What are the best plants for your home in Phoenix?

There are two main growing seasons in Phoenix: from mid-February until the end of May, and from September to mid-November. As a result, nation-wide calendars are ill adapted to our needs.
Moving here from Charlotte, NC I didn’t know what to think when I went out in my yard. Lots of things with thorns and gravel everywhere! I loved getting my hands in the dirt and planting my flowers and vegetables. Now I stand here feeling bewildered…the ground is rocks & sand. What do I do with this? Where is my grass?

So I decided to check out our local plant nursery, The Green Goddess near Tatum and Bell and I found a whole new world of plants! Lantana, purple sage, bird of paradise and more. I also found that there were some of the plants from back east I could plant-pansies & geraniums just at opposite times of the year than I was used to!
I also discovered the draught tolerant plants. The many varieties of Bougainvillea, lantana, desert lavender, desert marigold, agaves and all of the beautiful cacti. I never knew there were so many different cactus-prickly pear, barrel and the list goes on…

By the time I left the nursery my fears were lifted and I found plants and flowers to plant & frame our little of piece of paradise. Now I can walk out in my yard and embrace the beauty of my surroundings! Whether you are looking for drought resistant landscape or more of a traditional landscape I’ll find you the home you have been searching for! Click here to start your search or call me 480-980-8286

 

 

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How To Take Care Of Your Pool During Monsoon

poo photoBeing a pool owner in Phoenix is one of the luxuries many valley residents enjoy. During Monsoon, nights continue holding high temperatures and a midnight dip in a pool after long day is fun and refreshing.  However, heavy rainfalls during this time of the year means extra pool maintenance to keep your water clear and balanced.  With the help of professional pool service you can always assure your pool is swim ready and here are some tips to keep in mind:

1. Check you water levels often

Keep testing the pH levels frequently to ensure your water is safe.  Salt water systems are becoming very popular so that you don’t subject your family to harsh chemicals but these pools still need extra maintenance after heavy rain storms.

2. Keep an eye on the clarity of your water

The most dreaded result of unbalanced water is hidden bacteria which creates green swamp like water.  Pollen, heavy rain and other particles get swept into the pool causing algae overgrowth but sometimes green water may be due to e.Coli which is dangerous to come into contact with.  Once you start noticing you water is less than crystal clear – don’t wait!

3. Take care of your equipment

Keep your equipment in top working condition and don’t underestimate your filter – it is responsible to clean up the the algea after heavy rain storms.  If you are taking care of your own pool, don’t delay weekly backwashing.

4. Make time for maintenance

You or your professional should schedule time for routine maintenance while you skim your water daily for debris that float on the surface and fill up your skimmer.  Empty the skimmer basked every day which may sometime hold small, dead rodents that offset the pH balance.

Being a pool owner means accepting the responsibility to keep your pool and water in sanitary condition but it also allows the opportunity to swim and play anytime you desire.

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