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Proper 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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
When talking to your landscaper about keeping your lawn green all year long they will probably suggest planting two types of grass: Bermuda and Rye. If you are not familiar with the Arizona climate you may wonder why you have to think about two different types of grass. It is because of the climate and lack of water; we need two types of grass to have a green lawn all year. Here is what you need to know about both types of grass.
Bermuda grass is lawn grass for the typical Arizona summer. Bermuda stays alive during the desert’s hottest weather as long as it has sufficient water. During winter it becomes dormant and looks dead, but below the surface it is alive and waiting for warmer weather. Bermuda usually begins to go into its dormant cycle in September and comes out of it in May.
The advantage of Bermuda’s life cycle is that it does not have to be replanted every year. If a winter lawn is desired, different grass can be planted over the dormant Bermuda grass. Then, when high afternoon temperatures start to kill the winter lawn, the Bermuda grass begins to grow again. What kind of grass should be planted in the winter in order to have a green lawn? That is where Rye grass comes in.
Rye grass is lawn grass for the Phoenix area in the winter. Rye grows well in the cooler winter months but will not survive the summer heat. Rye grass stays a dark green color until the middle of May, but then it quickly dies as daytime temperatures approach 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Therefore it needs to be replanted every fall in the middle of October. Rye grass can be planted directly over the dormant Bermuda grass.
Choosing a Ryegrass Type
Rye grass comes in two types; perennial and annual. In the lower desert (the Phoenix/Tempe area), both types can be considered “annual” because the summer heat kills both of them. Perennial Rye grass is more expensive than annual, but the extra cost is generally worth it if you want a beautiful lawn. Perennial Rye germinates faster, has a finer leaf texture, has a darker green color and is more vigorous than annual rye grass.
So when you think about having a nice green lawn all year round in the Phoenix area, remember that the two temperature ranges requires two types of grass. Take the time to discuss your lawn with your landscaper; you will find that they are very willing to help you have that green lawn with as little trouble as possible.
According to the 2016 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey (conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects), sustainable design is the biggest trend this year amongst homeowners for residential landscapes.
The survey cites the top trend as “rainwater/graywater harvesting,” an innovative landscaping practice that reflects today’s growing consumer demand for beautiful residential landscapes that also save water.
As part of the survey, landscape architects were asked to rate the expected popularity of a wide range of 2016 residential outdoor landscape design elements and features.
A little more than 800 survey respondents said their greatest demands for outdoor living spaces right now include landscape projects that help reduce water costs, are environmentally sustainable and are low maintenance.
Here are the top 10 project types, with the expected highest consumer demand:
- Rainwater/graywater harvesting – 88 percent
- Native plants – 86 percent
- Native/adapted drought tolerant plants – 85 percent
- Low-maintenance landscapes – 85 percent
- Permeable paving – 77 percent
- Fire pits/fireplaces – 75 percent
- Food/vegetable gardens – 75 percent
- Rain gardens – 73 percent
- Drip/water-efficient irrigation – 72 percent
- Reduced lawn area – 72 percent
The survey’s top three most popular outdoor design elements include:
- Fire pits/fireplaces (74.95 percent)
- Lighting (66.67 percent)
- Wireless/internet connectivity (65.86 percent)
The top landscape and garden elements include:
- Native plants (86.02 percent)
- Low-maintenance landscapes (84.55 percent)
- Food/vegetable gardens (74.95 percent).
- Finally, pergolas (50.94 percent), decks (47.40 percent), arbors (44.32 percent) and fencing (44.07 percent) are expected to be the most popular outdoor structures.
For Tempe landscape maintenance or design ideas for your home, contact Corona Landscape today! We take pride in showing up on time, getting the job done right and giving our customers valued services at prices they can afford.
For many avid gardeners, the actual joy of gardening in Arizona’s unique desert climate is that it’s never too late to plant something.
If you want to try your hand at herbs or vegetables, grow flowers in pots on your back patio or even plant an extensive rose garden, it’s all possible.
The key, however, is to truly understand the art of desert gardening. Here are a few basics to get you started:
- Set a few goals. To start, ask yourself questions, like “Do you want to xeriscape your front lawn?” or “Do you want to try your green thumb with a few flowering plants and shrubs?” Typically, pros say it’s best to start on a smaller scale. While you’re in the decision-making phase, start looking at local gardens for ideas and inspiration.
- Get to know the desert growing seasons. Professional landscapers say that Arizona has two basic growing seasons: fall and spring. In most cases, October and March are the biggest planting months. However, you can plant something almost any day of the year in the desert. That is, if you know what you’re doing.
- Understand the soil type. The desert environment boasts alkaline soil that’s clay-based. While it’s great for growing desert plants, vegetables and flowers can require more nutrients — specifically, more organic matter. To deal with this challenge, try blending native soil with compost in equal measures.
