1. Bow Down to Fire-wise Landscaping

    How You Can Reduce Your Risk It’s fire season: that time of year when it’s critical that we take all precautionary steps to keep our homes and communities safe.  Fire-wise landscaping can be both beautiful and reduce the potential for wildfires.  The Flagstaff Fire Department has additional resources for information but here is a brief synopsis of their recommendations.   Defensible Space:  Ember exposure is the root cause of over half of all structure loss.  Create and maintain 30 feet of “clean and green” space around your home using the following suggestions. Construction/Ha…Read More

  2. Pine Needles – A Prickly Issue

    It’s time to clean up the yard for summer -  What should we do with all these pine needles? Landscaping in Flagstaff always presents its fair share of challenges, regardless of the time of year. When pine trees are a part of your landscape design, they make for some recurring issues for homeowners and landscapers both. Here's the low-down on pine needles and how they can affect your outdoor living spaces. Why do pine trees drop their needles?  Unlike deciduous trees, which shed all their leaves at once, a pine loses only a fifth to a quarter of its needles each year. Chlorophyll breaks do…Read More

  3. How to Xeriscape for the Phoenix Area

    As Landscaping Experts in Phoenix, we know the Benefits For some, the word drought represents a mere annoyance; for others, it spells impending doom. But one fact that continues to be driven home is that the West's water shortage is bound to get a lot worse before it gets better. There has even been talk among experts that the 15+ year drought may actually change the face of the western United States; with cities like Phoenix and Las Vegas in need of radical adjustments to avoid irreversible effects. Where others claim that Phoenix isn't under the same dire circumstances as California, we beli…Read More

  4. 5 Tips for a Bountiful Garden  

    Turning your Flagstaff Landscape into a Lush, Nurturing One Spring is here and if you are planning on a vegetable garden this season – now is the time to start! Turn that black thumb in to a green one… Type/Timing:  Our short growing season in Flagstaff makes “cool season vegetables” the easiest to grow (spinach, ALL leaf lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, beets, carrots, radishes, pees, beets, parsnips, onions, garlic).  These should be planted from early April to mid-May. Location:  Find a space that has plenty of direct sunlight.  If you want to extend your growing s…Read More

  5. Cold Air, Dark Night, Warm Fire, Bright Stars

    Adding Inviting Warmth through Landscaping and Fire Features According to the American Society of Landscape Architects, fire features, such as pits and fireplaces, are the number-one-requested design feature today.  The climate in Flagstaff is perfect for enjoying a fire pit for many months of the year.  They add ambiance to a cool evening, and provide a great focal point for an intimate gathering or entertaining friends and family.   People naturally gravitate to the flicker and warmth of an outdoor fireplace, and it’s relaxing to just sit and be mesmerized by the dancing flames. If y…Read More

  6. Five Tips to Protect Your Trees & Plants from Cooler Temperatures

    Cooler temperatures have finally arrived in Arizona. The weather forecast for the next few months includes some very cool nights; which might include frost.  Your landscaping is a critical home investment and it is important you take steps to protect it.  Tropical plant varieties that are not used to cold weather are the most likely to be damaged and need protection.  Trees that are susceptible include pygmy date palms and young citrus.   Plants and shrub material like Bougainvillea, Hibiscus, Natal Plum, Cape Honeysuckle and the Red Bird of Paradise need extra care.  Also, if your plant…Read More

  7. Four Landscaping Mistakes that Should Always be Avoided

    For a landscaper in Phoenix, looking at a bare backyard is akin to a painter looking at a new, untouched canvas; the possibilities are endless. But before we dive into the project, we try to reign in our creative drive just a tad, as we know that there are pitfalls that every landscape designer can fall into if not careful. These mistakes can lead to issues that make your outside space less enjoyable or functional. And though we also try to take into account every design and layout wish of our client, we try to make it understood that Phoenix's soil and climate do present certain landscaping c…Read More

  8. Top 5 Drought-Tolerant Plants for Phoenix

    With a good portion of the Western US either in a record drought, or worried about spreading drought and water shortages, it is imperative to the future of our desert community that we seriously concern ourselves with water conservation. Living in an area that only receives approximately 8 inches of rain a year, makes every drop of moisture count. As the premier landscaping design company in Phoenix, we make water conservation a priority when designing and building our trademark landscapes. We understand the dire need for keeping outdoor water usage to a minimum, and strive to use drought-resi…Read More