Drab to Fab Backyard Rehab Giveaway

Do you ever wish you could have a team of experts transform your tired or water-thirsty yard from dull-and-drab to fabulous? You can—and we’re here to help! From April 17 to May 31, Water – Use It Wisely is partnering with ABC15, the Arizona Landscape Contractors Association, the Arizona Nursery Association’s Plant Something Campaign and Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply to provide an amazing backyard makeover valued at $9,000.

 

Along the way, our experts will provide landscape makeover tips and tricks, provide you with great resources and ideas during interviews on Sonoran Living Live, and we’ll offer vital links and references in our weekly blogs. Whether you’re a do-it-yourselfer or if you prefer to make-others-do-it-for-you by hiring a pro, we’ll show you how.

WATCH OUR 10-PART VIDEO SERIES TO SEE OUR LANDSCAPE MAKEOVER TRANSFORMATION.

Download Our 10 Steps to a Beautiful Xeriscape

Overconsumption is a serious problem for many yards. Help your landscape curb its water habit and regain its vibrant, healthy life with this ten-step guide to backyard rehab. Also, visit our 100+ Ways to Conserve for more ideas and tips to help your yard drink responsibly.

10 Steps to a Beautiful Xeriscape »

USE OUR FOUR EASY STEPS FOR PLANNING A LANDSCAPE

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A GREAT YARD STARTS WITH A GREAT PLAN

Learn how to Landscape with Style in the Arizona Desert, by reviewing our step-by-step guide for planning your landscape with sample designs and drawings. As you gather ideas for your design, visit one of many Valley Xeriscape Demonstration Gardens for inspiration.

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CHOOSE PLANTS THAT THRIVE

We live in a very special place where people enjoy the outdoors nearly year-round. The plants that thrive in this unique climate are the key that unlocks the door to outdoor living. Don’t know much about desert plants and flowers? There are lots of great resources. Check out our page on Choosing and Planting Low Water-Use Plants.  You may also want to peruse our Plant of the Month Series or use our helpful Landscape Plants for the Arizona Desert plant selection site. If you’d prefer to see desert plants in person, take a trip to one of the many Xeriscape demonstration gardens in the Phoenix area.  And when you are ready to buy your plants, visit plant-something.org to find a nursery near you.

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PROPER IRRIGATION TO KEEP YOUR LANDSCAPE FROM SOAKING YOU

Setting up or reconfiguring your irrigation properly will ensure that you’re watering properly while keeping your landscape healthy and beautiful. An irrigation supply specialist such as Ewing Irrigation can help you find the ideal solutions for your unique irrigation needs. Landscape Watering by the Numbers: A Guide for the Arizona Desert is a great resource full of locally relevant information.

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INSTALLATION: DIY OR NOT — AND HOW TO SELECT A LANDSCAPE PRO

Decide whether you are going to tackle this on your own or hire a landscape pro. Love a do-it-yourself challenge? Check out resources on Water – Use It Wisely including our guide, Xeriscape: Landscaping with Style for the AZ Desert and our Landscape Care How-To Topics.

Rather leave it to a pro so you can sit back, relax and let a team of experts transform your tired yard from dull-and-drab to fabulous? Many landscape professionals will even provide you with life-like renderings to help you envision your ideal, water-wise outdoor escape. Learn more about hiring an ALCA-certified professional.