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If you live in the southern part of Arizona, you know that maintaining a beautiful landscaping is a challenge to say the least. During the summer months, Arizona can get up to 124 degrees, which is extremely hot. Luckily, there isn’t much humidity, but it is still very hot and hard to keep your plants a live. However, during the winter months, it really isn’t all that “wintry” in the southern parts of Arizona. For example, there isn’t any snow or blizzards to worry about. Like I mentioned earlier, the hotter than normal climate in Arizona does challenge the normal homeowner for how to landscape their yard. I would like to share with you 4 simple landscaping ideas for you if you live in Arizona.

1) One concern for Arizona residents is the fact that water is scarce and in order to conserve water, some homeowners decide to go with the “Desert Landscaping” theme for their yard. It isn’t really that hard considering that Arizona is part of Sonoran Desert Region of the western half of the United States. However, there is a big difference between having a desert landscaping in your front yard and having a professional nice looking desert landscaping. Usually, desert landscaping consist of the following factors:

a) Mainly rocks with No Grass 
b) Various cacti 
c) Native shrubs and bushes like Brittlebush (Encelia farinosa) or Graythorn (Ziziphus obtusifolia) 
d) No drip systems needed 
e) Accent boulders

With the above proportioned nicely throughout your yard, you will easily be able to have a beautiful desert landscape that looks professional and nice looking.

2) Keeping with the conservation theme, a recent trend that I have been seeing is using artificial grass or turf for your landscaping. These types of artificial grasses require little to no maintenance when it comes to watering and/or cutting it. All you really have to do is blow off the leaves or the surface whenever it starts to get covered. Artificial grass usually comes with a 5-10 year warranty depending on the manufacturer.

In Arizona, artificial lawn is especially intriguing to homeowners because of the amount of golf courses in Arizona. Arizona is one of the leading places to play golf because of the year around ideal golf climate and number of courses. Why does this matter with artificial grass? Well, you can actually design yourself your own putting green in your backyard for you to practice on. Do keep in mind that the more extravagant you get, the more it will cost your bottom line.

3) Taking a 180 degree turn, the last idea for your landscaping in Arizona is putting in a pool or a water fountain. Now, because of the extreme heat in the summer and the amount of time you can have to swim, it is sometimes nice to have a pool to cool off in. It does take up some energy and water costs, but the gain in being able to entertain, and cool off is well worth it to most people in Arizona. There are so many options for you when it comes to the type of pool you can put in, but in Arizona, the growing trend is “play pools”. These type of play pools are smaller, but perfect for a game of volleyball or basketball. Just big enough to get cooled down, but small enough to keep energy costs down.

Most backyards in Southern Arizona aren’t very big because of the fact the southern part of Arizona is densely populated cities that are right next to each other, so installing a pool in your backyard is usually the main focal point for guests. It is important to get the type of pool that best fits the rest of your landscaping.

These 3 ideas are great for the new homeowner who has taken advantage of the recent woes in Arizona’s real estate market. Remember that there are other great ideas, but hopefully, these 3 did give you some good ideas for your next landscaping project.

I love landscaping and all of the planning, designing, and execution that comes a long with it. I provide quality Arizona Landscaping for customers looking for great new ideas for their yards that will last for years. Landscaping is a passion of mine and I enjoy sharing my knowledge with others. Please visit Goodmans Landscape for even more info on landscaping ideas in Arizona and what services we can provide for you yard today.

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