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What Is The Best Low Maintenance Grass For Arizona

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Arizona is known for its sunshine, but the Grand Canyon State’s extreme highs and dry heat can make for a troublesome lawn should you choose the wrong grass. Opt for a low-maintenance yard by choosing Midiron or Palmetto St. Augustine grass. Here’s why.

What Is The Best Low Maintenance Grass For Arizona

About Palmetto St. Augustine

Palmetto St. Augustine is by far the most popular turf grass in the United States for its rich color and fine texture. It has the ability to withstand extreme cold but also thrives under the sky high temperatures of the Arizona desert. In fact, it performs best in heat. What follows are the main characteristics of Palmetto St. Augustine.

Look and Feel

Color: Emerald/Green

Blade width: 8-9 mm

Function

Soil: Sand, Clay

Injury Recovery: Good

Insect Resistance: Average

Disease Resistance: Good

Maintenance

Mower: Standard

Blade height: 1.5 – 2.5 inches

Weed control: Good

About Midiron

Midiron is incredibly durable and drought-tolerant making it a popular choice among Arizona homeowners who don’t want to spend hours on weekly yard duties. It’s especially ideal for families as Midiron can withstand heavy foot traffic including that of the family pet or active child. It’s most commonly found on commercial properties but makes a great alternative to seed for residential lawns due to the following characteristics.

Look and Feel

Color: Green

Blade width: 3 mm

Function

Soil: Sand, Loam, Clay

Injury Recovery: Great

Insect Resistance: Great

Disease Resistance: Great

Maintenance

Mower: Rotary, Reel

Blade height: ¾ – 1.5 inch

Which Turf Grass is Better?

Because Midiron and Palmetto St. Augustine are both versatile and long lasting, the top pick for one’s lawn is mostly a matter of preference. Both grasses are soft to the touch for maximum comfort and resemblance to traditional grass types. There are few notable differences between the properties of these two low maintenance grasses.

  1. Midiron is not shade-tolerant meaning your Arizona lawn should not be hidden by large trees or covered patios. As the grass thrives under sunny conditions, desert landscaping is ideal. Think cacti and rock coverings around the lawn’s perimeter.
  2. Augustine prefers direct sunlight, but it will survive in shade just as well. Homeowners can expect slower growth in the cooler winter and spring seasons.
  3. Installing St. Augustine will necessitate more fertilizer than Midiron along with frequent mowing. Midiron typically needs fertilizer only one time per year—a blend of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.
  4. Midiron will do well with a water soak every five days versus daily watering. St. Augustine does not need a lot of water either, though the maintenance schedule will vary slightly between the two.
  5. Midiron can withstand heavy wear while St. Augustine will require careful attention to extra foot traffic.

To determine which turf grass is right for you, check out our lawn selector tool.

How to Refresh Your Yard For Spring

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Here are some tips and ideas on how to refresh your yard for spring.

  1. Update your welcome mats with bright colors
  2. Create sod-covered coasters
  3. Paint your planters bright colors
  4. Repair bare spots in your lawn
  5. Garnish Your Outdoor Space with DIY Garland

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Update Your Welcome Mats with Bright Colors

Out with the old, drab, gray mats that have greeted one too many pairs of dirty shoes. It’s time to freshen up your pad, starting with the space that greets guests just before they enter your doors. Need some inspiration? Shoot for fruit-inspired floor features that will liven up your entryways. A watermelon welcome mat at the front door, and a lemon one at the back, will instantly bring a bright and vibrant vibe to your home.

Create Sod-Covered Coasters

What’s a springtime cocktail without a great coaster? We’d be lying if we said we didn’t have a special affinity to these sod-covered coasters. After all, our Evergreen Turf team works hard to procure beautiful sod lawns everyday, so when we find an item that allows us to enjoy the fruits of our labor by way of an after-work cocktail, there’s no getting around the happiness!

Fill a glass with fruit-infused water – or go for something a little stronger – as you sit on your patio and enjoy the welcoming post-winter Arizona weather.

Paint Your Planters Bright Colors

Ring in spring by saying, “Out with the drab, and in with the fab!”

