Residential Landscaping Ideas for Winter in the Desert

Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 10:02 AM
posted by Ed Bambauer

Tempe landscaperUnlike other areas of the country, the winter season is shorter in Tempe, lasting only December through April. Even then, temperatures will only drop to very cold levels for a few days, usually in January. The time for spring gardens is between February and May, so winter is the season to put in plants that would normally be grown in spring in other parts of the country. What should you plant? A good Tempe landscaper can provide plenty of suggestions for an attractive landscape or garden that will grow quickly. To get started, here are a few basic residential landscaping ideas for winters in the Arizona desert:

Flowers

There are many types of flowers including annuals, perennials and wildflowers that can be planted in winter and be fully blooming in the spring. Flowers that do well in the winter desert include desert marigold, sage, honeysuckle and bird of paradise. Many of the autumn flowering plants do equally well in winter. Perennials that you can grow during this season include carnations and Iris, while bulbs like tulips and daffodils also tend to do well.

Herbs

Plant herbs in winter and enjoy a fragrant garden in spring full of fresh and healthy aromatic plants that will also spice up any meal. Herbs will grow well in a section of the garden that gets sufficient amounts of sun, contains well drained soils and has great circulation. They can be grown in a patch or pots and other containers. Popular herbs that you can grow in winter include: dill, oregano, parsley and mint.

Vegetables

Many vegetables which can tolerate frost and require cold weather to germinate grow well in the desert winter. These include: broccoli, eggplant, peppers, melons and artichokes. Before you begin, consult with a Tempe landscaper to ensure proper growing procedures such as getting your soil tested and preparing seed beds well in advance to ensure that you have a supply of healthy, organic vegetables throughout the year.

Residential landscaping in the desert winter need not be a complicated process. By following a few basic rules such as selecting the right plants and planting at the appropriate time, you can have beautiful landscaping that will provide beautiful aesthetics to your home. The best way to get started is to contact a Tempe landscaper to make suggestions and help you begin with landscaping your home this winter. To learn more and to start a discussion on winter landscaping, contact Corona Landscape today or give us a call at 602-373-9100 to learn more about our residential landscaping services.

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Low Maintenance Business Landscaping Ideas

Thursday, February 9, 2017 @ 10:02 AM
posted by Ed Bambauer

commercial landscapingGood landscaping is as essential to your business’s success as having the right products and providing great customer service. The exterior is the first thing people notice about your office or place or business, so it goes without saying that an unattractive exterior is likely to negatively impact your business.

If you have not put any effort into the exterior of your business, then now is the time to start. For the basics, you do not have to do anything elaborate: cleaning up debris, mowing the grass and trimming the shrubs and trees will help your business look attractive. In order to create an attractive and compelling exterior that attracts customers, though, it is wise to consult with a commercial landscaper in Ahwatukee. They have years of experience improving the appearance of properties and will be happy to discuss your situation with you. Hiring a commercial landscaper need not be expensive though. There are many ways to have an attractive exterior without spending a lot of money. Here are a few simple and low maintenance business landscaping ideas that you can use to keep your commercial property looking its best.

Keep the design simple. When designing the landscape, concentrate on simple lines and minimal plants in order to create a landscape that is both beautiful and easy to maintain. Elaborate gardens with mazes, evergreens, furniture and accessories are hardly necessary.

Use native plants. As much as possible, try to use plants that grow naturally in the desert environment as they will be easy to plant and maintain. Also, be sure to plant different types of seasonal plants so that the exterior of your business looks attractive all year long.

Proper use of paving. Reduce the size of your lawn by paving or tiling a larger part of your property, especially areas that experience heavy traffic. Concrete, tiles and decorative stone provide a hard wearing surface that is extremely durable and easy to maintain.

Plant winter-friendly flowering plants. There is a wide variety of attractive flowering plants that thrive during the Arizona winters. These plants are great for commercial landscapes as they do not require a lot of care and still produce attractive flowers.

Minimal plants: Instead of crowding your yard with many high maintenance plants, go for a few high performing varieties that will provide a point of focus in your landscape and require little care in the process. 

