Do’s and Don’ts of Desert Landscapes
- Do select plants, flowers, and herbs native to the region you live in; or make sure to pick ones that are drought-tolerant and can survive under the hot Southwestern sun.
- Do place your selected plants in groups based on their water needs; this will make the irrigation system planning easier and less costly.
- Do test your soil to determine what kind of plants can survive in it and what supplements you would need to make it more hospitable; this will also be a determining factor in how much mulch you should and could use.
- Do plan your irrigation and drainage system well; both overwatering and under-watering can be fatal to your plants, and without proper drainage, your yard can turn into a swamp.
- Do make sure you have enough room for growth if you decide to plant trees; trees have bigger and deeper roots than other plants, and require more water.
- Do plant your trees in lower areas; water flows downwards and since trees require more water than most other plants, planting them in lower areas can help with your drainage system.
- Do establish shaded areas, either with a pergola, trees, or shade screens; direct sunlight in the desert can cause discomfort, skin problems, dehydration, etc. which can lead to bigger health issues.
- Don’t use just rocks for your landscape; they might be low maintenance, but they get very hot under the son and you will have a very limited color palette.
- Don’t overcrowd your yard with human-made elements like pots, furniture, and other decorative items; there should be a balance of natural/unnatural to create harmony.
- Don’t use colors that are too similar or too dark; darker shades tend to absorb light and heat, and can create an uncomfortable feel, so if you want to use dark shades of brown, orange, and red, be sure to balance it out with beiges, whites, and blues.
- Don’t marry different styles and themes in a way they’ll clash; it’s possible to use more than one theme, but the balance and harmony between them is important.
- Don’t dismiss functionality for the sake of beauty, or vice versa; a good landscape design should be as useful as it is charming, and meet all your needs at the end of the day.
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