Providing landscaping design and landscaping services to the Flagstaff area is for those of us at Mountainscapers, about more than just planting a few flowers and bushes. We believe in pushing the limits of what your outdoor space can be. Imagine having indoor amenities to enjoy in your outdoor spaces all year-round. If you are looking to understand landscaping basics, become more informed, and become inspired to update your patio, you’ve come to the right place. We post regularly about relevant topics that will both inform and entertain. Read recent blog posts below and visit our website for a free estimate!

  1. Why You Should Have An Irrigation System, Part 2

    Welcome back to the MountainScapers blog! Last time, we provided two pretty compelling reasons why you should have an irrigation system installed in your landscaping or garden. But the benefits of this clever move take up more space than one blog could account for, so here we’ve collected a few more reasons why you should have one. You Save Money You might be shaking your head, how could having a new irrigation system save you money? You have to think of it as a long-term investment. A properly installed irrigation system can lower your water bill because it uses only the water that your pla…Read More

  2. Why You Should Have An Irrigation System, Part 1

    Often, when we mention irrigation systems for your landscaping, people immediately jump to the large systems used for farms and major gardens. But in reality, any home with landscaping can benefit from an irrigation system. They’re vital for maintaining a healthy and lush garden here in the desert biome of Flagstaff. With a properly installed irrigation system from MountainScapers, your garden can stay green and beautiful all year long. You Save Time No matter the size of your garden, watering it by hand can be a labor, and time, intensive process. In the heat of Arizona, it’s best that yo…Read More

  3. 4 Reasons Why You Should Consider Getting a Fire Pit

    At MountainScapers Landscape Architecture, we offer a variety of services, and adding fire features is definitely one of the most popular. While there are various types of fire features you can add to your outdoor area, we believe firepits have a certain something special. If you’re not yet sold on having a fire pit, here are some great reasons to consider one! Great for Bonding: There’s something that’s appealing on an instinctive level about sitting around a firepit. Sitting around a fire with other people tends to bring out our most introspective selves. There are many conversations t…Read More

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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