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Long Realty is pleased to bring you tips for Living in Arizona, courtesy of our local Long Advantage business partners. The articles below covers an array of helpful and insightful tips for the Arizona lifestyle. We hope you find this information useful.

Considering the Tucson Valley's Many Climate Zones

November 30, 2016

Considering the Tucson Valley's Many Climate Zones

The key to successful landscape design is knowing which plants will thrive and where. Plant selection and landscape design is strongly dictated by climate variations from extreme high temperatures to severe frosts. In addition, knowing what plants will do well in each environment of your yard and allowing them room to grow must be considered when selecting plants, shrubs, and trees that will beautify your home for years to come.

Plant Longevity
While all varieties of plants are sold throughout Arizona, not all plants will have longevity. Even though they are sold here in many nurseries, some plants won’t make it beyond six months to a year in Arizona due to climate fluctuation and soil conditions.

Plant Selection
Selection of the proper plants is a must in order to choose those that will last and keep you from spending money unnecessarily year after year. Verbena, for example, falls into the category of plants known as the “pretty now and dead later” varieties because they only last a few months as ground cover in Arizona. Between the climate extremes and the soil conditions, 99 percent of verbena planted here will die. Plants like these should be considered more of an annual rather than as a perennial for this reason. The California Pepper Tree also falls into this category as they don’t tend to do well because they are highly susceptible to Texas Root Rot and 90 percent of these trees die. Thus, selecting plants that are appropriate means they will do well in your area.

Landscape Design Around the House
Once you have selected the appropriate variety of plants that will do well in your area, consideration must be given to other variables. For example, which plants need the shade of your home to protect them versus which plants will flourish in direct sun.

Irrigation and Water Needs
Some plants require less water and others require more. The normal irrigation practice has been that all plants with dissimilar water needs have been put on the same irrigation line. Homeowners, and even landscape companies, have fallen to the myth that simply regulating water flow to each plant with the emitter outlet is a viable option. This doesn’t work because all of the plants water at the same time more or less, depending on how they are programmed. The fact is some plants need to be watered more frequently and others less frequently regardless of the emitter flow. Consider the specific water needs of each plant and put them on different irrigation zones to solve this problem. To help your plants do their best consider these options:

  • Put flower pots on a separate irrigation line to water daily for approximately 15 minutes.
  • Fruit trees, particularly citrus, should be put on a separate irrigation line to be watered less frequently, but more deeply once they are established.
  • Plants and shrubbery should also be on a separate irrigation line to be watered during the summer months three to four times a week for approximately two to two and a half hours.
  • When combining shrubbery on one irrigation line, consideration should be made for the arid varieties versus the tropical varieties that come from California. If these varieties are mixed together, the arid varieties can end up being overwatered and dying.

Source: Cherry Landscape

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Managing Winter Pests
Don't Forget About Your Pool This Winter
Choosing Home Accessories
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Ants Everywhere
Prepare Your Home for Monsoon Season Now
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Dont Let Your A/C Break The Bank
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Improving your Wireless Internet Experience
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Becoming Green Clean Minded
Protect your recreational vehicles from extreme desert heat
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The information contained in these articles are provided by local area businesses. We believe this information to be accurate and reliable, but it is not guaranteed.