Landscaping your commercial property can be easy and cost effective if you follow a few simple strategies. A reputable commercial landscaper in Ahwatukee will help you decide on the best landscaping strategies for you, and ensure that you have a garden that is both beautiful and easy to maintain.

At Corona Landscape we dedicate ourselves to making your business look good. We will help you plan your landscaping, install it and then set up a schedule of regular maintenance for your business so that your business will always give a great impression. Contact Corona Landscape today or give us a call at 602-373-9100 to learn more about our commercial landscaping services.

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How to Find the Best Landscaping for Businesses in Gilbert

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 @ 09:12 PM
posted by Ed Bambauer

business landscapingIf you are searching for landscaping for businesses in Gilbert, you have probably experienced some frustration. There are numerous landscapers available, but it can be difficult to determine which will give you the best value for your budget. Selecting a landscaper is a business decision and you want to make sure you get the best value for your dollars. Therefore, key decision-making factors should be considered when you are looking for a landscaper. Here are four that you will want to think about:

Locally owned and operated

A locally owned and operated commercial landscaping business is an important consideration. With a local business you can build a relationship with the owners and employees. When the landscapers become familiar with you and your business, they may give you special considerations as well as cost-saving suggestions. Large national landscapers operate on volume and can have high employee turnover, but a local business creates the best landscaping for your business because your success means their success.

Experience

Look for a company that has several years of experience in landscaping for businesses in Gilbert. Working with a landscaper with experience (especially in our desert climate) can serve as an assurance of great results. An experienced landscaper can suggest the correct plants for the best appearance, the correct watering schedule and the most effective trimming and maintenance schedule.

Client Focus

The best landscaping company for businesses in Gilbert focuses on you and your customers first. You are concerned about taking care of your customers as well as the care and building of your brand. The best landscaper will spend time getting to know you so they can consider your needs as well as make suggestions that will help your business be more attractive and inviting to your potential customers.

Cost of services

Finally, of course, is cost. But do not make the decision on cost alone. Instead, make the decision based on value; how much value you are getting for your landscaping dollars. A good landscaper will add value by doing things like flexing their schedule when need be, doing emergency work if it comes up and providing money-saving hints and tips. Local businesses who want to keep you as a client will always be adding value.

Good commercial landscaping is an important factor in having a successful business. When considering a business that provides landscaping for businesses in Gilbert, think about the four factors we talked about to help you make your decision. If you would like to learn more or discuss your business landscaping, contact Corona Landscape today at 602-373-9100 or contact us here.

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What the Pros do for Winter Landscaping in Arizona

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 @ 09:12 PM
posted by Ed Bambauer

winter landscapingProper winter landscaping in Arizona is important because the native plants that grow in our desert climate need to be given special attention during the winter months. Even though the winter is mild in Arizona the desert plants are affected by the cooler temperatures. Plus you want to prepare your landscaping for the warmer temperatures when spring arrives. Here are some tips that professional landscapers use for winter landscaping in Arizona.

Tree Pruning

The winter months are a good time to have your trees and large shrubs pruned. The cooler weather reduces the shock to the trees and ensures that they will grow well in the spring. Citrus trees can be pruned in February or March after the fruits have been picked.

Reduce Watering

Winter is the time to cut back on water usage. Sprinkling schedules can be reduced significantly from the harsh summer months; lawns can be watered less and tree watering schedules can be reduced from twice a week to once a week or less.

Winter Lawns

People who have lawns like to keep it lush and green all year long. But if it does not receive proper attention during the change of seasons you will have a dull brown lawn. Seed your lawn with ryegrass and sprinkle it with fertilizer to ensure having a green lawn all winter.

New Native Planting

Select some well adapted or native plants that not only perform well with little water but also reflect the beauty of Arizona. Plant some native plants such as agave and mesquite as well as some of the Mediterranean plants such as rosemary which does well in the winter and thrives under the hot sun. For suggestions on the types of flowering plants to put in, see our blog post titled “Autumn Landscaping in Arizona”.