Nobody said planters have to keep their boring, original colors. Pep up your plants, both inside and out, with neon paint. Appeal to the complementary colors on your flowers’ petals, or simply choose vibrant hues that work well for you. In any case, a brightened up planter will instantly set the springtime mood.

Repair Bare Spots in Your Lawn

Now that winter has begun to fade away, this is the perfect time to fix any trouble spots in your lawn and repair bare spots with new sod. Brown spots can easily become green again if you put the proper measures in place. First, try to understand what’s causing the barren spaces on your landscape. If pet urine or pests are the problem, seek measures to help eliminate ongoing brown patches. Otherwise, new sod won’t do much but mask the problem as a momentary fix.

If you’ve remedied the sources of your spotting, it’s time to lay down some new sod. Be sure to check out our Guide to Transitioning Your Arizona Sod Lawn in the Spring for helpful tips about fertilizing, watering, and maintaining your new sod.

Garnish Your Outdoor Space with DIY Garland

You can spruce up any space in your place with an easy-to-do DIY garland project. Simply gather the essential items, and set some time aside to work on your craft. If you have a garden, consider plucking some of your lovely flowers to incorporate into this piece. Alternatively, local florists – and even grocery stores – will be able to provide you with plenty of floral pickings.

Alas, not all spring cleaning is this much fun. To ensure a beautiful Arizona lawn all summer long, be sure to check out these 5 Lawn Care Tips for Spring brought to you by our Evergreen Turf team!

Winter Tips for Your Lawn

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Although Arizona isn’t subjected to the freezing temperatures most of the rest of the country endures around this time of year, winter weather still has an impact on Southwestern lawns and landscaping. As chilly temperatures begin to settle in for the coming weeks, here are a few winter tips to help keep your lawn healthy and happy until spring rolls back around.

Winter Tips for Your Lawn

Bermuda Grass in the Winter

Because of its hardy and drought-resistant nature, Bermuda grass has long been a favorite of Arizona homeowners. While it’s beautiful when it’s growing healthy and strong, colder temperatures can cause alarm for people who aren’t experienced in dealing with this type of lawn. Rest assured, this tough species doesn’t require much from you to get through the winter.

Here are some helpful hints:

  • Sod With No Overseed – If you didn’t overseed your sod, it’s probably gone dormant by now. There’s nothing to do now but sit back, relax, and let your lawn rest until the thermometer starts to rise again.
  • Overseeded Sod – If you overseeded your sod, it’s probably experiencing a little shock. As the bermuda grass begins to go dormant beneath the surface, small, quarter-sized yellow spots may begin to appear. These markings are nothing to fear. In fact, they’re an indication that your lawn was healthy when temperatures were warmer.

The spots occur because you probably overseeded during the warm season (late September to early October) when the bermuda grass was still flourishing and out-growing the ryegrass overseed. As it enters dormancy, it leaves behind evidence of the places where it was out-doing the overseeding.

To help your overseeded lawn heal these spots, switch from granular fertilizers, which are typically slow to get a reaction when the temperature drops, to foliar (spray) fertilizers during the winter months.

Winter Foliar Fertilizer 101

Many people fail to alter their lawn care routines when winter falls in Arizona. Although our state generally enjoys a mild climate between November and March, the temperatures can still drop below optimal levels if you’re using granular fertilizers. Foliar fertilizers’ formulas often withstand winter better than their granular counterparts, allowing your overseeded sod to perform at its best.

  • Heating Elements. Some foliar fertilizers heat the plants up, helping to facilitate growth. Ferrous sulfate and endurant turf paint will both provide heat to your overseeding.
  • Organic Options. There are certain organic fertilizers that work well in the winter. Seaweed extracts, kelp, and compost teas will help boost your roots while feeding the organisms within the soil that help your lawn grow. Ask our team about the best organic options for your particular species of grass.

Winter Watering 101

Your fertilizer isn’t the only element you should alter when winter comes – it’s also important to pay attention to the way you water your lawn. You should dramatically cut back on your watering schedule during the cold season. Your winter ryegrass requires a lot less water than your summer sod. You only need about 20 minutes of watering two to three times a week to keep your ryegrass properly hydrated from December through mid-February.

If you didn’t overseed, shoot for a monthly watering unless a good rainfall hits, in which case, you can wait to water until your lawn shows signs of stress.