- Understand concept of irrigation. Many newcomers to the Arizona environment tend to over-water. So what’s best? Ideally, not all plants should be on the same irrigation valve and watering schedule. Why? Because different plants have different watering needs. At a minimum, an efficient irrigation system should separate your irrigation system with unique valves for trees and herbaceous plantings, as well as additional valves for succulents or palms. However, if you only have one valve for everything, then consider accommodating the needs of your most needy plantings with an irrigation system, and eliminate the irrigation lines to the less needy plantings.
The bottom line: experimenting is a major part of the fun when it comes to spring landscaping in Arizona.
However, if you get stumped, keep Corona Landscape’s information close at hand. A family-owned and operated full-service landscaper, we provide landscape maintenance in Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Ahwatukee and Ocotillo. We can provide weekly or bi-weekly service, or a custom schedule to fit your specific maintenance needs.
When searching for a commercial landscaper, you want to select a firm that you can trust to maintain and protect your property with the utmost care. They will be responsible for resources that are valuable to your business, and that convey your company’s professional image.
This may not be an easy decision for you, especially if you haven’t used a landscaping contractor before. (Or worse, if you have and were disappointed with the results.) That’s why we strive to deliver results that will leave you impressed, and help you feel confident that you have chosen wisely.
We respect our customers, and also respect their time and money. Our landscaping plans are always designed to help our clients save time and money. Conserving water and energy is a top priority for us, because we realize our customers have budget constraints to consider. Of course, conserving natural resources is also very important to us.
You trust us with your property (and, by extension, your business’ image). That’s a responsibility we don’t take lightly. We know your professional reputation is important to you, and we feel the same way. That’s why we are dedicated to upholding the positive reputation we have worked so hard to earn in this area. Our business is based on a foundation of trust and commitment. You need someone reliable and dependable, and we will provide quality services and deliver what we promise.
Corona Landscape is a leader in the local commercial landscaping industry, and we serve customers throughout the Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert areas and the surrounding regions.
At this time of year, there are certain concerns that property owners will have with regards to residential landscaping, and steps they must take to ensure their plants, shrubs and trees stay healthy until spring. Overlooking even a minor detail can risk the well-being of these precious plants, decreasing their chances of survival or at the very least negatively impacting their health and appearance.
While most Arizona regions obviously don’t have to deal with the harsh winter weather that plagues many other parts of the country, this doesn’t mean there aren’t specific winter gardening and landscaping challenges that residents of this area must consider.
One of the biggest concerns at this time of year is cold (and strong) winter winds that can be tough on trees and plants.
This is a time when dormant bulbs must be sprayed and maintained. Property owners must keep tabs on any freeze warnings to ensure their tender plants are properly protected. This is also a time to finish planting summer bulbs, and to prepare for the upcoming growing season. Flowers and fruit trees must also be pruned during this season. Those who have vegetable gardens will also likely plant certain types of vegetables at this time.
Many plants and other greenery in this area have learned to adapt to local weather and climate conditions throughout the year, although they may need special attention during winter months to ensure their survival. Other types of plants may not look their best during the heart of winter, but will usually manage to survive until spring when they will rebound.
Our team here at Corona Landscape are experts in local plant and vegetation needs, and we know how to ensure plants stay healthy and happy all year round. We can keep your landscaping looking its best during winter and every other season.
For Arizona residents, drought conditions seem to be a perpetual reality. While the severity and level of this status may fluctuate (and occasional heavy rains may provide short-term reprieves), this is something that will for the most part be a presence in this state on a permanent basis. So it makes sense that water usage is an important priority for most area residents—which it should be anyway, regardless of specific drought conditions. Whether or not there is an actual official drought designation, conserving water and reducing water waste is something that should be a constant priority.
At the same time, people take pride in their properties and want their lawns and outdoor spaces to look as healthy and well-maintained as possible. This can often create a dilemma and an apparent conflict. In many households, landscaping places a significant demand on water and often accounts for half of the household water usage or more.
The good news is, this means that making a few carefully planned changes to your landscaping routine can allow you to realize significant water savings.
One of the most common mistakes that many homeowners make when it comes to landscaping is using too much water on their plants. It’s important to use not only the correct volume of water, but also to apply water in an area of the right depth and width. This can be tricky, as the average property owner isn’t an expert on all of the specific watering needs of individual types of plants, shrubs or trees. Watering too much not only wastes water, but it can also be harmful to the plants and may cause them to grow at an abnormal rate, forcing you to do more pruning and mowing. On the other hand, watering too little can of course cause the plants to wilt or die.
With home sprinklers or irrigation systems, it can often be difficult for a homeowner to judge exactly how much water is being provided to the plants, making it challenging to achieve the perfect balance.
The timing of your watering routine is also important. Watering at specific times of the day helps ensure the water is absorbed most efficiently by the plants and also minimizes waste.
