My gardens look fabulous. The plants in the front desert re-vegetated areas are all green and growing and many are in flower. The rear ornamental gardens are full of flowers and every plant appears to be healthy and vibrant and the vegetable garden is providing fresh produce every day. I must be the greatest gardener in the world!
Or maybe just maybe my gardens look fabulous because I’ve had a great monsoon season. At my house it’s rained on a regular basis, temperatures have been relatively moderate and humidity has been up. I would guess judging from the number of calls that we’ve been getting at the office requesting drainage improvements and general landscape clean ups that most of you have also had a good monsoon. For the last six weeks the weather in Tucson has actually encouraged plants to thrive and they have. This really seems to be the only time of year in which every plant in my gardens consistently looks good and I love it. I’ve been fortunate to have worked as a professional gardener in many varied locations (Indiana, Texas, Idaho, Virgin Islands and Arizona) and I can say that without a doubt that Southern Arizona is the most difficult place of all to grow a beautiful garden. Except for right now. So, all you gardeners should enjoy the beauty that you’ve created and pat yourselves on the back because right now it appears that we are all the greatest gardeners in the world!
Sonoran Gardens Landscape Design & Construction
I’ve been a gardener for most of my life. I have always had an interest in
plants and enjoyed growing them. My career has included work in almost
every aspect of the green industry with a particular emphasis on the design,
installation and care of ornamental landscapes. Currently I am the semi
retired owner of Sonoran Gardens a residential landscape design, build and
maintenance company in Tucson, AZ.
My home is a fairly typical suburban residence on about a 1/3 acre lot with
in a development in Vail, AZ. We built it about 10 years ago and I have
been designing and planting since then. There is undisturbed desert behind
and across the street and a neighbors house on each side. We don’t however
share common walls with them. The front yard and the areas between the
walls have been planted to duplicate the existing desert areas as closely as
possible. At the front entry is a small specimen cactus garden with a
collection of potted succulents on the porch. The rear yard is an outdoor
living space with patios, swimming pool, BBQ/bar counter and fire pit all
surrounded by an ornamental garden. The side yard is dedicated to growing
fruits and vegetables in pots and galvanized metal stock tanks.
Generally when I meet someone and they discover that I own a landscape
company they begin asking for advice about their landscapes and the plants
in them. Since I have a passion for plants and beautiful gardens, I’m
always willing to share what I have learned from a lifetime of gardening.
For that reason I’ve begun this blog. I will be regularly discussing my
design inspirations, maintenance activities and plant knowledge as they
relate to my home gardens.
In most cases, summer stress can be lessened or even prevented by proper irrigation. Slow, deep irrigations that allow water to soak water down deep into the soil to reach the lower root zones of plants are essential. Never use hot water from a hose. Let the water run until it cools off. Timing is critical also. It is best to irrigate by running the drip irrigation to regular landscape plants 3 – 4 days per week for 2 hours with the run time starting in the early morning.
Trees should run twice per week for 3 hours. Flower beds and pots should run twice per day, every day for 5-7 minutes each run. A correct irrigation will wet the entire area underneath shrubs and trees to ensure that a majority of the roots are receiving water.
If you understand the basics of summer heat stress, we can take the proper steps to minimize the stress or avoid it all together.
As always, you can call Sonoran Gardens with any questions or concerns. We’re here to help!
Hello fellow gardeners. It’s time to gear up for warm weather!
If your plants are anything like mine these days. they look happy and full of blooms right now, but we need to remember it is going to be hot soon. Especially with our warm winter, plants are already thinking we are well into Spring. So, here are a few tips to get you started this season:
- Prune your shrubs after they have completed flowering
- Woody plants such as Bougainvillea and Lantana should not be cut back until threat of frost has past.
- Cut back shrubs that need rejuvenation 12″-18″ from the ground. Shrubs that could benefit from rejuvenation cut back would include: Texas Mountain Laurel, Oleander, and Hop Bushes.
- Shrubs that need just clean up can be achieved by removing base branches and/or unproductive branches within the canopy.