Looking for a little more assistance? Be sure to check out our Evergreen Turf Fall Over-Seeking/ Winter Lawn Care Tips, and reach out to us if we can be of further service!

How To Get A Sod Lawn On A Budget In Arizona

Friday, December 16th, 2016

Beautifying your home with a sod lawn doesn’t have to break the bank. Get started with the following tips from homeowners.

How To Get A Sod Lawn On A Budget In Arizona

Step 1: Measure Twice, Cut Once

Follow the old carpenter’s creed and measure your lawn twice to ensure accuracy. Sod comes in rolls that typically cover 20×25 feet of yard space. Check with your garden center for exact measurements and plan to have the sod delivered the same day you want to install it.

Step 2: Remove Grass

Removing dead grass will take a while, but the more you’re able to clear, the better. Cut whatever you can’t remove as low as possible. Remove rocks, twigs, and other debris to ensure you’re starting with a clean slate. Next, wet the lawn and aerate it so that your sod can become deeply rooted. The easiest way to do this is to rent a soil aerator. Home Depot offers basic aerator rentals (ideal for small to medium sized lawns) for less than $100 per day.

Step 3: Prepare The Soil

Aerating the lawn will most likely present more work, so don’t stop preparing just yet. Remove any newly discovered soil plugs, weeds, or rocks throughout the yard. Your goal is to clear the space entirely of things that would inhibit the growth of new sod—otherwise your hard work will have been in vain. Drainage problems? Fix them. Heaps of dirt? Level them. Be sure to mark the precise location of sprinkler heads and underground utilities for easy access once sod has been installed. Lastly, fertilize the yard with a heavier concentration of phosphorous and wet the earth one final time.

Step 4: Install Sod

Lay your new squares of sod as closely as you can get them without overlapping. Prevent gaps by working slowly and squeezing two pieces together with your hands before laying the third. Start from the straightest point in the yard (e.g. along the fence) and work your way inward. Stagger each roll of sod as you would if you were laying bricks. Using a sod cutter or sharp knife, cut the sod accordingly once you begin to fill in oddly-shaped areas and the space around sprinkler heads. Avoid air pockets by working slowly and patting the sod down as you go without stepping on it.

Step 5: Maintain

A thorough watering is the best way to complete your sod installation. Water once per day—mornings are preferable due to less heat and evaporation. Be aware that night watering can encourage fungal disease since the lawn won’t have a chance to dry out in the sun. Taper your schedule to every other day after the first week and eventually twice per week. Keep off the new lawn for at least one week which might mean taking the kids to the park and keeping the family dog indoors.

When it comes time to mow, aim for a 1/3 of the lawn’s current height. For example, if your grass has grown three inches, mow it down to two. Avoid the weight of a riding lawnmower as the grass will be susceptible to damage. Opt instead for a traditional walking mower with a sharp blade. Bag your trimmings.

Laying your own sod is certainly a good way to work your muscles and learn a new skill. And as with any successful DIY project, the feeling of accomplishment carries its own set of rewards.

If you choose not to DIY, we offer professional install when you purchase our sod in Phoenix, Tucson and surrounding areas.

Contact us to order your sod.

Fence Line Landscaping: Beautiful Looks for Your Property’s Borders

Friday, December 16th, 2016

Wondering what to do with the area around your fence to make it less boring and more eye-catching? Here are some fence line landscaping ideas for homeowners.

Here are some fence line landscaping ideas for homeowners.

A Clean and Simple Perimeter

Sharp lines often signify clean designs, and when it comes to your yard, this rule still holds true. Sometimes the simplest of layouts can bring the most peace and serenity to a property. If your goal is to create an inviting space that speaks to the simplicity of life, stay centered by keeping the center of your property plain and well-maintained.

Along the fence line, create a space of one to a few feet between your property’s perimeter and the lawn. Define this space using pavers, bricks, or other landscaping accessories. Fill the void in your newly-defined space with mulch, and small shrubs. Plan ahead before you plant them so you can be sure to evenly distribute them along your fence line.

The sharp lines and small shrubs will be easy to maintain and won’t be overwhelming when you walk into your yard.

