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...

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...

Don’t throw water or money down the drain

It’s Smart Irrigation Month Water Wisely Irrigation systems are an important part of keeping your plants and trees alive and doing well in the Arizona heat. Following a few simple steps can save you money on your irrigation water bills while keeping your plants looking good. Get in the zone. Schedule each individual zone in your irrigation system to account for type of sprinkler/bubbler/emiters, sun or shade exposure, and soil in that section. Different zones will almost always need different watering schedules if you’re watering different types of vegetation and/or grass. Consider soil type. Type of soil determines how quickly water can be absorbed without runoff. Watering more than soil can absorb causes runoff and waste. You can get a fine in Tucson if you have water running down the street. Don’t send water down the drain. Set sprinklers/bubblers/emitters to water plants or grass, not your driveway, sidewalk, patio or buildings. Water only when needed. Saturate root zones and let the soil dry. Watering too much and too frequently results in shallow roots, weed growth, disease and fungus. Water at the best time. Watering during the heat of the day may cause losses of up to 30 percent due to evaporation. Prevent water loss by watering when the sun is low or down, winds are calm and temperatures are cool — typically between the evening and early morning. Water more often for shorter periods. For example, setting your lawn sprinkler system to run for three, 5-minute intervals lets soil absorb more water than watering for 15 minutes at one time, reducing runoff. Adapt watering to the season. Familiarize yourself...

What’s Wrong With My Tree?

Tree Problems Trees offer shade and are an important asset to a property. You should know the common problems that desert trees have so that you will know them when you see them. It’s the best way to resolve an issue fast. Let’s Get Started Improper Pruning If you’re going to leave a big stub with a little bit of branches coming off of it, remove it. Don’t do this. Mistletoe Mistletoe is a big problem in desert trees. The dark spots in this tree are clumps of mistletoe. It is a parasite that is carried from tree to tree by birds. It will often take hold in a tree that is already stressed, diseased or declining. So, if you see this, the tree already has problems . Wrong Tree Wrong Place Having a tree planted too close to a building, wall, sidewalk or driveway will cause roots to start lifting the wall, sidewalk or drive. Roots can also cause sewer problems. And, that can become a costly repair. Plus, lifted sidewalks are a trip hazard. Always plant a tree with enough room to grow. Remember that a tree’s roots grow to approximately double the size of it’s canopy. We Can Answer Your Tree Questions These are just a few of the problems that you may encounter with trees. Call us at (520) 370-5697 if we can answer any of your tree questions or help you with your properties trees. Our on-staff International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist is happy to help you. Deborah Munoz-Chacon Sonoran Oasis Landscaping ISA Certified Arborist #WE-6083A www.sonoran-oasis.com Copyright © 2017 Sonoran Oasis Landscaping,...