Desert Landscaping

Rock gardens can be added during the winter months. They usually incorporate drought-tolerant plants which do not require a lot of care and the stones offer a nice décor that enhances the look of the garden. Now is also the time to get creative in improving the landscaping such as adding stucco-walled raised flower beds.

The cooler months offer a unique time for winter landscaping in Arizona. Using the cool months to change and modify your landscaping, you can ensure that you have a beautiful home all year round.   If you would like to discuss winter landscaping, contact Corona Landscape today at 602-373-9100 or contact us here.

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Desert Landscaping: A Low-Water Alternative

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 @ 08:11 PM
posted by Ed Bambauer

Chandler landscapingWinter is coming to the Phoenix area. In other parts of the country, winter means rain or snow, but not so in the Valley of the Sun. We just get colder temperatures. So what kind of landscaping is best for our dry area? Desert landscaping is a good alternative for areas that do not get much water.

Desert landscaping is landscaping and gardening that reduces or eliminates the need for supplemental water from irrigation (its technical name is “Xeriscaping”). It is used in regions that do not have plentiful or reliable supplies of fresh water such as deserts. If you want to cut back on your usage of water, then desert landscaping may be an alternative that you would like to consider.

Desert landscaping can be different from natural landscaping because the emphasis is on selection of plants for water conservation and drier air, not necessarily selecting native plants. Plants whose natural requirements are appropriate to the local climate are emphasized and care is taken to avoid losing water to evaporation and run-off.

This does not mean, though, that these types of landscapes are ugly expanses of cactus and gravel. There are many flowering plants, attractive shrubs and drought-tolerant trees that fit nicely into a desert-themed landscape.

One of the advantages of the year-round sunshine in the desert is that there are always plants blooming; nothing hibernates for the winter. Therefore, desert landscaping can be optimized through color combinations of flowering plants. As we have discussed in the blog post “Autumn Landscaping in Arizona”, there are a variety of flowering plants that have attractive color combinations. Careful selection of these by your Chandler landscaper can result in lovely bursts of color that highlight your yard. Strategic placement of bushes and shrubs can outline a yard as well as create a natural barrier to animals.

Cacti have attractive flowers that bloom at different intervals. In addition, cacti come in many different shapes and sizes. This gives a clever Chandler landscaper various means of creating an interesting and eye-catching display. In addition, cacti (and their spikes) are well-known for deterring persons or animals that have no business crossing your yard.

Finally desert landscaping is good for dealing with the occasional rainstorm. Arizona rain happens in downpours; 3 – 5 minutes of pounding rain is the norm. Desert landscape can be strategically sloped to funnel water away from buildings and sidewalks, while remaining attractive to look at.

In short, if you would like to cut back on your water usage consider putting in desert landscaping. Water usage can be cut dramatically while maintaining an attractive and appealing yard. If you would like to learn more contact Corona Landscape today at 602-373-9100 or send us an email.

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Questions to Ask Before Signing a Commercial Landscape Contract

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 @ 05:11 PM
posted by Ed Bambauer

tempe commercial landscapingSigning a contract for commercial landscaping in Tempe is the same as any other contract. It is important to read through it and understand all the important points before you sign it. You want to make sure you know exactly what is included and if the company is qualified to handle the project. Having an attractive landscape around your business is important, so treat discussions with potential landscapers like an interview process to make sure they are a good fit for you.

Here are three important questions to ask the landscaping company before signing a maintenance contract with them.

What Services Are Included?

Surprisingly, many times this question will not be asked. But it is important because this question will define what services will be provided and will also help you determine if the company is the right fit for your property. You want to ensure that they can meet all of your landscape maintenance needs, so ask them to go into detail about the services that are included.

All of the services they will be providing for your site should be listed in the contract. Instead of just writing they will be giving you landscape maintenance services, the contract should detail what that includes such as lawn mowing, edging, fertilization and irrigation adjustment.

The contract should also include the service plan; the number of mowings and trimmings, how and when they will adjust the irrigation, etc. This will give you an idea of how extensively they will take care of your property.

Do They Have the Right Experience?

