You want a beautiful backyard, but you aren’t quite sure where to start. You know which plants you love to look at, but will they thrive in Southern Arizona’s harsh summer climate?
At Complete Landscaping, we specialize in creating beautiful, vibrant gardens and landscape design in Southern Arizona using native plants, low water trees and shrubs, and colorful desert flowers. Our landscape design focuses on eco-friendly, sustainable solutions that are low-maintenance and will look amazing year-round. We have worked with homeowners, business owners, public works and utility companies, and hotels and resorts across the state to design landscaping solutions that improve the beauty and value of their properties. Hiring our team will ensure you avoid making these common landscaping mistakes in Tucson.
Choosing Non-Native Plants
Non-native plants are ones that were imported from other states, regions, or even countries. They can threaten local plants by stealing resources, and they can also be dangerous for local birds and wildlife. Non-native plants typically require more water and care than native plants, as well. Plants that are native to Arizona and the Southwest desert are easier to care for and will create a more sustainable, eco-friendly landscape design.
Ignoring Poor Soil Conditions
The Sonoran Desert has alkaline soil that can’t support all plants, trees, and shrubs. Our team can test your soil and make changes that will support healthier plant growth. We can also use fertilizer and organic and inorganic mulch to help plants retain water, avoid weeds and pests, and thrive throughout the year.
Inefficient Irrigation or Watering
Even native desert plants need to be watered regularly. But many home and property owners make the mistake of overwatering, failing to design and implement an efficient watering system, or forgetting to change the watering schedule when the weather changes. Our team will conduct a complete site assessment before we begin designing. We will create planting zones based on the level of sun, soil type, and slope of each area of landscaping. This will make it easier to design an efficient watering system that makes use of natural resources as well as your irrigation system.
Relying on Grass to Fill Gaps
Using grass to fill gaps in your landscape design is setting yourself up for failure. Most grass varieties won’t survive our harsh Arizona summers, or they require so much water that your water bills will be astronomical. Instead, we recommend using landscaping rocks, large desert plants, and desert grasses like purple fountain grass, feather reed grass, zebra grass, switchgrass, pampas grass, or Mexican feather grass. These grasses add visual interest and texture to your landscaping and can even create privacy.
Not Hiring an Expert in Southern Arizona Landscape Design
If you need expert advice on your Southern Arizona landscape design, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Complete Landscaping. Our team specializes in complex, large-scale landscape design for commercial properties, hotels and resorts, public works and utilities, and private residences and HOAs. Call us today at (520) 214-2651 or contact us online to schedule a consultation, and we’ll go over your goals and budget and find solutions that breathe new life into your landscape design. Whether you need a landscape renovation or complete landscaping makeover, our team can help.