Spring Plantings Done Right

Yellow BellsSpring is my favorite time of the year in the desert because it brings renewal, viagra canada incredible weather, tadalafil and outdoor plant color everywhere.  Just look around and you will see nature at its best.  Trees have new leaves and buds, flowers are blooming in every imaginable color, and the Sonoran desert is alive and vibrant.

Spring also brings the best weather for planting.  So, now is the time to consider how you can improve your property’s landscaping.  Whether you are starting from scratch and planting a new area or adding to an existing landscaped area, a little planning and forethought can go a long way toward creating landscapes that are beautiful and can be an asset for many years to come.  Areas can be created to be visually stunning; to create a cool, lush oasis; to hold water runoff; to be a buffer; or to be a transitional area from a mini-oasis to the natural desert.

There are certain simple steps that can be taken to ensure that your landscaping is well designed, easy to maintain, and water conserving.  First, look at the area to be landscaped or updated and answer the following questions:

  • Is it in the shade or full sun?
  • Is it near a busy street?
  • Is it adjacent to the natural desert?
  • What does the naturally occurring vegetation surrounding the area consist of?
  • Will there be children playing in the area?
  • Is it a large space or a small space?

Once these questions have been answered, a plan can be put together to determine what types of plants, trees, irrigation, and other materials should be used.  Using the correct materials initially will make for a successful project.

When choosing trees look for ones that have tapered trunks rather than trunks that are the same size at the top and bottom.  Also, look for trees that have branches and leaves on the lower portion of the trunk.  These assist in photosynthesis and help to strengthen the trunk.

Plant size should also be considered when choosing to add plants.  The area to be planted should be examined to determine what type of plant to use.  Plants that require shade will wilt easily when planted in full sun.  Plants with thorns or sharp edges work well in large open areas but not next to walkways.  Desert plants such as cactus, agaves and aloes require little or no irrigation and can usually survive on rainwater while many shrubs and groundcovers may require supplemental irrigation.

Additionally, crushed rock and decomposed granite can be used to give a finished look to a landscape.  Using rock helps cool the soil thus reducing water requirements for landscape plants and trees.  Another benefit is that it cuts down on weed growth.  Strategically placed river rock swales can be added for interest and to assist in diverting water away from buildings and toward plants and trees. And, boulders are a good way to add appeal to an area without increasing water usage or maintenance.

Look for healthy plant material of good quality, consider using natural desert vegetation to help reduce water usage, and use materials that complement the area to provide a natural and attractive look.  Be patient while your new plants and trees adjust to their environment and grow to their mature size.  Enjoy your landscape and happy planting!

Deborah Munoz-Chacon, Owner

Sonoran Oasis Landscaping

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