Bolstering Your Border with Bricks and Flowers

Looking for a way to incorporate a little more color into your life? Why not expand this Side Yard Makeover idea, and take it to the next level by covering more square footage than that which simply rests alongside your house?

Start by choosing plants that grow well in Arizona, such as desert agave or blackfoot daisy perennials. Plant them a few inches from your fence along your entire fence line, taking care space them evenly from beginning to end. Cover the area with weed control fabric to help keep pesky gardening maintenance at bay. You’ll probably want to cut some holes in the fabric to allow the plants to grow. Cover the fabric with a good amount of mulch.

Dig a path around the outer edge of the of the flowerbed, and lay stone edgers from end to end, taking care to tuck the weed control fabric under each brick as you move along. Once the edgers are laid, you may find that you have even more room to add color. If you want to fill in the gaps with additional plant-inspired creativity, take a step back, and think about what you want your final project to look like. You could sporadically place a few prickly pear cactuses to add bright flair to your southwestern yard, or sprinkle in some salvia plants for a fuller experience.

Yin Yang Yard Serenity

Take your landscape design to flowy new levels with two-different colors of stones. Create a yin yang garden by choosing two different shades of stones that complement and offset each other at the same time. Create fluidity by separating the two colors with a ridge of rocks that define each color’s specific space. As an added bonus, you can add a few Arizona-friendly plants into your rock gardens, and you still won’t need to worry about using an excessive amount of water. Rock gardens take care of themselves and require virtually no additional maintenance once they’re in place.

For more stunning landscaping ideas, be sure to check out our Evergreen Turf Sod Blog!

History of Sod – Sod Houses

Friday, December 16th, 2016

When people think back on the olden days, everybody pictures the log cabins that appear as part of America’s history in some of the oldest photos available. While it’s true that trees did serve as the home retreat for many settlers during our country’s infancy, another of Mother Nature’s materials was also widely used among pioneer families to make homes: Sod.

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Bark and branches were fantastic when they were available, but not every part of our country had access to ample amounts of trees. In fact, there were areas where people could go for miles upon miles without spotting a single tree. As settlers traveled across the plains and prairies of the central and western United States, they were forced to get a bit more creative with their natural resources. In these barren lands where the idea of forests was purely fictional, homesteaders turned to the ground beneath their feet to build roofs over their heads.

How Sod Homes Were Made

It all started with the strong, intricate root systems of plains grass. Holding the earth beneath them in their tight, compact grip, the roots served as a starting point for what would later become sod bricks. When the earth was soft and moist, particularly after a good rain in the summer or a spring thaw of melting snow, settlers would use ox-drawn sod cutters to plow the land and break up the earth. These sod cutters were particularly designed to cut the clumps of dirt into long and narrow pieces. From this point, the settlers used axes to chop the strips into brick-sized pieces. Just as you would expect, these sod bricks were then stacked vertically, one by one, side by side, forming the walls of settlers’ sod homes.

Once the walls were constructed, the structures were usually topped with roofs made from interlaced twigs, hay, thin branches, or other readily-available natural resources. The final touch often included another layer of sod atop the twigs and branches as a finishing touch. It wasn’t uncommon to see sod homes built into the sides of hills or banks. This saves the settlers time and energy, as they could dig away the earth at the side of the incline, using the dug-outs to serve as portions of the homes’ walls and roofs.

Why Sod Homes Worked

For starters, any shelter is better than no shelter at all. Prairie grass and the surrounding sod was readily available in certain parts of the country, and it served its purpose in providing walls and a roof to those who needed them. Because sod was available in ample supply, these houses were cheap to make. Their earthen construction also worked well in accordance with seasonal temperature changes; they were often warm in the winter, and they usually stayed cool in the summer months.

Why Sod Homes Didn’t Work

Alas, you’re not likely to look around and see tons of sod homes as you’re driving to and from work these days. As it turns out, sod homes had some significant deficits, despite doing their best to keep settlers warm, safe, and dry. Of course, being that these homes were made completely of grass and dirt, snakes, mice, and other critters saw no problem calling these houses their homes. Rattlesnakes were known to move in and become unwelcome roommates, and there wasn’t much the settlers could do about it.

