XERISCAPE: LANDSCAPING WITH STYLE in the ARIZONA DESERT

       


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Getting an accurate cost estimate before you make a final decision on your landscape plan will help to avoid costly surprises and can help you decide whether to install your landscape all at once, install it in stages, or revise your landscape plan to include more or fewer features. It is advisable to get a cost estimate for materials and services from more than one supplier. To ensure consistent cost estimates, ask for the same product or service from each supplier.

  • First, make a list of all of the materials included in your landscape plan. Begin with the hardscape elements such as concrete walkways, benches, patios, walls and decomposed granite. Then list the plants you want to include in your landscape. Make sure to list the quantity and size of each plant.

Summer color in this urban Xeriscape - Texas Ebony (tree), Red Bird of Paradise (shrub/right), Lantana (groundcover), Petite Oleander (shrub/left)
Photo credit: Kent Newland

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  • Next, choose the irrigation system components. With your preliminary landscape design in hand, make a list of all of the items needed to complete the irrigation system. Also note the quantity of each part needed.
  • Identify any additional items that must be purchased or rented. Pre-shop for any tools and supplies needed to complete the installation of your landscape. Identifying everything you will need prior to the installation process will help save time during installation and also will help you stay within your budget. Note those items that must be purchased, as well as equipment that is available to rent. Renting equipment can be a cost-effective way to save time and reduce the physical labor required to install your landscape. While pre-shopping, nursery professionals, irrigation suppliers and other materials suppliers should be able to advise you on the tools and supplies needed to do the job right.
  • Investigate professional services. If you are not a full-fledged do-it-yourselfer, you may want to consider hiring someone to help you do all or part of the work. If obtaining professional landscape services is a possibility, give yourself plenty of time to find capable people to help you. Professional services can be incorporated into any aspect of the landscape process from design through installation and regular maintenance. If you are not familiar with the types of landscape services available, visit this list of professional titles and certifications. For additional information, consult a listing of landscape professional associations.
  • Now go shopping. Visit local nurseries, garden centers and other landscape materials suppliers. Write to manufacturers, consult the Internet, send away for catalogs and, if appropriate, request written cost estimates. List all suppliers and costs on a separate sheet of paper along with any notes you care to make. If you have questions, follow up with telephone calls or make additional visits. If possible, make some preliminary decisions on plant materials (especially tree sizes) and hardscape choices.

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Summer color in this urban Xeriscape - Texas Ebony (tree), Red Bird of Paradise (shrub/right), Lantana (groundcover), Petite Oleander (shrub/left)

 
 
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