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Winter 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.
It 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.
Autumn 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.
Summer heat can tax even our toughest desert adapted plants. But do not worry, there are a wide range of colorful combinations to choose from that will keep your home’s summer landscape looking fresh and colorful.
According to educational materials published by the Water Conservation offices of the City of Chandler, here are some recommended seasonal color combinations with desert-adapted plants:
- Red Bird of Paradise & yellow flowering selections. A hardy summer shrub combination is the interplanting of the red Bird of Paradise in contrast with the yellow flowering selections of this plant.
- Queen’s Wreath or Coral Vine & Yuca Vine. A summer vine combination is red flowers of Coral Vine interplanted with Yuca Vine with brilliant yellow flowers.
- Purple Ruellia &Yellow Bells. The brilliant yellow flowers of shrubby Yellow Bells works well with the purple flowers of the Purple Ruellia.
- Thunder Cloud Sage & Yellow Bells. The gray foliage and intense purple flowers of Thunder Cloud Sage provides distinctive contrast to Yellow Bells with its vivid yellow flowers and green foliage.
Corona Landscape also recommends the following desert climate gardening and lawn tips during the hot summer months:
June and July
- Known as the driest months of the year, keep in mind that your plants may need more watering during this time period. Be careful to not overwater.
- Water flower beds every other day. Before fertilizing, make sure soil is moist
- Mulch around heat sensitive plants to keep the roots cool and moist.
- Transplant desert trees, such as mesquites and desert shrubs, along with palm trees.
- Prune bougainvillea and lantana bushes.
- Desert plants can still be planted during August, but they will need daily watering until the fall as they become established.
- Keep mulch around the base of heat sensitive plants.
- Did you know that melons do well when planted during August? Also, fertilize fall ripening fruit and citrus trees late in the month, including oranges and tangerines.
- If roses are showing yellow, supplement their soil with iron to return proper coloring.
- Prepare flowerbeds for fall plantings by irrigating and covering with clear plastic for six weeks.
- Begin planting seeds for fall vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage, kale and squash.
By following some of above, summer desert plant care and gardening tips, you’ll be able to enjoy your desert garden now and for many seasons to come. Call Corona Landscape at 602-373-9100 for landscaping in Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Ahwatukee and Ocotillo.
As most local residents know, there are specific challenges and considerations involved with maintaining beautiful and vital trees and other greenery in this area. Choosing the right type of plants is of course key, but after that point the outcome will depend in large part of the diligence of care that goes into the landscaping.
In this region, a properly maintained and regulated irrigation system is pivotal to ensuring healthy plant life that can enjoy a maximum lifespan. Watering schedules also need to be adjusted for seasonal conditions, particularly during the summer. This keeps the plants and shrubs thriving all year round.
Different types of plants need specific types of care, so a knowledgeable and experienced landscaper will have the expertise to know exactly how to tailor the watering and maintenance strategy to accommodate the particular species of plants on the property. This is something the average property owner likely would not know, so they generally rely upon their landscaping company to handle this area for them.
This responsibility requires a professional who will pay careful attention to the state of each plant, and be alert to any changes or areas of concern that might occur, so they can then take swift action to minimize any potential damage to the tree or plant.
If you want a Chandler landscaper who will care for your property with the highest attention to detail, contact Corona Landscape.
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.
We know choosing a Chandler landscaper can be an important decision. Like most local residents, you probably spend a lot of time outdoors and you want a place you can enjoy and where you can relax. You also take a lot of pride in your home, and you want a landscaper who helps ensure your outdoor spaces are worthy of that pride. Here are some things you should expect from your landscaper:
Quality and care: your landscaper should treat your property as if it were their own. They should make it their top priority to keep your outdoor spaces beautiful and inviting—a beautiful retreat for your family as well as your visitors.
Customer service: your landscaper should provide you with top-notch service. This means arriving on time, treating you with consideration and treating you and your property with the utmost respect.
Integrity: your landscaper should operate in an ethical and respectable manner. Finding a Chandler landscaper that is licensed, bonded and insured is important. This will ensure that the job is done well and that you or the company is not held responsible for any damages or injuries that may occur while working at your home. The company can prove their status by providing you with their ROC number which you can verify through azroc.gov.
Affordability: Cost is an important consideration for any home maintenance service. Your landscaper should provide detailed information about exactly what services they can provide according to your budget—and then they should follow through by sticking to that estimate and making it a priority to keep costs reasonable.
You expect a lot from your Chandler landscaper, and rightly so. We strive to meet and exceed your expectations. Contact us to discuss how we can help you.
Getting the right company for your Chandler landscape maintenance is highly important. You don’t want to end up with a company that’s not receptive to your needs or that doesn’t do what you ask of them and what’s best for your yard and plant life. Hiring the right company can take some time, though, because you’ll want to ask questions and make sure you choose the company that you feel best about. Price matters, but there’s more to finding the right company than just how much that company charges. Consider asking the following questions to pinpoint the company that’s right for you and your needs.
How Long has the Company Been in Business?
While new companies can do a good job, they have less of a “track record” to judge from. Because that’s the case, you’ll want to be more careful choosing a company that’s brand new. It may be better to go with a company that’s more established so you can see reviews for that company and get some sense of the work that they have previously done for others. This background check can give you a more accurate idea of the quality of their services.
Is the Company Offering a Good Value?
The company’s lower price is not nearly as important as the actual value the company is offering to you. Some companies won’t charge you much at all, but what are you getting for that money? If you aren’t getting much, it really doesn’t matter if the price is low. You want to get the highest amount of high-quality goods and services for the lowest amount of money. That’s the measure of value and something you should carefully consider when you’re shopping around for the best landscape maintenance company for your Chandler home or business.
Even if you’ve always done business with a particular company in the past, or you have lots of recommendations from family and friends telling you which landscape companies they use, it’s important that you do your own research and draw your own conclusions about which company you would like to use for your maintenance. That way you’ll feel comfortable with the company and you can ask all the questions you need to ask before any work gets done or any money actually changes hands. That can help provide you with peace of mind.
Contact Corona Landscape to schedule your lawn’s maintenance today.
This blog post is the second of a 2-part series that will describe how to get the most from your landscaping service.
Turn to a Professional
Hiring a professional landscaping company makes sense for a variety of reasons. You gain from the landscaper’s education, expertise and experience with all kinds of landscaping issues. A well qualified landscape company will customize solutions to suit your property and budget.
For example, landscapers know best what will keep your plants alive. They have the right equipment and the know-how to transplant trees, shrubs and other plants for the best results.
They also can see what your visions will be when turned into reality. Planning ahead with your contractor will deliver the outcome you expect. Landscapers can help determine the perfect combination of hardscape, trees, shrubs, bushes, flowers and other plants to address your specific situation.
Many homeowners enjoy working in their yards. But, life becomes hectic and people may not be able to always spend the necessary time to maintain their landscaping in Chandler. Even if you do work in your yard, it’s a good idea to have a landscaper perform some of the maintenance tasks on a regular schedule.
You’ve made a significant investment in your landscaping. Hiring a professional landscaping company will ensure you get the best return on your landscaping dollars.