Drab to Fab Backyard Rehab Winner
Homeowner Lisa O. won a backyard makeover from Water Use It Wisely through a promotion with ABC/15 TV. Check out the before and after pictures below.
Then, come along and see how Lisa plans to take her backyard from Drab to Fabulous with the help of our promotional partners, including Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply, the Arizona Nursery Association and its Plant Something campaign, and the Arizona Landscape Contractors Association. Your yard can be colorful, great for entertaining, accommodate your dog, and conserve water too!
Check out our 10-part video series below and get the tips you need to transform your own landscape from drab to fabulous!
Transform Your Landscape From Drab to Fab
In this 10-part series
In this 10-part series, we will show you the steps to turn your yard into a Xeriscape wonderland. Meet our winner, Lisa O., and then watch each week as we take you step-by-step through the process of creating your own low water use landscape that looks great and saves water.
Video 1 – Learn about Lisa’s vision for transforming her own backyard.
Video 2 – Learn about Xeriscape design and low-water-use plant selection.
Video 3 – Learn how to choose the best plants for the area you want to transform.
Video 4 – Learn proper irrigation techniques to design the right irrigation system solution.
Video 5 - Learn how to design your landscape for year-round beauty
Video 6 - Learn how to use hardscaping to create visual appeal and conserve water
Video 7 - Learn how to install your Xeriscape landscape
Video 8 - Learn How to Properly Plant Your Plants
Video 9 - Learn How to Maintain Your Landscape to Keep it Growing Strong
Video 10 - The Drab to Fab Landscape is Done, or Is It?
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 »
Thanks to our Promotional Partners
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.
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.
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.
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.