25 Apr 2017

Top Landscaping Mistakes

Compiled by Nancy Erdmann - Phoenix Home & Garden - April 2011

PREPARATION
Unreasonable budget expectations: Too many people want a BMW yet expect to pay Walmart prices. By establishing a realistic budget up front, expectations can be met from the beginning.

Lack of preplanning: Avoid rushing things and not having a plan that looks at the whole project—even if some of the items will be installed later. Learn to trust the process. Design takes time and evolves as the project and designer/client relationship develops.

Implementation without a plan: There is so much opportunity lost when each element of a design is thought of singularly as opposed to its place as part of the whole.

Not planning the big things first: A new pool, patio or garage are the kinds of big-footprint items you should plan for first. A common mistake is siting the swimming pool in the middle of the yard and then landscaping around it. This leaves little leftover space for lawn. It’s better to push the pool one way or the other, so there’s room for a chunky-sized lawn that’s good for sports and play.

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18 Apr 2017

Carefree Town Center Gardens to get free facelift

BY LINDA BENTLEY | MARCH 2, 2011 | Sonoran News

Carefree resident Mark Wdowiak, who owns Desert Foothills Landscape with his wife Juanita, after being approached by Carefree residents and master gardeners Marilyn Maloney and June Reilly, offered to enhance the landscaping in Carefree Town Center Gardens at no cost to the town.

During the March 1 council meeting, Town Administrator Gary Neiss said Maloney and Reilly had approached the town regarding their desire to further enhance the gardens.

Those conversations resulted in their contacting Wdowiak to see what level of interest he might have in participating in the project.

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18 Apr 2017

Home of Distinction – 2016 – Cantabria

To help raise money for a wonderful local organization, St. Joseph the Worker, that helps disadvantaged individuals, Desert Foothills Landscape partnered with Cantabria Homes in July of 2016.  The mission of St. Joseph the Worker is to assist homeless, low-income and other disadvantaged individuals in their efforts to become self-sufficient through quality employment.
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18 Apr 2017

TOP 10 LANDSCAPE MISTAKES

Author: Nancy Erdmann – Phoenix Home & Garden – April 2011 – Top 10 Landscape Mistakes
1.) Not understanding your plants’ needs: There is a tendency to purchase a plant that looks good at the nursery without a basic understanding
of its ultimate size, frost sensitivity, and exposure and soil requirements. Do your homework, and in the end it will save you time and money.

2.) Buying plants without considering their size at maturity: People forget how big plants will get when they see them at the nursery. Be sure to determine the space that established plants will need so that they can grow to their full potential.

3.) Lack of plant continuity: I call these “dog’s lunch” landscapes, where there is a little of everything thrown in with no composition. Plant nuts can be the worst offenders. But it is easy to solve by selecting a few theme plants to repeat throughout the garden to pull it all together.
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18 Apr 2017

The “WOW!” Factor

Aaron Clark, president of Desert Foothills Landscape, was featured in the April 2016, Ornamental Breeder publication story called “The ‘wow’ Factor”.

Today’s consumers want to make a statement with their landscapes, whether it’s through sustainability or plants that make the neighbors take notice.  Aaron Clark, president of Desert Foothills Landscape in Arizona, is seeing his clients during the last four or five years asking for what he terms “the wow factor.”
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18 Apr 2017

Advantage Point

Lead Designer, Jake Plocher, was featured in the April 2017 edition of Phoenix Home & Garden in a featured story called Advantage Point.

Recalibrating a front yard design garners a million-dollar view

When a Carefree home caught the eye of East Coast transplants Jim and Carolyn Halladay, the reason for its attraction turned out to be a major detraction. The house had a vantage point high on a hill, but its view was largely unrealized.
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14 Feb 2017

2017 Masters of the Southwest Award Winner

CHAD NORRIS
2017 Masters of the Southwest Award Winner

In every profession, there are those individuals for whom the work seems effortless, as though they were born into their jobs. Landscape designer Chad Norris is one of those people. Self-taught, Chad has an innate skill when it comes to desert plants and using them to create jaw-dropping environments that make homeowners want to live outdoors year-round.
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