These earthen structures were also susceptible to the elements. Leaky roofs were quite common, if not completely expected. Once water found its way into the homes, the dirt floors became muddy messes. Naturally, the sod that comprised the roofs, when wet, became quite heavy as well. Collapses and cave-ins were common in the days after big rains, as the layers of earth took days to dry out, and the structures weren’t often sturdy enough to withstand the heavy sod tops.

All in all, sod homes did their duties until something better was able to be built. Although they certainly weren’t meant to last for lifetimes, America’s early settlers learned to love sod in their own rights and rely on this great material that our Arizona Turf team prides itself on today.

Did our story about sod houses and settlers teach you something new about our country’s history? We’d love to hear your thoughts at our Evergreen Turf Facebook page!

Top 3 Organic Fertilizers for Sod

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Gone are the days of using traditional fertilizer to take care of your sod. Not only can it be costly, fertilizer can actually do more harm than good—to both grasses and the animals that walk on it. Go the eco-friendly route with these top three organic fertilizers for your Arizona sod lawn.

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First, it’s important to know that compost—whether homemade or bagged—is what nourishes your soil whereas fertilizer is what feeds your plants. To maintain a healthy lawn, spread compost two to three times per year. Making your own compost pile is easy…

  • Use a large bin in order to retain moisture and heat. Compost bins are classified as being either stationary or rotational.
  • Compost materials must be turned in order to provide the oxygen required to break down the contents.
  • Understand the compost bin you choose should be dependent upon the plant matter you plan to contribute along with your intended time frame for usage.
  • Compost piles should be a mix of green and brown matter. Brown material can be tiny bits of shredded paper, dry leaves, and coffee grounds while green can consist of fruit and vegetable peels. Aim for a 1:1 ratio of green and brown.
  • You’ll know when the compost is ready for use when it resembles natural soil. It should be dark and crumbly. When you’re ready to use it—
    • Spread it across your lawn and rake it in evenly to create a thin layer no thicker than a quarter inch. If it’s clearly visible or appears to be sitting atop the blades, you’ve used too much.
    • Water for 15-20 minutes and adhere to your normal watering schedule for one week. Do not mow your lawn during this time—let the sod absorb the nutrients from the compost.

If a compost pile sounds like too much work, use composted cow manure. Like fertilizer, manure can burn the lawn if it’s not thoroughly composted so be careful. Heed the following tips to make sure it’s done correctly:

  • Make sure it’s is dry as there is a high concentration of methane gas in the wet stuff—a surefire way to kill your lawn.
  • Collect your supplies: manure, gloves, shovel, bucket, rake, fertilizer spreader and hose with spray attachment.
  • Break up large chunks of manure with the rake or your hands and shovel contents into a bucket.
  • Pour the manure into the fertilizer spreader and spray it evenly over your sod. It helps to walk in a straight line up and down the lawn.
  • Soak the lawn to ensure the cow manure seeps into the roots of your sod grass and keep off! That means foot traffic from humans and pets.
  • Repeat process monthly for optimal results.

Visit your local home garden center and purchase an organic fertilizer.

  • Top brands include Milorganite, Safer Brand, and Bradfield Organics.
  • Fertilizing schedules depend upon your specific sod type, so be sure to follow the recommendations you researched or received from your sod installation professional. In general, you should follow your lawn’s normal water and mow schedule, making sure to leave the grass trimmings in the yard to decompose.
  • When it comes time to fertilize, choose a slow release organic product and be sure not to overfeed. Follow the instructions on the bag. As a rule of thumb, fertilization should take place in early fall and in the spring.

Organic fertilizing may seem arduous, but the payoff for being environmentally conscious is greater than you might expect. Feed your lawn the nutrients it needs to reap the benefits of beauty and sustainability in your yard.

Contact us today if you need sod in Arizona.

How to Incorporate Sports Areas in Your Yard

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Does your family love playing outdoor sports like soccer, baseball, football, and basketball? Whether you just toss the ball around for a little friendly family bonding, or your household athletes really need a place they can integrate into part of their training camp routines, why not make the most of your yard by putting some sporty style into your landscaping?

