How We Work
DesertScape Design specializes in premium contemporary landscape design and custom landscape renovation.
The Estimate. We will provide you with an estimate. The estimate will include: the design and landscape drawing of your property. The estimate will also include any of the elements that you request to be included in the design, such as; turf removal, plant material based variety of plant and size of container, DG (decomposed granite), gravel, river rock, boulders, irrigation, artificial turf, landscape lighting, stepping stones, and labor.
The Design. After approval of the landscape proposal, we will meet with you to decide on options for plant materials, color of DG or gravel, boulders, river rock, rubble, lighting etc. The final custom design drawing will take about two weeks. Several copies of the design drawing will be available to you and can be used for HOA submission and rebate programs. We also provide assistance with applications for HOA’s and water district rebate programs.
Installation. As soon as your application has been approved by your HOA (if you live in one) or after you approve the design, your job will be scheduled for installation. Installation usually takes one week. We work with several different installers depending on your requirements. We generally do no do installations during the hottest months of the summer: June 15th - September 15th.
Maintenance. One of the benefits of desert landscape is the simplicity of maintenance. You should be able to cut back on your landscape maintenance cost, primarily by reducing the frequency and amount of time your current maintenance crew spends on your property. Some weekly or bi-weekly clean up may be necessary depending on how clean you want your property to appear. Keep in mind this is subjective and really depends on your standards. Pruning 2 to 3 times a year is recommended. Desert plants should not be over pruned, but left in a natural state especially when flowering. Hedge trimmers should never be used. It is most important for your gardener to monitor the new irrigation on your new desert landscape. Proper amounts of water are essential to maintain the health of your new plants. This means no over watering and but does mean enough water. Once your desert plants have become established, water can be cut back. If you go through one of the desert water districts rebate programs, you will be given a free “smart irrigation clock.” These smart clocks will increase or decrease water irrigation amounts according to the weather. We highly recommend getting a smart irrigation clock as it is the only way to insure your plants get the correct amount of water.
Enjoy beautiful, natural looking DesertScape!