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Desert Landscaping

When you think of a desert, certain elements come to mind: cacti, dirt, tumbleweeds, dirt, wind, heat, dirt and of course lush flourishing gardens, right? Well this isn't as preposterous as it seems.

It is possible to have a lush tranquil desert landscaping scheme if you have the right information and the patience to know that you won't necessarily see results in the first day.

The key to a great desert landscape is efficiency. Each drop of water provided to your landscape must be used to its fullest potential, otherwise it will evaporate as fast as your dreams of having a beautiful desert landscape. Here are some essential tips that will help you conquer the harsh desert elements and create an oasis for your own personal enjoyment.

Soil
Desert soil is by far the toughest challenge you will face in your quest for a desert landscape. Desert soil is tough, often alkaline with toxic levels of salinity. These combinations of factors make gardening in the desert almost impossible. Combine this with the heat of the sun and you've got a real challenge.

The key to getting great soil is lots of mulching, sporadic shading and soil additives. All of these aids will help your soil drain and retain water. It may seem a little artificial, but after all you are trying to landscape the near impossible.

Wind
Few people realize that wind can be almost as harmful as heat when trying to create a desert landscape. In this beginning you will probably see your beautiful landscape tarnished and blown across your backyard several times before you have success. This is an unfortunate, but necessary step. You need to give you garden time to anchor itself to the ground and begin the transformation of the soil.

You can help this process move a little faster by using ground covers, fences and gravel.

Heat
The devastating temperatures of the desert can be just as harmful to your desert landscape as the dryness and wind. With temperatures reaching as high as 120 degrees Celsius. The key to beating the heat is proper plant selection. You are going to want to choose plants that are from warmer climates. Considering most of the world is hot, this gives you plenty of choice.

You'll also want to make sure that these plants have roots that press deep into the ground. It is often the roots that suffer the most in the heat, and hey, no roots, no plants, no garden and no desert landscape.

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