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Arizona Desert Landscaping

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Desert landscaping implies the use of arid environment, native plants and the colors of the desert. Rock is commonly associated with desert landscaping, however bear dirt is more appropriate and is a benefit to home owners because of it's dimished ability to hold heat vs. rock as a ground cover. Most of the plant associated with the desert are small, waxy, and hearty.

Rock and Bare Dirt Require Less Maintenance

There isn't a surface more easy to clean than rock. Occasional raking or leaf blowing is about the extent of upkeep. Professionally layed rock is atop a layer of plastic or dense cloth preventing weed growth. Dirt on the other hand will permit weed growth but again is far less intensive to upkeep as grass or ground coverings.


Plant Life

Acclimated Plant Life Will Use Less Water

Desert plant life will be drought resistant- saving money on utilities, slow growing- limiting upkeep, and hearty- lessening the need to replace plants after a strong cold front or overly hot summer month. Desert plants are exposed to both the cold and heat when in their natural habitat, having to endure scorching hot days, only to cool to sub freezing temperatures in the night. The temperature swings build these plants heartiness.

Most desert plands are in fact cacti. Cuctus have many defences to dehydration including waxy surfaces and thorns instead of leaves. Also, most desert plants grow very slow, conserving the water and energy they have to survive. Desert plants and cacti in turn will need less water and attention to grow. Less water means less money spent per month.