetation in the Sonoran Desert is thick with grasses.  These grasses are one lighting strike, cigarette, or camp fire away from created a huge wildfire.

As a landscape company we are advising our community to practice a methodology that we are certified in a called “Firewise”.  As a business owner or homeowner you need to perform “Firewise” planning yourself or contact our office at 480-488-0128 to schedule a free estimate for our crews to get you ready.

Why do you need to create a Defensible Space?

A defensible space refers to the area between your home and the oncoming wildfire where the vegetation has been modified to reduce the wildfire threat and to provide and opportunity for structural protection without risking homeowner or firefighter lives.  You want to give your home the best chance of making it through a wildfire, by creating well-maintained, live vegetation zone to prevent damage to structures in case of wildland fires.  Defensible Space acts as a fire break, and should contain only small brush, cacti and trees to prevent a continuous path of flammable materials leading to inhabited structures.

Maintain a 20-foot zone out from the rear and side yard fences around your home. Thin dead and fallen vegetation, perennial grasses and overgrown bushes; remove dead branches and/or branches touching the ground; and all invasive plants within this 20-foot area.  Your backyard is considered 10 feet of the 30-foot Defensible Space noted in the diagram.

09 Apr 2019

3D – Tours

Featured on our 3D Tour Page you are encouraged to view 4 properties that designers Chad Norris and Jake Plocher transformed.

If you are viewing the tour on a mobile phone or tablet, you can move the device through the landscape.  The little triangles on the bottom of the page allow you to freely move throughout the home and zoom into each focal vignette.

All of these homes have been featured in Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine. Please take a virtual walk through these beautiful high-desert landscaped homes.

12 Feb 2019

Phoenix Home & Garden 2019 Garden Tour

We hope to see you on the Phoenix Home & Garden Tour in April.  2017 Masters of the Southwest Award winner, Chad Norris, will be showing off the jaw-dropping landscape of the Goldwater estate.  You can click this link to view a 3D Virtual Tour ahead of time.

April 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – $50 per person – Click this link to purchase your ticket

Join Phoenix Home & Garden for its 21st annual Garden Tour, where guests have the exclusive opportunity to participate in this self guided tour of some of the Valley’s most luxurious residential gardens, outdoor living spaces and landscapes.

At each home during the Garden Tour, you will meet design landscape professionals, magazine editors and Master Gardeners while taking in the innovative design and unique plant combinations on display.

This event also serves as a fundraiser with a portion of ticket sales benefiting Desert Botanical Garden.

This is a RAIN or SHINE event.

A map listing the home addresses of the Garden Tour homes will be emailed to all ticket buyers one week prior to the event date.

05 Jan 2018

Eye on Design – The “IT” List

Check out the Luxe Magazine – Jan/Feb 2018 edition in the section “Eye on Design 2018” to read about our VP of Sales / Lead Design – Chad Norris. The magazine reads, “As part of our annual compendium on regional style, we’ve turned to the most trusted names in local design to discover tips, trends and ideas on what drives design aesthetics today.”

Chad Norris is featured on page 179 in “The IT List“, as one of the landscape experts sharing why gardens are a growing priority.  The article quotes Chad saying, “I’ve noticed a greater appreciation for the desert landscape, with homeowners asking for larger picture windows, telescoping doors and other elements that bring the outside in, making dramatic and colorful garden an even more important investment. Clients want to bring in a ton of color, texture, vibrant seasonal blooms, depth and visual interest without having to update flowers twice a year or hire a maintenance gardener.”

27 Oct 2017

Desert Foothills Landscape featured in two prominent home magazines

Desert Foothills Landscape is featured in Luxe Magazine Arizona in their October 2017 issue and Phoenix Home and Garden in both the October and November 2017 issues.

The Luxe article is titled “Special Blend” and can be seen here

The October Phoenix Home and Garden article is titled “Good for the Soul” can be read here. The November article is titled “Where the Heart Is” can be read here.

25 Oct 2017

Desert Foothills Landscape donates 2,000 plants worth $1M for Carefree Desert Gardens

One landscape designer and his wife and five co-designers along with up to 2,000 plants worth $1 million have made the Carefree Desert Gardens a reality.

The town will celebrate the efforts of landscaper Mark Wdowiak and his wife, Juanita, and their crew on Nov. 13.

A boojum tree and towering saguaros serve as a crowning achievement in the transformation of the town center that less than two decades ago was little more than a dirt parking lot.

Check out the full AZ Central Article here

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