How to Incorporate Sports Areas in Your Yard

Here are a few ways you can integrate the sporty side of life into the design of your very own lawn:

  • Make a Soccer Field. If your lawn is abundant in acreage, and you have the space, a well-groomed soccer field can be an amazing addition to your landscaping efforts.  With the help of professional sod experts, you can choose a great grass that’s built for rough-and-tumble trampling, which will still come out on top when the final goal is scored.  Goal nets on both ends and beautiful striped sod between them will create a spectacular soccer field that any athlete would be proud to call his or her home turf.

Related: Check out our sod installation photos from The University of Arizona’s Soccer Field.

  • Build a Baseball Field. Ah, yes!  America’s pastime!  No kid’s childhood is complete if they don’t spend a little time with a ball and bat.  You may have little leaguers who do their best just to keep their helmets on during batting practice, or perhaps you’ve got a high school baseball star who’s ready to make a name for himself with a full ride to college.  In any case, a backyard play area, complete with a baseball field, offers your friends and family a great way to get out and play.

A backyard baseball field isn’t exactly the same sandlot that generations before explored when they needed a place to toss the ball around.  In fact, it’s much better.  You’ll still have all four bases, but the beautiful diamond that connects them together will be on your own private property.  What a great way to celebrate holidays like Labor Day and the 4th of July when family and friends are all around!

  • Set Up a Trampoline. There’s plenty of fun to be had when kids and adults alike spend hours jumping up and down like a happy bag of popcorn.  If you’re concerned about safety, opt for an in-ground installation so your jumpers aren’t sailing high into the sky whey go on their gravity-defying adventures.  An in-ground trampoline can be the perfect focal point for some surrounding landscaping that will be Pinterest-worthy before you know it!
  • Put Up a Basketball Hoop. A basketball hoop is the classic way to embrace outdoor sports without leaving your own yard.  These days, you have plenty of options.  Mount a backboard over your garage for a space-saving installation.  If you’re interested in a free-standing set of hoops, take a second to browse the internet so you can see what’s out there.  There are plenty of styles, levels of quality, and price ranges that will fit anyone’s needs.
  • Paint a Football Field. When summer begins to sizzle away and fall settles in for the next few months, football fever begins to take over.  Paint a football field on your lawn for a day of fun with friends and family.  Don’t forget to grab some hotdogs and heat up the grill for a full fall-time festivity!

You don’t have to head to a professional arena to enjoy a good game.  You don’t even have to head to the local park.  With a little ingenuity, your property is the perfect place to play all sorts of sports.  Once your yard is the go-to place for parties, you can charge an entry fee to your friends!

Contact us if you need sod in Arizona. Need help? Talk to one of our sod specialists. Call: 602-626-9959

What To Do When Sod Will Not Grow

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

As an Arizonan, you know adequate sunlight isn’t usually a problem for your outdoor plants. High temperatures and consistent seasonal weather make caring for Arizona sod grass fairly easy. However, if you have a multi-story home or large structure such as a covered patio or shed, your lawn may not be getting the sunlight it needs. To ensure your yard stays guest-ready at all times, ditch the trouble spots in favor of decorative alternatives.

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Stepping Stones

One of the most common causes of a spotty lawn is lack of sunlight as a result of too much shade from trees or the home itself. Pave the perimeter of your backyard with stepping stones and fill the gaps with small rocks. As an added bonus, you can train your pets to use that area for urination—another common cause of dead sod patches.

Outdoor Furniture

When grass just won’t grow where you need it to, turn the area into a place of entertainment. Not only will you encourage foot traffic in the right places (read—off your beautiful lawn), you’ll have a relaxing space in which to eat, chat, and unwind after a long day. Consider buying a picnic table and chairs or scouring yard sales for a hammock.

Water Features

Add a touch of zen to your yard with a water fountain or koi pond. Have a pool? Line the shaded side of your home with stones and install an outdoor shower head for rinsing off chlorine. Whichever water feature you choose is guaranteed to look far better than a patch of unnourished sod. It may even inspire you to redecorate other areas of the yard for a polished look.

Trees, shrubs, or cacti

If you have a particularly large area of shade, create a border with decorative bricks and add shade-tolerant and/or drought-tolerant plants to the space. You don’t have to fill the area entirely—simply install rocks between plant life. A succulent garden is an excellent addition to any desert landscape and won’t require much maintenance.

