Implementing Desert Landscaping Around Your House

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Implementing Desert Landscaping Around Your House

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008    Subscribe To Our Feed

Desert LandscapingPossibly when most people think of the desert, the only things that come to mind are broiling hot days, cacti, and dry heat. Many deserts are located in high altitude terrain and the hottest of days can actually turn into cool nights. Many deserts experience cold winters as well that can include snow and desert landscaping often reflects this.

The Hot And Cold

The desert can experience such a range of temperature changes and this is why desert landscaping needs to be hardy enough to tolerate heat as well as cold. Evergreen shrubs and trees withstand the heat and tolerate cold, it is why they survive well in high terrain deserts. Many cactus plants are cold hardy too, which surprises many people, because they think of cactus as hot area plants.

If by any chance you have a home in the desert and want to deal with some desert landscaping around your house, the best place to buy plants will be a local nursery. Frequently big box garden retailers have their plants ordered by someone in their regional office. This person often doesn’t understand the complexities of desert weather and orders plants that might not do well in yard.

Choosing landscaping that is locally grown or ordering plants from a local nursery ensures that you will get plants that will thrive and grow in your desert landscaping.

Water With Care

Watering your yard shouldn’t be a problem if you stick to plants that are native to the area that you live in, but if you want to grow flowers, vegetables, or other plants that don’t normally grow in the desert, make sure that you provide a source of water to your desert landscaping.

Before you are going to design your desert yard, check with your local authorities to ensure that there are no watering restrictions in your city or county. When you have decided how much water you want to spare on your yard monthly, come up with a watering plan.

Do you want to water manually?

The easiest way to water your lawn and garden is with a timed sprinkler system. Set your timer to go off in the early morning hours if you plant grass, so that the water can seep into your ground before the sun rises and causes it to evaporate. Choose a drip irrigation system to water ground covers, shrubs and you will see minimal waste.

If you want to cut back on the amount of watering your desert landscaping requires, then consider filling your yard with gravel or rocks instead of grass. Low maintenance alternative to grass such as this looks attractive in a desert setting.

But be aware of one caveat to rocks. It is that light colored gravel will reflect the sun’s heat, causing your yard to seem even hotter each afternoon.

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