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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.
For many homeowners here in the Valley, winter months are great for outdoor activities such as barbecuing, having company, and playing sports. It’s also a time for holidays, families and often, stress. One thing that is sometimes a concern is how to transition the yard healthfully through these winter months. Winter landscaping in Arizona is important because many of the plants that grow in our landscape need special attention during these colder months.
Here are a few tips to winter landscaping in Arizona:
- The first thing you want to remember is to cover your plants at night. Not all of them need to be covered, so talk to Corona Landscape to be sure you are covering the right ones. If you do not cover the cold-sensitive plants they could die when the first frost hits. Once they die it is hard to get them back and most of the time you have to end up planting a new one. You should keep an eye out for frost dates and continue to cover your plants any night a frost is expected until late spring.
- Many people with grass want to keep their lawn looking beautiful all year long. However, without special attention, you’ll have a dry, dead, brown lawn with the change of the seasons. In order to prevent this from happening we recommend overseeding with ryegrass and then covering it with a natural fertilizer each month through the winter. This will give you a lush, green lawn all winter long.
- Another important thing to remember for winter landscaping in Arizona is maintenance. You want to make sure the lawn is mowed (mow just before you apply fertilizer), the plants are trimmed and weeds are taken care of. The easiest way to take care of weeds in the winter is to use a pre-emergent weed control that will prevent any unwanted growth.
By following these three easy steps you should be able to keep your landscape looking beautiful all winter long. Your friends and family will be so impressed and when you go through Corona Landscape, you won’t have to stress one bit.
For those of you that are unfamiliar with the term, Xeriscape means to landscape in a way that removes or reduces your need for irrigation. In Arizona it is a very popular landscaping method and can be seen all over the state.
Benefits of Xeriscape:
- Easy on your wallet – One of the greatest benefits to the Xeriscape method is that it saves you a lot of money on energy and water. Especially those homes or businesses that have large lots, maintaining a lush landscaping can be quite expensive.
- Good for the environment – It is no secret that Arizona is a dry, desert state with little rain and water supply. Many of our native plants are used to long droughts and can live with minimal water. Xeriscape works with the environment to landscape using these native plants, rocks, stone, and other materials to make for a less water-dependent landscape.
- Blends well with the surroundings – Because we live in the desert, Xeriscape landscaping fits right in in our neighborhoods and building complexes. There are still many areas with grass and water-dependent plants, but if you look around the majority of landscaping is very “deserty”.
- Visually appealing – There are many ways to make Xeriscape visually appealing, including by using beautiful rocks, flagstone, pavers, boulders, and native desert plants. You might be thinking the only plant that grows well here naturally is cactus, but actually there are many beautiful plants that grow well in Arizona, including Flame Honeysuckle, a variety of Bird of Paradise, a variety of Hibiscus and beautiful Sunflowers. There are also a variety of beautiful trees and cacti that you can plant.
So if you are thinking of renewing your landscape, eliminating or reducing your water usage or landscaping for the first time, consider Xeriscape, a great method of landscaping here in Phoenix and the surrounding area.
This blog post is the second of a 2-part series that will describe the smartest way to hire a Tempe landscaper.
Select the Right Tempe Landscaper for You and Your Project
As with any home service, you’ve got a lot of options. So you’ll need to weed through them to find the best match for your project. You want to make sure your Tempe landscaper delivers as promised on time and at the price you expect. With everything subjective, you need to be very specific about what will be done and to what standard.
The following selection criteria should be considered:
- Licensed, Bonded and Insured
- Liability and Workmen’s Compensation Insurance
- Member of the Better Business Bureau
- Strong Referrals from Satisfied Clients
- A Diverse Portfolio of Landscaping Projects
- Specific Expertise in Your Project Area
- Industry Credentials and Certifications
- Organization Memberships
- Length of Time in Business
- Track Record of Good Job Site Performance
- Use of Subcontractors
- Manner of Billing and Payment Terms
- Work Schedules (accommodations for weather, seasonal requirements, soil damage, optimal planting times,
Probably one of the most important things to realize with landscaping is its ongoing nature. Living plants need to be maintained. And landscaping environments are in a constant state of change. For example, growing plants create shade and a whole new set of variables in your landscaping.
Long-term maintenance provides the best guarantee for long-term success for your home’s landscaping. A Tempe landscaper pays attention to water needs and adjusts irrigation accordingly. They monitor plants for disease and insects. And they prune to optimize plant growth. Regular attention to your landscaping helps guarantee your plants live the longest and serve their intended purpose.
For more information about Mesa landscape maintenance, continue to visit our blog or contact Corona Landscape.
This blog post is the first of a 2-part series that will describe the smartest way to hire a Tempe landscaper.
Hiring a Tempe landscaper is no different from hiring any other contractor. You ask friends, family and neighbors for referrals. You define your project in detail. And, you do your homework to select the landscaper with the best fit to your project requirements.
Any referral could provide valuable information and drastically cut your search time. It may also help to drive around and look at other’s landscaping. Note what you like and don’t like. Then ask who did the work.
Keep in mind, however, the limitations of input from neighbors, friends and family. You may have different tastes, personalities and expectations. A Tempe landscaper that’s well suited to one person and his or her project may not sync well with you.