Home gym

Turn your shady spots into an outdoor exercise area with rubber pavers. Take advantage of the fresh air and use the space for a weight bench or squat rack. Don’t want to invest in expensive hardware? Buy a cheap storage chest and stock it with things like a jump rope, set of dumbbells, kettle bell, yoga mat, and football or volleyball for an impromptu game.

Fire pit

Whether you build it or buy it, an outdoor fire pit adds romantic ambience to your yard for those nights you want to bundle up with your significant other. Perfect for shaded corners, a fire pit with chairs formed in a semi-circle can give the impression you never intended for grass to be there in the first place. Check out our article with some Backyard Fire Pit Ideas to get you started.

Rocks, rocks, rocks

If all else fails, install decomposed granite, river rock, pea gravel, or woodchips in the entire area. Rocks are a low-maintenance option that allows for a defined focal point and little maintenance (namely weed growth and debris collection). Determine your budget upfront and shop by square footage as you’ll have no shortage of styles from which to choose.

Everyone loves a lush grassy lawn, but you may have to accept that parts of your yard are not meant for grass. Use these ideas to turn those areas into a beautiful space that complements the remainder of your sod lawn.

Contact us if you need sod in Phoenix, Tucson and surrounding areas of Arizona. You can call us at 602.626.9959, email us at info@evergreenturf.com, or check out our Facebook page today.

Arizona Backyard Ideas on a Budget – 2016 Edition

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Being a homeowner is part of the American Dream, but the frequent cost of basic home repairs often makes the idea of making over your home or property seem like a dream in and of itself.

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If you’ve caught yourself staring at your backyard, wishing you could give it a makeover without doing serious damage to your savings and credit debt, here are some excellent Arizona backyard ideas on a budget!

Prepare Yourself.

Even the craftiest of DIYers can feel frustrated with their projects at times.  Before you set out on your backyard remodel adventure, set realistic expectations.  You’re going to need some paint, some patients, and some parts.  Bargain-hunt for items at close-out sales and thrift stores, and be sure to scour the internet for interesting ideas that can help you repurpose things you already have laying around.

Choose Your Inspiration Piece.

Maybe it’s a fire pit or a homemade gazebo.  Maybe it’s an intricately-painted pot that you picked up at a thrift store, or perhaps it’s the tree swing you put up for your kiddos.  No matter what your inspiration point, pick a focal feature, and build your budget-friendly backyard around that element.

Take Your Indoor Living Space Outside.

Arizona is the perfect place to build an outside living space that’s just as great as the living room you enjoy inside your home.  Even if you’re hibernating in the air conditioning when the summer sun is out, you can still take advantage of the fresh outdoor air when the evening arrives!

Pinterest is filled with pretty phenomenal ways to reuse unconventional items and turn them into works of backyard living space art.  These are a few of our favorites:

Get Outdoor Rugs.

Outdoor rugs are another way to bring the comfort of the inside out.  Placing outdoor rugs on the hard surfaces of your outdoor spaces, such as your patio, balcony, or gazebo, bring a certain warmth and inviting appeal that can’t be achieved otherwise.

If your outdoor rugs are too boring for your particular taste, get creative.  Paint, stencils, plants, and lighting can enhance the overall effect of your outdoor rugs.

Paint Inexpensive Pots.

Go crazy at local thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales.  Look online for sales and giveaways involving inexpensive pots.  You can paint these pots, and make them interesting conversation pieces for your backyard.  Use them as storage containers, plant flowers, fruits, and veggies in them, or use them to hold candles so your evenings are illuminated with your beautiful DIY accessories.

Install a Shed Office.

A little extra space can go a really long way.  If you’re feeling confined in your home and need a space to which you can escape, consider installing an office shed out back.  This can give you some much-needed respite from rowdy kids and too much company when you’re trying to get some work done or have a little me-time.

Using an old door as a desk and some corkboards and quirky art to make the inside organized with your own unique style, your shed office will be a place where efficiency and peace-of-mind come together without ever requiring you to flee the comfort of your own property.

Looking for more ideas?  Check out our first edition of Arizona Backyard Ideas on a Budget!  Do you have #BackyardBudgetIdeas?  Share them on our Facebook page.