Living in the Valley of the Sun can make it difficult to grow and maintain a luscious yard. The relentless heat of the summer sun and cold winter nights can really limit the quality of yard that you may like. If you are looking for some options that require far less maintenance and water to maintain but still look incredibly nice, maybe you should consider going grassless. Many residents have now converted their yards to grassless in order to cut down on cost and the energy spent to try to keep it green. There are some really unique options that homeowners can use to make your yard a centerpiece of attention, even without the nice green grass. Whether you are looking to cut out lawn care altogether or to reduce your landscape maintenance, here are some guidelines to keep in mind when designing your new yard.

Utilizing the desert for your landscaping tends to make the most sense. Instead of trying to fight Mother Nature and grow grass where it can be extremely difficult, try incorporating the natural aspects of the desert into your landscaping. Even the desert has some very visually stunning plants and vegetation that can add a very unique perspective to your landscaping. Whatever you decide to do for your yard, just remember the three aspects of landscaping: color, shape, and scale.

In desert climates, the majority of colors tend to be browns, tans, and other earthy tones but there are some very striking flowering and green plants that can be added to your yard. Aloe and ice plants can come in a variety of colors like reds and yellows and can really make your yard come to life. Another great plant with flowering color that should be utilized is the Mexican poppy. Just take a stroll through your local landscaping supplier and you’ll see numerous of plants that can add color. It does not take much color to stand out against a natural desert backdrop.

Sharp edges in your landscaping have a place and should be used sparingly; create levels to your landscaping by incorporating soft edges of grasses such as Bouteloua curtipendula. You don’t want cacti sticking out like sore thumbs against a flat, rocky yard. Be mindful of adding edges and lines of your landscaping, complimenting and contrasting shapes and lines can really make your landscaping pop. If you choose to incorporate some paths or walkways, line them with bigger boulders to create clear separation and lines. Shape also includes pruning, so keep your trees and shrubs cleaned up to promote healthy growing and better looks.

Scale should always be a concern when approaching your landscaping as it can really impact the design of your yard, but also how your home looks. Adding different heights and sizes of features to your landscaping is especially important for creating a balanced and well-put together yard. Creating accent or focal points in your yard can draw the attention and allow you to use scale to your advantage. For example, a ring of shrubs or low grasses around a taller plant or desert grass adds height and dimensions to your landscaping. Having a few taller trees around your home can also add to making your home appear larger. Scale is the key to balance in your landscaping.

If you really like the look of a green yard, you can also install natural looking field turf. You will enjoy the best of both worlds this way, minimal maintenance with the aesthetically pleasing appeal of green grass.

Just because you want to explore landscaping ideas that do not include grass, doesn’t mean that all creativity and expression have to go out the window. For more information on your landscaping options, talk to the professionals at Advantage Lawn Care and get a free quote today at