It’s All in the Details
What are you looking to accomplish with your landscaping project? Do you need help with design? Do you want a company to install new landscaping? Are you looking for a complete overhaul? Do you want ongoing maintenance? Whatever you want should be detailed on paper. Documenting your desires and requirements helps cover all your bases with your Tempe landscaper.
The more you know about what you want, the better your chances of getting it. Plus, you can stretch your budget further by outlining exactly what you need. Some of the things to consider when defining your project include:
- Overall Design
- Grading Issues
- Drainage Issues
- Erosion Control
- Soil Condition
- Irrigation Needs
- Existing Trees and Shrubs
- New Trees and Shrubs
- Lawn Seeding and Fertilization
- Hardscape Features (granite, pavers, walks, walls, patios, decks)
- Seasonal Gardens
- Night Lighting
- Water Features
- Pest Control
- Maintenance and Lawn Care (mowing, trimming, edging, weeding, blowing, fertilizing)
- Community or HOA Restrictions and Requirements
For more information about Mesa landscape maintenance, continue to visit our blog or contact Corona Landscape.
Tempe landscaping company, Corona Landscape, is a family-owned and operated full-service landscape maintenance company that provides landscaping in Gilbert, Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, Ahwatukee and Ocotillo and is now offering a number of additional Spring landscaping services.
In addition to their year-round, full-service landscape maintenance services Corona Landscape will be performing spring irrigation checkups, fertilizing lawns in preparation for summer, completing cutbacks of frost damaged shrubs as well as pulling and treating weeds.
“At Corona Landscape, our goal is to take the day-to-day hassle out of maintaining your landscape by offering a variety of services and developing a long-term relationship with our clients,” said Ed Bambauer, owner of Corona Landscape. “Our Spring landscaping services will allow our customers to maintain a stunning landscape by repairing the damages of the Winter and preparing their landscape for Summer.”
Corona Landscape is a family-owned and operated full-service landscaping company that is dedicated to doing what they say they will, at the time and price their clients expect. As a Mesa landscaping company, they take pride in showing up on time, getting the job done right and giving their customers valued services at prices they can afford. Corona Landscape can provide weekly or bi-weekly service, or a custom schedule to fit their client’s maintenance needs.
Contact Corona Landscape for more information about their Tempe landscaping services or call (602) 373-9100.
The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, AZ will be hosting a spring plant sale, which is open to the general public on Saturday, March 19, 2011 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 20, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visit GardenNews.com for more information about this event.
Corona Landscape is a family-owned and operated full-service Chandler landscaping provider, providing residential landscape maintenance in Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Ahwatukee and Ocotillo. The look of your property speaks volumes about you and your home. Let Corona Landscape provide you with landscape maintenance services at prices you can afford.
For more landscaping ideas and information about our Chandler landscaping services, contact Corona Landscape.
Corona Landscape is a family-owned and operated full-service Ahwatukee landscaper, providing 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 maintenance needs.
As an Ahwatukee landscaper, our goal is to take the day-to-day hassle out of maintaining your landscape by offering a variety of services and developing a long-term relationship with you.
- Weekly lawn care and maintenance including mowing, trimming, edging, pruning, blowing and sweeping
- Lawn seeding and fertilization
- Irrigation adjustment
- Seasonal cleanup
- Landscape installation including turf, rocks, trees, shrubs, plants, irrigation (sprinklers and drip systems), patios and more
We service everything from small residential homes, estate homes, multi-residential townhomes, small to midsize commercial buildings, strip malls, apartments and multi-tenant industrial complexes.
For more information about our Ahwatukee landscaper, contact Corona Landscape.
Working with your Phoenix landscaper to develop a comprehensive landscape plan for your property just makes sense. A well thought out plan will enable you to create a beautiful outdoor landscape that enhances existing features and adds new ones that can help you save water, money and energy.
A Phoenix landscaper can help you develop a quality plan for your water-saving landscape. They start with a simple base map of your property lines and then expand it into a detailed plan that includes existing structures and sun/rain exposure. They’ll look for things like spigot and downspout locations, trees, slopes, existing sprinkler systems and more.
Once the detailed base plan of your existing landscape is complete, the Phoenix landscaper will work with you to figure out what you want to get out of your landscape. Whether your main goal is saving water, reducing maintenance, improving shading or creating a beautiful outdoor environment, a Phoenix landscaper can help.
In addition to conserving water, you can also save on energy costs. Strategically placed trees and shrubs can help you save up to 25 percent on yearly heating and cooling costs. During the winter, trees and shrubs shield your home from cold winds, reducing heat loss. In summer, shade trees can reduce the need for cooling.
For more information about a Phoenix landscaper, contact Corona Landscape.
Corona Landscape is a family-owned and operated full-service Phoenix landscaping company that provides landscaping in Gilbert, Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, Ahwatukee and Ocotillo.
We do what we say we will, at the time and price you expect. At Corona Landscaping, we take pride in showing up on time, getting the job done right and giving our customers valued services at prices they can afford.
You can count on us! See what our Phoenix landscaping customers have to say about our landscape maintenance crew by visiting our client testimonial page.
For more information about our Phoenix landscaping services, contact Corona Landscape.