In addition to ensuring the company is including all of the services you need in the contract, it is important to make sure that they have needed experience to execute the tasks properly and safely. Here are some questions to ask to determine their level of qualification:

  • How long have they been in business?
  • How long have their employees been working in the landscaping business?
  • Do they have clients that you can talk with?
  • Are there any local properties that they manage that you can visit?

Make sure the commercial landscaping company has maintained a property that is similar in size and needs as yours. Observing properties that they are currently working on will give you real-world examples of the services outlined in the contract.

Can We Make Changes to the Contract Later?

A contract does not need to be final and unchangeable if both you and the landscaping company desire some changes to be made. For example, you may decide you want to add a service that wasn’t originally included in the contract. Or you want to make changes to the plants or materials that you had decided on previously.

A good landscaping company in Tempe will realize that changes happen and will be willing to work with you. To make changes, both you and the company will need to agree to it and change the contract, with signatures showing the changes as well as documenting the change so that there will be no confusion in the future.

In short, contracts are meant to protect both parties; it guarantees that services are performed as expected and that payments are made accordingly. Make sure expectations are met for both parties by first asking the right questions and ensuring all agreed-to information is in the contract.

To get started, contact Corona Landscape today – your Tempe landscaper serving businesses in Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Ahwatukee and Ocotillo, AZ. We are licensed, bonded and insured (ROC #268146). Call 602-373-9100 today.

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Tips for Tempe Landscape Maintenance

Thursday, October 27, 2016 @ 10:10 AM
posted by keoadmin

Temp landscape maintenanceKeeping your landscaping properly maintained improves the look of your home as well as prevents disputes with neighbors and local housing association code enforcement agencies. Tempe landscape maintenance is a bit different than most areas of the country, though, due to the desert climate. Taking it one step at a time will result in a beautiful landscape.

Lawns

The lawn is one of the first things people will notice about your yard. Therefore, you will want to keep it maintained. The first method to ensure you have a nice looking lawn is to make sure you have planted both types of grass. Because we live in the desert, there are two types of grass to keep your lawn looking green; Bermuda for the summer and Rye for the winter. Next, ensure you mow your grass properly. Do not be tempted to cut the grass short with the idea that you will have to mow less frequently. Keep your mower blade high to encourage healthy growth and to avoid stressing the grass.

To keep your lawn green during the summer, water it three times per week. Water in the evening or early in the morning to ensure the majority of water goes into the ground and is not lost to evaporation.

Trees

Trees add beauty to the landscape, but if they are not maintained they begin to look unsightly. In the springtime trees are putting out new leaves and branches and starting to flower. This is a good time to trim out any suckers, prune dead branches and to put mulch around the base of the tree. Trees should be pruned after they have finished flowering; in the desert this is usually February or March, especially with citrus trees. To maintain an attractive look, rake up fallen leaves when they drop.

Shrubs

Shrubs soften the edges of your home by adding a bit of green. They need to be maintained regularly, though, or they will become overgrown. In the springtime, feed the shrubs with a balanced fertilizer and add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch around them. Since we have year-round sun in the desert, Tempe landscape maintenance means keeping up with the shrubs’ year-round growth: prune them regularly in order to keep them looking nice. During the summer heat, water shrubs deeply once a week.

Flowers

Perennial and annual flowers add color to your landscape. Perennials can be planted in fall or in the spring. Annuals are planted mainly in the spring. During the growing season, flowers should be watered according to their needs. Most flowers will benefit from being fertilized at least three times; once when you plant them, again when buds begin to form and once more during flowering. As the flowers on your plants begin to fade, pluck off the dead ones. This keeps the plant tidy and encourages it to flower again. When the leaves on the perennials turn yellow, trim the plant to the ground. Annuals, on the other hand, can be pulled up and discarded once they fade.

Tempe landscape maintenance is always a challenge due to the desert climate. For more tips or help with your landscaping, contact Corona Landscape today at 602-373-9100 or send us an email.

