Three Easy Ways to Use Drainage to Help Water Your Plants

It’s summertime in the desert and it looks like the monsoon season is here!  Now that we’re getting rain, viagra canada  how can use use the rain water rather than having it run off your property into the street?   #1 – One easy way to divert water to your plants is to create drainage swales using river rock.  The water drains off your roof and runs down the river rock to your plants and trees.  All that’s required is digging a trench to direct the water to your plants and adding the rock. #2 – Water harvesting barrels.  Using water harvesting barrels to collect water from your roof to be stored and used later is another easy way to keep water on your property.  This is more costly than just adding swales but can save you money over time in water savings. #3 – Create a water garden.  A small basin lower than the level of the rest of your yard with plants and trees in it that can catch water and hold it in your yard.  Make sure that any excess water does not stand in the basin because  this can encourage mosquito problems.  A water garden can be combined with swales to divert water to the water garden. Remember that July is Smart Irrigation Month.  Using rainwater is a good way to conserve your irrigation water when we get the monsoon rains.  Every little bit helps.  If you’re looking for more ways to save money on your irrigation water bill, contact us at (520) 370-5697 for...

Mosquitoes and Your Landscaping

Monsoon rains and our warm desert heat equals a breeding ground for mosquitoes. So, cialis sale how do you stay safe and help keep them away from your outdoor areas? Here are some tips to protect yourself, best viagra your family and your pets. Always protect yourself. The less skin that you’re showing the better off you are. Wear pants, socks and shoes, a long-sleeved shirt, hat and gloves. Use DEET-based bug repellant and spray it on your clothes. You can even buy clothes that have bug repellant embedded in them. If you want a natural repellant, you can use citric oil. This comes in wipes that can be applied to your skin. And, if you want to avoid bug spray altogether, you can wear a Bug Baffler shirt (shown below). Another important element in keeping mosquitoes out of your yard is prevention. This starts with removing any standing water.  Take a walk around your yard and see where there might be water sitting. Examples are: Dog water bowls Gutters Swamp coolers Wading pools Overwatered lawns For ponds and fountains, get a Bacillus thuringensis or BT doughnut. It helps keep mosquitoes away from water and doesn’t hurt birds or fish. Citronella candles and torches are a good way to keep mosquitoes away in the evening. And, there are all-natural granular repellants that can be sprinkled on your lawn and other ground areas to keep mosquitoes away. These are non-toxic and have a pleasant scent. Whatever method you use, remember to be consistent in using it. Stay safe and you’ll enjoy your outdoor areas much more this summer. Call Sonoran...

How to keep your trees safe during summer monsoon rains

Summer Monsoon Weather & Tree Damage What to look for to keep your trees safe. The summer monsoon rains bring a welcome relief from our June heat. But, best viagra and they can cause damage to trees. Here’s what to look out for: Crossing branches Cracks in branches or the trunk Leaning trees Dead wood Heavy tree canopy Overwatering Proper pruning and not over watering are the best ways to keep your trees from breaking branches or falling over. Healthy well pruned trees have the best chance for stability in winds and heavy rains. Here’s a short video about monsoon rains and trees. Prevention Magazine Fitness Challenge I recently participated in a Prevention Magazine Fitness Challenge and lost seven pounds. It was a great experience that helped me give up sugar and improve my fitness and health. After the challenge ended, I was approached by one of their assistant editors and asked to tell about my experience doing the challenge. It was very exciting to be one of six participants featured out of more than 11,000 who joined the challenge. Here is the full story. Here’s hoping that all the father’s out there had a very happy Father’s Day! Copyright © 2015 Sonoran Oasis Landscaping, All rights reserved. Our mailing address is: P.O. Box 30937 Tucson, AZ 85751 (520)...

Monsoon Season Tree Care

Monsoon rains bring welcome relief from the summer desert heat.  It also brings strong winds and lightening.  This can be bad for your trees.  To keep your trees from blowing over in our monsoon rains take a few precautions. Properly prune your trees.  Overprunning can cause wind to whip through a tree and blow it over.  And, discount viagra store a top heavy tree canopy can weigh down the tree and make it fall over. Have a good sturdy root system to support your tree during strong winds.  This starts when you buy your tree and plant it. Let your tree grow a strong trunk by buying a tree that does not need to be staked.  Leave lower branches on the tree while it’s growing to increase trunk size. Remove stakes as soon as possible. Watch our short video about monsoon tree care.  Call us at (520) 370-5697 if we can answer any of your tree questions or help you with your tree trimming. Watch the video here. Deborah Munoz-Chacon, sovaldi sale Certified Arborist Sonoran Oasis Landscaping...
Name that Weed

Name that Weed

The monsoon rains are great for our thirsty desert.  The trees and flowers are blooming with all the water they get this time of year.  But, cialis usa  there are other plants that are not so desirable that love the monsoon rains too.  These plants are weeds.  The weed seeds sit patiently under the soil until they get enough rain to sprout.  It seems like we go from one day with no weeds to the next with the ground covered with them. Have you ever been unsure if the leafy plant growing in your yard is a plant or a weed?  If so, viagra sale  here are the most common desert weeds. Desert Broom (Baccharis sarothroides) is the plant shown above.  By the time it gets this big, its extremely hard to kill.  The roots are about as deep as the plant is tall.  If you let it keep growing through the fall and winter, you’ll get lots of white cottony Desert Broom flowers that float through the air and can kick up your allergies. Tumbleweed or Russian Thistle (Salsola tragus) is often associated with the old west and you’ll see it rolling down a dusty street in western movies.  You often see tumbleweeds growing in areas where the ground has been disturbed by construction.  It is extremely drought tolerant which makes it well suited to grow in our desert environment. Spurge (Euphorbiaceae) is a summer weed that you may be noticing right about now. This weed grows from a central tap root.  If you can grab onto it and pull, it will come up all in one piece.  It has a sticky...

5 Summer Landscaping Tips

Summer officially started Friday, sildenafil online June 21 this year. This means that the hot weather is here and will be around for awhile. What does summer mean to you?  Swimming in the pool?  Grilling outdoors?  Taking a vacation? We’re lucky.  We can do things to cool off and have fun even when it’s 110+ degrees.  Your landscape plants and trees aren’t so fortunate.  They are planted in the ground and have to deal with the heat and wind and all the forces of nature that people can get away from. Even though they can’t...