- If any of this is not in your area of expertise, please call our staff at Sonoran Gardens to learn how we can help you with a custom designed maintenance plan.
Summer Pots: Sonoran Gardens are the pot experts! Let our Contained Gardener team show you how pots can light up your living areas inside & out! A few thoughts…
- Yes, you can have color in the hot Arizona summer!
- Summer annuals can begin being planted in mid-April and they should last until mid-October
- Summer flower staples include Zinnia, Penta, Angelonia and Vinca
- The soil should always be moist to the touch, but not so wet that water is filling up your saucers.
- The Sonoran Gardens Contained Gardner irrigation team can set-up your irrigation system if needed.
Make sure your irrigation controller is adjusted for spring & summer. Your plants need extra water with the high temperatures and low humidity.
Tips for keeping your plants healthy in the warmer weather:
- Inspect your irrigation system for leaks, breaks, and clogs. You will be running your system more frequently and any leaks or breaks will end up wasting a lot of money. In addition leaks and breaks can create unsightly wet spots and mud puddles in your area. Clogs in your system during the hottest time of year will restrict water to your plants and can result in stressed and dying plants.
- Listen to your plants – they will show you if they need water. Look for leaves that are turning a lighter shade of green or yellow, dull wilted, drooping, or curling leaves, stems or branches dying back. Be cautious of heat wilt. At the hottest part of the day many plants will experience heat wilt. Their leaves show signs of wilt because they are tired from reflecting the sun all day. These plants are not dying or under-watered; once the day begins to cool they will perk back up. Think about how you feel after a day in the sun – it can be exhausting! Use your finger to test the soil around the plant; if it is moist your plant is probably experiencing heat wilt.
- Program your controller for the season. Most landscapes will require time and/or days added to the irrigation schedule for the summer months. Knowing how much water your plants require and how much water your system puts out is integral to programming your control. You can visit Arizona’s, Water Use It Wisely website for some great basic tips to determine how much water you need. In addition, reference your irrigation controller’s user manual they typically provide information on appropriate programming.
If you need assistance programming your system, or are experiencing any issues, Sonoran Gardens can help you out with that. Call today – 520-579-9411. Or contact us.
Don’t forget, it’s not just your plants that need water in these temperatures. Make sure you always have water on hand and are drinking plenty of it throughout the day.
Sonoran Gardens Landscape Design & Construction is a complete landscape design, landscape construction, custom care landscape maintenance, irrigation and lighting repair firm serving Tucson, Oro Valley, Catalina Foothills, SaddleBrooke, Tanque Verde, Marana, Vail, Sahuarita, Green Valley, and Southern Arizona.
4261 W Jeremy PL
Tucson, AZ 85741
A beautiful example of a Sonoran Gardens new construction installation:
All masonry, iron work including gates, fences and trellises, brick paving, plantings, and pots by Sonoran Gardens!
Beautiful Tucson, Arizona!
Sonoran Gardens Landscape Design, Construction and Custom Care Landscape Maintenance in Tucson, Arizona, was established in 1996 by Chris Niccum. Chris has a Bachelor’s degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Purdue University and has spent his entire working career in the landscape industry. He started Sonoran Gardens with an old pickup truck, some basic hand tools, one helper and a dream of becoming the best landscape construction company in Tucson. His years of experience had shown him that producing a high quality product, exceptional customer service, and treating people with integrity and honesty, would lead to success. Since that time he has brought together a staff of dedicated professionals who share that belief.
Sonoran Gardens approaches each project as a unique opportunity to meet our client’s needs and exceed their expectations, always with an on-going development of systems and procedures to ensure that these goals are achieved for every one of our clients. From detailed personalized planning and award winning design, to expert project management and installation, Sonoran Gardens will do whatever it takes to ensure your complete satisfaction.
Contact us at 520-579-9411 for your complimentary landscape design and installation consultation or to learn more about our Custom Care Landscape Maintenance program.
Chris Niccum and the Sonoran Gardens Team
It’s a great time for a landscape spruce up! Summer’s heat is beginning to subside, and plants are awakening from their summer dormancy. They want to grow and bloom! Replace those plants that may have been burned over the last couple months. These cooler evenings mean great weather for outdoor living. So, liven your landscape now and enjoy it all winter long!
