Creating a Sustainable Landscape

What is Sustainable Landscaping? Sustainable landscaping can mean different things to different people.  Some people think that sustainable landscaping means only using cactus and not using any irrigation.  Others think that it means using water cisterns to capture rain water. And, others have no idea what it means and may not even realize that a landscaping is sustainable when they see one. The checklist below gives a basic idea of what sustainable landscaping in a desert environment includes.Use it as a guide for your home and your properties to help you have a landscape that is beautiful while conserving our natural resources. Call us at (520) 370-5697 if we can help you with creating a sustainable landscape or with any of your landscaping or irrigation needs.  ...

January Special Landscaping Offer – 10% off all rock work

  January Landscaping Special New Year New Rock Start the new year off with: A fresh coat or new covering of crushed rock River rock swales to help alleviate standing water and to divert it to your plants and trees Catalina rock to stop erosion on slopes and give your landscape a finished look This January landscaping special runs through the end of January.  Call (520) 370-5697 or email us at dmunoz@sonoran-oasis.com for a free estimate.  Just approve and schedule your rock work by January 31, 2018 to receive this offer. Share Tweet Forward Copyright © 2018  Sonoran Oasis Landscaping, All rights reserved. Our mailing address is: P.O. Box 30937 Tucson, AZ 85751 (520) 370-5697 Want to change how you receive these emails? You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.  ...

New Year – New Landscaping

View this email in your browser New Year – New Landscaping The New year is a time to start fresh.  Whether it’s improving your health, your finances, or your landscaping, there are always ways to make things better. Some improvements that make a difference can be small. And, some can be really big. When it comes to your landscaping, there are lots of ways to make it better.  For a new landscape start with a plan. Rather than randomly adding plants consider what you’d like your outdoor space to look like and how you will use it.  Starting with a design can help you envision the finished project and changes made on paper won’t cost you the time and money installing and removing bad choices will cost you in your yard. Want to freshen up your garden or landscape? If you have an existing landscape or garden, you can make it more exciting and colorful by strategically adding and/or removing plants and trees.  This is less costly than starting over. And, you have the advantage of having mature plants that will give your landscape a finished look from the start. Is your landscaping looking a little drab? You can make it look cleaner and brighter by freshening up your existing crushed rock or decomposed granite.  Both types of rock become thin with regular blowing and raking over time.  Adding more fills in the bare spots and improves the color.  Another easy fix is to remove and reset any river rock or Catalina rock that is starting to get covered by dirt and displaced from people, pets and rain. Do...

Client Highlight Desert Greens & National Collect Rocks Day is September 16th

Desert Greens is a beautiful small gated community in Oro Valley that we have been working with for the last seven years.  One of the unique things about this community is that they have a park area complete with exercise stations equipment and large desert trees. They have a walking trail outside the community that continues along the river and is a great place to take an early morning walk with your dog. The community uses a mix of desert plants, trees and shrubs to offer a lot of color and different textures in their landscapes.  It is a pleasure working with Gary and George the community’s Landscape Chairmen.  They make our job easy! COLLECT ROCKS DAY SEPTEMBER 16TH Did you know that there is a holiday for collecting rocks?  Well there is and it’s September 16th.  Rocks are an important part of desert landscapes.  Crushed rock and decomposed granite are used as yard coverage. And, boulders are used to add interest to a landscape without increasing your water bill.  You can get creative with your rock work and use river rock to make swales to divert water to your plants.  These are just a few ways you can use rocks in your landscape. Take a few moments today and look around to see what types of rocks are in your neighborhood and how they are used. You’ll likely come up with some interesting ideas.  Collect a few rocks if you find some interesting ones.  Kids know that rocks are fun. Adults can enjoy them too. September 16th’s ice cream is Rocky Road. I wouldn’t expect anything else. Deborah...

How Your Landscape Can Help Stop Intruders

Have you ever thought about how your landscaping can help keep thieves away from your home? I think a lot of us don’t think about having our home broken into until it happens. Then we become quite aware of just how vulnerable our homes may be.  Having a good security system and bars on your windows and doors are an excellent solution.  And, discount viagra  your desert landscaping can be an additional safeguard against burglars. Here are some ways that your landscaping can help in keeping you safe in your home. Planting thorny cactus in front of your windows will make thieves think twice before trying to break into one of your windows. Having crushed rock in your yard will allow you hear when someone is walking around your property.  Crushed rock is very audible when walked on and makes a crunching noise. Create additional lighting around your plants near your house to brighten your exterior while adding interest to your evening landscape.  And, don’t forget that you can always put a motion sensor light to scare intruders away. Don’t plant tall shrubs next to your home.  People can easily hide behind them. Those are just a few ways to help make your home safer.  They’re easy and fairly inexpensive and well worth your family’s safety and your peace of mind.  Here are some more ideas from Good Morning America’s article about burglar proofing your home. If you enjoyed our post, visit our website at...

We Will Rock You!

As the Queen song says, generic viagra generic “We will, we will rock you!”  Well…maybe this isn’t quite the same.”  But, it is good to know the difference between different types of rock.  If you buy the wrong rock, you could end up with a pile of rock that leaves you scratching your head and wondering what you’re going to do with it.  There’s crushed rock, decomposed granite, river rock and rip rap rock.  Each one is different from the other and used for different purposes. Crushed rock comes in sizes from 1/4″ to 7/8″.  This rock comes in colors such as Apache Brown, Desert Gold, Sunset Brown, and Wildcat Red.  The pieces of this rock are all approximately the same size.  This is the type of rock you often see in front yards. Decomposed granite is different from crushed rock.  This rock comes in sizes such as 1/4″ minus, 1/2″ minus and 3/4″ minus.  It has “minus” in it’s name because the pieces of rock are the size (such as 1/4″) down to the size of dirt.  This rock deteriorates and crumbles away over time.  You often see this type of rock in residential yards too.  The main reason people use this rock rather than crushed rock is because it costs less than crushed rock.  It eventually needs to be replaced. River rock is rock that has been smoothed over time by running water in a river or stream.  It is usually gray and comes in sizes in a range of 3/8″ – 3/4″ and up to 3″ – 8″.  The rocks are never all the same size.  It is always...