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.  ...

Get Ready to Plant – 10% off all planting and planting labor purchased in Feb.

View this email in your browser 10% off your February planting purchase (includes plants and labor) Thanks for being a regular subscriber to our emails. We hope you enjoy this discount on any of our planting services. Just schedule your planting job by February 28th. Work can be done in March. Call us at (520) 370-5697 for your free estimate. Exp 02-28-18 Email Us Our Featured February Plant Valentine’s or Emu Bush ( Eremophila racemosa) The Valentine’s bush is the perfect plant for February.  This is a desert-loving shrub that produces a burst of color in any landscape. It has pale green leaves that are made more beautiful by bunches of tubular yellow to orange to purple-pink flowers. After the flowers comes grape-like berries. This is just the right plant to use in a narrow spot that needs attention. And, it blooms in February and is evergreen. 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...

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...

Citrus trees in the desert landscape

View this email in your browser What to know about citrus Part of living in a warm southern climate is being able to enjoy growing winter fruits that our northern friends envy this time of year. Citrus was thought to have been introduced to Arizona in the 1700’s and has long been established as one of Arizona’s 5 C’s (along with copper, cattle, cotton and climate). There are many varieties available in our area, all which have their own ripening season, frost sensitivities and enjoyment factor. Here are a few more facts to help you make the most of your citrus: Some varieties of citrus perform in warm, humid climates, while other varieties such as grapefruit, lemons, mandarins and Valencia oranges prefer long hot summers like in our Southwestern deserts. Nearly all commercially grown citrus are grafted. Cocktail trees are common in backyards, which include 2-3 different grafts, providing an assortment of fruits on one tree. Citrus prefer well-drained soils since some rootstocks are susceptible to a common root rot, Phytophthora which can develop in poorly drained soils. It is recommended for citrus to be fertilized a minimum of 3 times per year: Feb., May and Aug. Monitor weather conditions closely to fine-tune the application timing. Some varieties are alternate bearing: trees produce fruit every other year or heavy one year, light the following year. Citrus require ample water, especially during the heat of summer. Mature trees should be watered every 7-10 days in the summer to the depth of 3 feet in the soil, with the water moving out beyond the tree canopy. Allow tree limbs to grow...

Winter Color

  Best flowers to add winter color to your outdoor spaces View this email in your browser Add Winter Flowers for a Pop of Color Winter can be a bland time in the garden. Most plants are dormant or green and your outdoor spaces can be drab. In Arizona, many days are still nice enough to spend outside. And, you can make your yard more cheery by adding some color. It doesn’t take much room to make a statement. A small planter or a few outdoor pots can create an impact. Here are some flowers that are readily available and will add color to your winter landscape. Marigolds – They can be orange or yellow and grow 15″ to 18″. They don’t require much water and they attract butterflies. They will bloom from December through May. They can take the full sun. Geraniums – These can be orange, red, purple, yellow, pink or white.  They grow 12″ to 18″ tall. They require a lot of water but are easy to grow. They like partial shade.They can bloom into June. Pansies – The colors for pansies are blue, yellow, orange, purple, white, red and pink. They become 6″ to 12″ tall. They like some sun. And,they are edible. They bloom through April and are easy to grow. Petunias – Petunias are blue, yellow, pink, purple and white.They grow from 6″ to 18″ tall. Petunias have a nice fragrance and are easy to grow. They do require a lot of water. They also attract butterflies. You can plant them now and they bloom in March, April and part of May.They do have...

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...