Perfect weather for morning coffee in your custom outdoor living space!
Call Sonoran Gardens today to schedule a fall spruce up at (520) 579-9411.
Sonoran Gardens Landscape Design & Construction is a complete landscape design, landscape construction, custom care landscape maintenance, potted plants and potted gardens, irrigation and lighting repair firm serving Tucson, Oro Valley, Catalina Foothills, SaddleBrooke, Tanque Verde, Marana, Vail, Sahuarita, Green Valley, and Southern Arizona.
Since 1998, our talented landscape designers have created hundreds of custom landscapes as individual as our clients. We work closely with our customers to design an outdoor living space that exceeds their expectations and meets their budget requirements. Simply check our Google reviews and testimonials.
The Many Climates of Arizona by Sonoran Gardens Landscape Design & Construction
Arizona has a reputation. Ask anyone that has never been here to describe what they think of when they think of Arizona and you will inevitably hear: hot, dry, barren.
The reality is that Arizona has an extremely diverse climate that allows for a vast array of landscape life. In Arizona we are surrounded by an environment that makes gardening both extremely challenging and extremely rewarding. According to the University of Arizona, Arizona consists of five climate zones; , Cool Plateau Highlands, High Altitude Desert, Mid-Altitude Desert (this is where Tucson lies), and Low Altitude Desert. Each zone has distinctly difference climatic qualities. Before you start your garden become familiar with your climate, it is the first step towards a successful landscape in Arizona.
Climate Zone 1: Cold Mountainous
Zone 2: Cool Plateau Highlands
Zone 3:High Altitude Desert,
Zone 4: Mid-Altitude Desert
Zone 5: Low Altitude Desert
Sonoran Gardens Landscape Design & Construction is a complete landscape design, landscape construction, custom care landscape maintenance, potted plants and potted gardens, irrigation and lighting repair firm serving Tucson, Oro Valley, Catalina Foothills, SaddleBrooke, Tanque Verde, Marana, Vail, Sahuarita, Green Valley, and Southern Arizona. To learn more about how we can help you create a wonderful outdoor living space at your home please call us at 520-579-9411 or visit www.sonorangardensinc.com/contact.
Sonoran Gardens is excited to welcome The Contained Gardener into our family! http://sonorangardensinc.com/about-contained-gardener-tucson Stayed tuned for our newsletter next week for all the details!
For years, Sonoran Gardens Landscape Design & Construction has been receiving questions about LED landscape lighting. Our response has always been that the technology wasn’t quite there yet. Outdoor lighting should provide soft and subtle highlights not a florescent impersonation of a UFO landing in your front yard. I always say that landscape lighting is the feature that brings a yard from great to WOW! But LED lights just didn’t cut it. I am so excited to say that is no longer the case!
FX Luminaire lighting makes your night light up right!
FX Luminaire has created a line of LED lights that are not only attractive on the exterior, but also project the type of lighting suitable for a landscape, all while maintaining the benefits of LED. Their light fixtures come with unique color filters that can be used to get the perfect illumination. So why use LED?
1.) Energy Efficiency: LED lights require + 80% less voltage than halogen based lights, which equates to lower energy costs and longer fixture life.
2.) Heat Reduction: Lower voltage means less heat. Less heat is safer and also attributes to longer life.
3.) Life Span: Did I mention LED lights last longer? LED lights can last 50,000 hours or more!
FX Luminaire LED lights installed by Sonoran Garden come with a 10 year manufacturer’s warranty – that means no light bulb replacements for 10 years!
Remember installing outdoor lighting is an art. Allow our Sonoran Gardens designers to tastefully incorporate landscape lighting into your yard. Call us today at 520-579-9411.
Outdoor lighting from Sonoran Gardens
Sonoran Gardens Design & Landscape are Tucson’s complete design and landscape construction specialists. Whatever your desire, we can turn your outdoor living areas into your outdoor paradise!