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Ways to Give Your Landscape a More Artistic Feel

When working on bringing personality to their home design, many people focus on the interior of their home. But there are plenty of design opportunities outside, too! In fact, you should think of your yard as yet another way to bring your own artistic style into your daily environment. But how exactly can you give your yard a more artistic feel? Here are a few ideas. Lighting Lighting pulls double duty when it comes to adding more artistic elements to […]

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Landscape Design Ideas to Increase Your Home’s Value

When designing your home (and the landscape surrounding it), it’s always a good idea to keep resale value in mind. No matter what the real estate market is doing, your listing will always be more competitive when your home is beautifully designed, inside and out. So what are some things you can do with your landscape design in order to increase your home’s value? Here are a few of our best ideas. Use professional design and installation. One thing home […]

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Best Plants for Creating a Privacy Hedge

Your home is your family’s sanctuary, and you do your best to keep it as safe and as private as possible. This includes doing the obvious things like installing locks, privacy doors, security lights/cameras, and more. But did you know that even your landscape design can help create a private oasis for you and your family? Privacy hedges are loved for their ability to do just that: create a separation between your yard and the outside world (and any wandering […]

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Best Shade Trees for Arizona Climate

Unless you want to stay inside absolutely all season long, it’s important to have ways to cool off outside during the brutal Arizona summer. Since not everyone has easy access to a pool, we wanted to focus on another option that can help a bit: shade trees. While shade trees may not be enough to make the hottest days enjoyable, they can make a difference. Temperatures in the shade usually feel as much as 10-15 degrees cooler than those in […]

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How to Protect Your Plants from Heat Waves

For most of the United States, the threat of frost is very real for plants, even late into the spring. In Arizona however, plants face a different threat entirely: heat waves. With brutally hot temperatures coming as early as May, homeowners should be prepared to care for their plants properly during those triple-digit days. Here are some tips to help. Choose heat resistant plants. Because Arizona is a dry, hot climate, it makes sense to take heat waves into consideration […]

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Landscape Design Trends for 2022

A well-designed backyard is hard to beat. When you design your yard with intention, it expands the livable area of your home and creates a space for making incredible memories. But many people don’t know where to start when redesigning their landscape. A great way to get the process going is to choose a feature or two you are really excited about, and then build the rest of the yard around that. And if you’re looking for incredible features for […]

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How to Get a Jump on Weeds with Pre-Emergent

Weeds are the bane of existence for most gardeners, landscapers, and homeowners. Staying on top of weeds can feel like shoveling snow in a blizzard: the moment you feel like you have the problem under control, you turn around and a new crop of weeds has popped up! You can always pull weeds as they grow. Or you can stay a step ahead of the weeds with pre-emergent. As the name suggests, pre-emergent is an herbicide that takes care of […]

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Top Citrus and Fruit Tree Options for Arizona

Many homeowners in Arizona want a lush, green look for their yard landscaping, but think they are doomed to rocks and cacti.  That’s not true! There are plenty of ways to add greenery to an Arizona yard. One of the best is with fruit trees. Fruit trees are an excellent option not only because they produce delicious fruit, but also because they are large, full trees that offer plenty of green leaves (and plenty of shade). But not every fruit […]

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Toxic Plants to Avoid for Kids and Pets

In any type of design, safety should always be the number one priority. Your landscape design is no exception. Designing your outdoor areas so that they are well-lit, free from tripping hazards, and so on is vital to creating a space your family will enjoy for years to come.  Another important aspect of landscaping safety? The types of plants you choose. If your household includes children or pets, you could be putting them at risk if you plant flowers, shrubs, […]

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3 Tips for Planting and Caring for Your Cactus in Phoenix

Not many plants can survive the extreme heat of a Phoenix summer, which is why many Arizonans turn to a more prickly solution to add some greenery to their yards: cactus.  Cacti are the perfect low-maintenance option for desert landscaping. But is planting and caring for a cactus the same as with any other yard plant? Here are three big tips that will help you plant and care for your cactus properly. 1. Choose the right location. Cacti are hardy […]

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