This is a lot to manage, and can quickly become overwhelming for those without expertise and skills in this area. A perfect solution is to enlist the help of a professional landscaping firm with an extensive background in the needs of plants and trees in this regional area. Corona Landscape can handle all aspects of your landscaping routine, including creating a watering routine with efficiency, plant health and water conservation in mind.
Contact us for all residential landscaping needs in the Mesa or Chandler areas.
It’s true that Arizona is known for its sunny—and what would often be described as sizzling—climate. But while the region is normally envisioned as hot and dry, most locals know there are some considerable variations in the weather conditions, especially in the winter months. It isn’t uncommon to enjoy cool breezes and perhaps even the occasional chill during this period, especially in the evening. And let’s not forget, residents in the northern regions of the state or those who venture up into the higher elevations may even get to play in the snow—or at least have the need for a cozy warm-weather jacket.
This potential for extreme contrasts in weather presents some particular challenges with regards to caring for your plants, flowers and other greenery.
One specific aspect of your landscaping that will need particular attention is the caring of your trees, especially any fruit-bearing trees you may have on your property. These trees need to be pruned for the winter, but this is a process that must be done with care and timed exactly right. You want to enable the tree’s healthy ongoing growth and development while also causing as little damage and stress to the tree as possible.
Failing to care for trees and plants properly before and during the winter season can result in considerable damage or perhaps the loss of those items completely. This is why it is important to have someone with expertise and experience in year-round Arizona landscaping handle the winter preparation and ongoing care of all of your outdoor trees and greenery.
Corona Landscape can handle all of your Arizona residential landscaping needs.
They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression. For a business, that first impression happens before your visitors and potential clients ever walk through your door. The outside appearance of your location can say a lot about your business, so you want to make sure it makes the best possible impression.
That’s why it is so important to choose a landscaping service that will take great care to keep your property looking its best. Corona Landscape is a leading provider of commercial landscaping in Arizona and we can ensure that you have a well-manicured and beautiful landscape that can be enjoyed by employees, customers and visitors.
When it comes to commercial landscaping in Arizona, we want to be your first choice. We are proud of our reputation for competitive pricing, integrity and professional experience. Corona Landscape delivers the results to make your commercial property truly stand out.
We can customize a landscape maintenance plan that fits your wants, needs, schedule and budget, so contact us to find out how we can help you with your landscaping needs.
Here in Arizona our winter is more like everyone else’s fall. Temperatures don’t normally drop below 50 during the day, the sun shines 90% of the time, there’s rarely snow or rain (at least in Phoenix) and people here live for these beautiful months. One of the greatest things about our mild “falls” is that fall landscaping is much easier to maintain than in other parts of the world. Yet while compared to most people we have it pretty easy, there are still some important things every landscaper or home owner should know about landscaping in the fall.
3 secrets to fall landscaping
- Cover – Even though temperatures don’t normally reach freezing or below, most years there are a few freezing nights. Because most of our plants aren’t used to such cold weather it is very important to protect them from frost damage. Keep an eye on the weather and check the news for freeze warnings in your area. Equip yourself with as many coverings as you have plants. You can do this easily by purchasing cheap bed sheets and blankets, however, it is best to use material such as burlap, fleece, Polypropylene or similar materials designed to be plant covers. You can find many different sizes and types of covers online or at home improvement stores. If you have certain types of cacti such as Cholla, Leding’s Hedgehog Cactus or Totem Cactus you can cover the tips with Styrofoam or plastic cups. Many of your larger, well-rooted plants are not at risk of dying, however, in order to be safe you should cover smaller, younger plants to avoid damage or death. You can reuse your plant covers year after year. Keep them on hand and at the first sight of those freezing nights, bundle those babies up.
- Water – Most people are under the impression that watering your plants during this very cold weather will just put them at greater risk for damage. Frost damage actually happens because the frost pulls water from the plant, so if you do not water your plants properly during extreme weather conditions your plants could dehydrate, either causing severe damage or loss of the plant. The best way to water your plants during this time is to water them thoroughly before a freeze because the water will help produce more heat for the plant and will inhibit dehydration.
- Maintenance – Maintenance can mean a variety of different things: trimming trees and plants, mowing the lawn, cleaning up loose leaves, picking weeds, etc. These activities not only keep your landscape looking beautiful but also make for better health and growth. Maintenance also included over-seeding. For those of your who have beautiful green lawns, it is very important to over-seed in the colder months. Perennial ryegrass will keep your lawn lush, green and healthy through these colder months giving you a beautiful, healthy lawn all year round. We recommend you do this when evening temperatures stay below 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
Doing these three things can make a huge difference in your fall landscaping. It will keep your landscape alive, healthy and beautiful. Here at Corona Landscape our highly talented and trained landscape professionals can help you with these tasks. We have many years of experience in the valley and we are dedicated to our customers. Contacts us today so we can dedicate ourselves to your fall landscaping needs.