November 2, 2017

Transform Your Landscape from Drab to Fab with Water – Use It Wisely’s 10-Part Video Series

Installing a new landscape, or renovating an existing landscape, can be daunting; however, it doesn’t have to be intimidating. With the help of a new video series capturing the transformation of an Avondale backyard from a barren lot to a colorful Xeriscape, you too can transform your landscape from Drab to Fab!

Water – Use It Wisely created this video series in collaboration with ABC15, Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply, the Arizona Nursery Association and its Plant Something campaign, and the Arizona Landscape Contractors Association to help educate everyday homeowners who dream of creating a fantastic and sustainable landscape.

The series focuses on the winners of the 2016 Drab to Fab Backyard Rehab giveaway, valued at $8,000. Lisa O. from Avondale and her husband Alan wanted a yard that was beautiful, low-maintenance, and dog-friendly.

“I never enter contests,” Lisa confessed. “But I thought, our backyard is so ugly! Maybe we’ll win. We are truly grateful for this amazing gift.”

Lisa's drab backyard before it was transformed

Lisa O. appears in the videos, along with landscape, irrigation, plant, and water conservation experts. Through the series, viewers can learn about the four easy steps for planning a stunning landscape.

1. A great yard starts with a great plan. Learn how to landscape with style in the Arizona desert, by reviewing this step-by-step guide for planning a home landscape with sample designs and drawings. For ideas, visit one of many Valley Xeriscape demonstration gardens for inspiration.

2. Choose plants that thrive. Plants that thrive in Phoenix’s unique climate come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Check out Water – Use It Wisely’s page on choosing and planting low-water-use plants, peruse the Plant of the Month series, or use the iconic resource Landscape Plants for the Arizona Desert plant selection site. Ready to buy plants? Visit to find a nursery near you.

3. Proper irrigation to keep your landscape from soaking you. Properly installing or reconfiguring an irrigation system will help with watering efficiency while keeping landscape plants healthy and beautiful. An irrigation supply specialist, such as Ewing Irrigation, can help homeowners find the ideal solutions for unique irrigation needs. Landscape Watering by the Numbers: A Guide for the Arizona Desert is a great resource full of locally-relevant information.

4. DIY or select a landscape pro. Decide to tackle this on your own or hire a landscape professional. Love a do-it-yourself challenge? Check out resources on Water – Use It Wisely, including Xeriscape: Landscaping with Style for the AZ Desert and our landscape care how-to topics. Or leave it to the pro’s and let a team of experts transform your tired yard from dull-and-drab to fabulous. Many landscape professionals will even provide life-like renderings to help homeowners envision the ideal, water-wise outdoor escape. Learn more about hiring an ALCA-certified professional. Also, consider hiring a Smartscape trained landscaper.

Viewers can watch the entire series or skip to a specific topic. Whether it’s a visit to the local nursery to select plants with the Arizona Nursery Association or learning how to lay the foundation for proper irrigation system with Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply.

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