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Commercial Landscaping in Chandler on a Budget

Friday, October 14, 2016 @ 04:10 PM
posted by Ed Bambauer

Commercial Landscaping in ChandlerIt is easy for commercial property owners to underestimate how important landscaping elements are for building their businesses. First impressions count in business and a well-landscaped business builds confidence in the customer, whether first-time or returning.

Yet it does not have to be an expensive proposition to provide your office building with curb appeal that will entice customers to come in. Careful planning can result in an attractively-landscaped business at a reasonable cost. Here in Chandler it can be something of a challenge to create attractive landscaping that can tolerate the summer heat, so here are five tips to design an attractive commercial landscape on a modest budget.

Start with a plan

Planning your landscaping is an important first step. Planning commercial landscaping in Chandler requires carefully thinking out how you will use landscape design to emphasize your business. By doing so you will be able to select the best design elements as well as keep an eye on your budget.

Contact your landscaping company and ask them to propose a plan for your business landscape. Many of them will be happy to work with you to create a landscape that gives your business strong curb appeal and makes it inviting and welcoming. Discuss your budget concerns as well as what you want. Also ask about long-term sustainability for your landscaping; you want to make sure that what you do will last for more than one year.

Make the entrance obvious and welcoming

Making the building entrance obvious and inviting is one of the primary objectives of any well-planned commercial landscaping in Chandler. This can be accomplished by adding low, bright colors, including flowers and bright grasses. What you want is something that will draw the viewer’s eyes.

Grab the visitor’s attention

Use your landscape design to include a focal point, such as a sign or logo, to draw attention to your location and strengthen these focal points by providing color and visual interest. This can be achieved with annuals planted in the spring for a blast of color that strengthens curb appeal and interest in the company.

Think about the person who is driving in their car and looking for your location. They will scan the area surrounding your business for one to two seconds. Make sure they can easily find your business by structuring your landscaping to direct their eyes to your sign.

Create a safe environment

During the winter people are coming and going to work in the darker morning and evening hours. Safety is a prime concern at these times. Have low-voltage lighting or soft and subtle lighting to enhance the entryway and point to the entryway. This applies to both customers’ and employees’ entrances.

In addition, ensure that your parking lots are safe as well. Refrain from planting hedges, large bushes and low trees that block visibility. Instead, plant attractive grasses and flowers to brighten up the lot without adding eye-blockers.

Plan for low maintenance

Consider how much time you want to invest in the seasonal maintenance of your landscaping. While discussing the plan with your landscaping company, ask them to prepare a maintenance plan that includes notes that detail the care of the landscape throughout each season.

Keep in mind that there is no such thing as a zero-maintenance plan; regular trimming, edging, pruning and fertilizing is important, but low overall maintenance is achievable if you plan. This will promote the care and ultimately the year-round tidiness of your landscape.

At Corona Landscape we dedicate ourselves to making your business look good. We will help you plan your landscaping, install it and then set up a schedule of regular maintenance for your business so that your business will always give a great impression. Contact Corona Landscape today at 602-373-9100 or send us an email.

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Autumn Landscaping in Arizona

Thursday, September 29, 2016 @ 09:09 AM
posted by Ed Bambauer

Autumn landscaping in ArizonaAutumn in Arizona has distinct benefits for the landscaper because autumn’s cooler air temperatures are easier on both plants and homeowners. The soil is still warm, so if you do some new planting the roots will grow right away. But even if you are just transplanting the warm soil means less of a shock for the plant.

Autumn also means different flowering plants. Because Arizona has sun all year round, there are always plants blooming and those plants will add color to your landscaping. According to educational materials published by the Water Conservation offices of the City of Chandler, here are some autumn color combinations with desert-adapted plants:

Autumn Sage and Mt. Lemmon Marigold. These are two fall blooming desert shrubs which make a beautiful combination. Autumn Sage has red flowers which contrast with the intense yellow flowers of the Mt. Lemmon Marigold.

Hummingbird Trumpet and Prairie Zinnia. This is another beautiful color combination. The red flowers of the Hummingbird Trumpet stand out brightly in contrast to the yellow flowers of ground-covering Prairie Zinnia.

