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[Total: 0    Average: 0/5] You must sign in to vote Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada heads to Phoenix to recreate the desert in a homeowner’s front yard. Click here to SUBSCRIBE to the official This Old House YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=thisoldhouse Time: 1 day Cost: ,000 and Up Skill Level: Moderate Tools List for Creating a Desert Landscape: Shovel Wheelbarrow Hand truck Level Compacter Shopping List: Soil Boulders Variety of desert plants Cardboard ¼” stone Modular pavers Steps: 1. Dig out the outline of a walkway about 3’ wide and 3-4” deep. Give the outline a slight curve to add visual interest to the walkway. 2. To mimic the hills of the desert, shovel piles of soil onto the landscape into seemingly random mounds. 3. Determine a few locations to place boulders in the landscape. Dig holes in those locations about 4” deep and roughly the width of the boulder being placed. 4. Carefully load each boulder onto a hand truck, wheel it into position, and roll the boulder into its final place. Backfill around the hole to make it look like it really belongs there. 5. Stage the variety of desert plants across the landscape. Things aren’t really clumped together in the desert, so keep the plants spread out. Be mindful of when plants bloom, if ever, to have an even spread of color across the landscape. 6. Once each plant is in its desired position, plant them all with the shovel. Dig down just about as deep as the root ball and twice as wide. 7. To plant cacti, wrap a piece of cardboard around the needles and move the cactus only by holding onto the cardboard. 8. Give everything a good watering. 9. Put down a layer of ¼” stone on the outlined walkway […]

20 Comments

  • ’e-ḇen 3 months ago

    This is my one step process of creating a desert landscape. I have studied and researched this topic for tens of seconds. After many partial minutes of thought, I have distilled my method into a single rule:

    Step 1: Stop watering

  • Aaron Andrews 3 months ago

    Isn't concrete a natural material? What is she talking about?

  • Gravity 3 months ago

    keep breathing that dust

  • kayla lewis 3 months ago

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  • jean tsai 3 months ago

    Did roger stop because of his back ?

  • Lord baal 3 months ago

    Those pavers look like they have a rounded over top. Which won't be good for a wheel chair. You should have used flat pavers. Space aren't even between them. Some are bigger then other.
    If you have someone in a wheelchair. You should have just poured cement. It's safer that way.

  • Mayank Prasad 3 months ago

    Look's TRASH

  • CALife 3 months ago

    I'm not a professional landscaper but even I did a way better job designing a cactus garden for my front yard.

  • FastLikeUNO 3 months ago

    How do people live in a dust bowl oven??????

  • Thor Dehr 3 months ago

    I do this in LA by just turning off the sprinklers. It's all brown and dusty within a week.

  • الياباني japan Japanese 3 months ago

    Beautiful women

  • SeanBZA 3 months ago

    Bougainvillea by me was in the way of the plumber. they were nervous, as they did not want to damage plants on private property, but I told them to just go ahead and chop it as much as they needed to fix the burst pipe. 3 months later and it is just as good as before, the trimming down to the roots in that section is not visible at all, and it filled up the big gap within weeks. Another, around 20 years wild, was trimmed down to ground level completely last year, now is peeking above the wall again. Was a good vanload of branches from that one, totally ignored, only natural watering from rain and growing in the poorest soil imaginable. Then again, I live in a coastal area, no shortage of rain all year round

  • Amedeus 3 months ago

    …can I do this landscape in Alaska?

  • Kristina 3 months ago

    I have a question, if there is weed barrier under the rocks and you opened up a hole for the new plants, how is the ground cover going to grow and the yucca going to grow babies. Won't the weed barrier prevent them from really taking root?

  • GreenAppelPie 3 months ago

    Don’t water the lawn and boom your done,

  • Richard Kaz 3 months ago

    Simple, just never water them.

  • Max Cooperman 3 months ago

    "This plant is blocking the window and creating a security risk"
    Proceeds to put a tree right in front of said window
    Great job guys

  • Thomas 3 months ago

    No swales to capture and absorb scarce rain water or over story under story. This design is far better than trying to water a lawn in the desert, but is really lacking in utilizing critical available natural resources.

  • Michael Davis 3 months ago

    Let’s destroy the only beautiful green plant with flowers in the yard .

  • ncooty 3 months ago

    Anyone interested in arid landscape design should look up Brad Lancaster. His books on harvesting rainwater are fantastic.

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