03 May 2017

Xeriscaping

How to Design & Maintain Low-To-No-Water Landscaping

Author: Lara Piu - ImagesAZ - November 2014

Coined in the 1980's, the term xeriscaping was created by Denver Water while developing its water conservation plan.  The utility company's design established the founding principles of xeriscaping: low-water-use plants, appropriate turf areas, efficient irrigation, soil improvements and appropriate maintenance and use of mulches.

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03 May 2017

Carefree appreciates $75,000 in donated firehouse landscaping

Author: Curtis Riggs | Sonoran News | October 1, 2008

The beauty of the Carefree Fire Station was greatly enhanced recently thanks to a $75,000 landscaping donation from the folks at Desert Foothills Landscape.

Mark and Juanita Wdowiak landscaped the outside of the $2.5 million firehouse with large armed saguaros, a Giant Cereus Monstrosus, golden barrel cactus, a Grande Ocotillo and variety of yucca and agave plants.

The landscape designers also put in rock arroyos, which will drain rainwater away from the building and take it out into the street.

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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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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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