Commercial Landscaping Tips for Winter
The extremes of the Sonoran Desert climate generally makes the business-as-usual line of approach difficult for any Phoenix commercial landscaping. There are many options for creating great looking commercial landscaping, and with our experience and expertise you don’t have to look too far to find them.
Given the harsh summers (and winters) the trick though is to think out of the box and find ways to incorporate more hard-scape features into your yard. This will reduce the demand for water and maintenance while keeping your commercial landscaping tidy and good looking. Softening the yard with carefully thought out soft-scape, is the real trick.
Your best option is to choose from native plants and other plants for dry areas. You will have to make compromises, but you can still have appealing commercial landscaping, water-efficient courtyards or common areas in your complex.
Winter is the ideal time to set your landscaping up for saving money in the coming year. Contact us and we will be happy to come out and assess your property for ways to optimize your yard.
Watering Commercial Landscaping
No single schedule of watering can be applied to all soft-scaping plants. Given the extremes in weather, your irrigation system needs to be constantly adjusted to take account of the prevailing conditions. This is an area that presents considerable savings and as part of our service to keeping our customers properties looking their best and saving them money, we continually adjust and optimize their irrigation systems.
In the winter, Bermuda-grass lawns become dormant and therefore need no supplemental watering. Bermuda grass dies down and goes brown, so to keep the grass areas of your commercial landscaping looking lush and green, we over-seed with Rye Grass in winter. While the Rye Grass is getting established we switch to a light repeated watering cycles, but after the grass becomes established, Rye Grass areas only require watering every 3 to 7 days.
In general you can save water by preventing runoff. Dividing your watering cycles up into shorter periods spread throughout the day will give maximum effectiveness and save you money.
Shrubs are best served by drip irrigation and variable capacity emitters are available to be tailored to suit every situation. Newly established beds should be kept moist until the plants show signs of growth. Watering can then be scaled back. Winter guidelines for drip irrigation are:
- New Landscape – 3 days a week, 30-60 minutes.
- Established Landscape – 2 days a week, 30-60 minutes.
Precipitation can be factored in and additional watering and meteorological information is available from AZMET