Mexican Bird of Paradise and Pink Muhly. The Mexican Bird of Paradise is a shrub-like plant with brilliant yellow flowers. It provides a dramatic background for the Pink Muhly, which has burgundy-red flowers.

Black Dalea and Turpentine Bush. The brilliant reddish-violet flowers of Black Dalea provide a stunning contrast to the yellow flowers of Turpentine Bush.

Cape Honeysuckle and Turpentine Bush. The glossy green leaves and bright orange flowers of the Cape Honeysuckle combine beautifully with the yellow flowers and dark green foliage of Turpentine Bush.

Pink Trumpet Vine and Mexican Bird of Paradise. The glossy green leaves and lavender-pink flowers of the Pink Trumpet Vine contrast delightfully with the bright yellow flower clusters of the Mexican Bird of Paradise.

Pink Muhly and Pink Trumpet Vine. Pink Muhly’s burgundy-red flowers provide a balanced and blended accent to the lavender-pink flowers of the Pink Trumpet Vine.

Thunder Cloud Sage and Yellow Dot. Thunder Cloud Sage has silvery-gray foliage and purple blooms which provide a beautiful contrast to the bright green foliage and small yellow flowers of the Yellow Dot.

Autumn flowering plants can add beauty to your yard and home. If you would like to discuss color combinations for your home or want to learn more about autumn landscaping, contact Corona Landscape today at 602-373-9100 or send us an email.

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The First Impression Created by Your Business Landscaping

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 @ 10:09 AM
posted by Ed Bambauer

Business landscapingFirst impressions count in business. People will judge you, perhaps unfairly, by the immediate impression they have of you when they first meet you. A flimsy dead-fish handshake is perceived as weakness. Dirty or rumpled clothing is perceived as uncaring. It is to your advantage to look and sound your best when meeting customers.

The same is true about the appearance of your business. Potential clients make judgments about the quality of your products and services while they are walking up to the front door of your business. Peeling paint, dirty sidewalks and burned out signs give the impression of not caring. After all, if you do not care about your company’s appearance, why would you care about the quality of your products or services?

The same is true for the landscaping of your business. Overgrown grass, dead bushes and untrimmed shrubbery suggests that you do not really care about quality. If you did, you would make your place of business look attractive.

Why is this important? Because every potential customer comes to your business with doubts and fears. Nobody wants to spend their hard-earned money and then find out that the company they hired does shoddy work. So they begin to judge you, again perhaps unfairly, the moment they make contact with you. A big part of this contact is the visual first impression when they are walking up to your business.

What landscaping problems can turn off your customers? Here are a few to consider.

Dead lawns. A dead or dying lawn is one of the biggest turn-offs for potential clients. If the business does not have the time to turn on the water, even for a few minutes per day, then they probably do not care about the customer either. Making sure your lawn is green is vitally important. Regular metered irrigation is critical for green lawns. So is fertilizer applied on schedule. In addition, planting winter grass and summer grass on schedule will keep your business’s grass looking green and beautiful.

Overgrown lawns. Even if a lawn is green it still gives a bad impression if it is overgrown. Tall grass and grass growing onto the sidewalks practically shouts “we do not care”. Regular cutting and edging of your lawn produces a neat and trimmed appearance that appeals to most potential clients as they approach your front door.

Untrimmed bushes. In Arizona many businesses have desert landscaping so there is no lawn to trim. That may be true, but then there is the problem of overgrown bushes and shrubs. Overgrown plants do not look good. Untrimmed hedges, potted shrubs and palm trees look extremely unkempt and distract from your business’s appearance.

How can you use your landscaping to create a good business impression? Water and trim the grass regularly. Plant summer and winter grass when appropriate. Trim all hedges and bushes regularly so they do not get overgrown. Simple steps like these can make a big difference in your business. So invest a little time to look at the landscape of your business like a customer would, because when your landscape looks good, your business looks good.

At Corona Landscape we dedicate ourselves to making your business look good. We will set up a schedule of regular maintenance for your business so that your business will always give a great impression without you having to think about it. Contact Corona Landscape today at 602-373-9100 or send us an email.

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