Install Artificial Grass in Your Phoenix, AZ Home’s Yard

Artificial turf was first used in the sporting world in order to help reduce the costs related to constantly maintaining natural grass. Not to mention that artificial grass is able to withstand the heavy use that sports routinely require. As you can imagine, homeowners across the nation began to become savvy of the time and cost savings that artificial grass and turf can provide. If maintaining yard and lawn were easy, we wouldn’t have been in business for the last 30 years!

Artificial grass has come a long way since the Astrodome fifty-years ago. Modern “third generation turf” now offers infill that are mixtures of sand and recycled rubber while the first generation turf was short-pile fibers without infill. Long story short, the first generation turf didn’t look or feel as good as modern artificial grass today.

Here are some examples of artificial grass and turf installations from the Phoenix, AZ area by Goodman’s Landscape.

artificial grass in backyard

Artificial Grass in Backyard

artificial putting green

Artificial Putting Green in Backyard

artificial turf in backyard

Artificial Grass Next to Pavers

phoenix, az artificial grass installation

Backyard Artificial Turf

putting green install phoenix, az

Desert Landscape with Artificial Grass and Turf

large artificial grass installation

Large Putting Green Installation

artificial grass and water feature

Artificial Putting Green with Water Feature

pet friendly artificial grass and turf

Pet Friendly Artificial Grass and Turf

Like anything else, there are both advantages and disadvantages to installing artificial turf over natural grass in Phoenix, AZ that every homeowner should consider before hiring a licensed, bonded, and insured artificial turf installer for their home.

Some pros of having artificial grass include: lower maintenance costs, saving time (no longer spend time mowing the lawn), pesticide-free, increased durability, and it saves water. Some cons of artificial grass in Phoenix, AZ include: the ground can get very hot because artificial turf absorbs heat, bacteria can breed, and once you install artificial grass it is hard to switch back to natural grass.

As always, we are here to help. Please contact us if you need a licensed, bonded, and insured landscaping company in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Phoenix, and Glendale to help you install artificial grass in your front or backyard.

 

Enjoy the Phoenix, Arizona Summer with a Custom Outdoor Kitchen and BBQ!

It will be summer in Phoenix before we know it. In Arizona, summer is the time of the year where people gather in backyards for barbecues and pool parties. Adding a custom outdoor kitchen and BBQ to your backyard is a great way to increase your home’s value and enhance the experience of entertaining your friends and family. No matter what size your backyard is, small or large; we have the experience to build the perfect entertainment area for your home.

We have been building custom outdoor kitchens and barbecues for Phoenix, Arizona residents since 1984, so we have quite a few examples available to look at. Check out a few of them below, but remember that we can build anything that your imagination can think of, so just ask and we can provide you with an estimate for your dream outdoor kitchen and BBQ.

Outdoor BBQ with small refrigerator
Let your patio provide the shade for your BBQ.
Small outdoor barbecue

Outdoor barbecue with sunshade and light
You don’t need to put your BBQ underneath your patio.
outdoor bbq with umbrella

Natural stone BBQ with large fireplace
Heat up with an adjacent fireplace when it gets chilly at night.
stone bbq with fireplace

Patio BBQ with tall bar
Have your friends and family relax while you fire up your new backyard grill.
custom patio bbq with fridge

Stainless steal Barbeque with natural stone and refrigerator
Pavers and blue title make this BBQ really stand out.
natural stone custom barbecue

Outdoor kitchen with stools, bench, and sink
Turn your backyard into the ultimate entertainment center.
outdoor kitchen with high table

Outdoor kitchen with title and stone
Large outdoor kitchen with everything you need to prepare a gourmet meal.

custom outdoor kitchen with faucet

Free standing custom outdoor kitchen
Enough room to prepare everything you need for the perfect BBQ.
large custom outdoor bbq

Storage and side burner outdoor BBQ and Kitchen area
Do you really need anything else? Two mini refrigerators stocked with refreshments and food.
large custom outdoor kitchen and bbq

 

How to pick the right setup for your home’s backyard

When we talk to homeowners in Arizona, they tend to ask similar questions. One of those questions is, “How do we pick the right BBQ or outdoor kitchen for us?” Well, every person’s expectations and backyards are unique. To find out what would work best for a particular homeowner, we first need to understand what the homeowners want to get out of the area. Do they entertain people often or do they rarely go in their backyard? How often do they grill right now? Depending on what those answers are, we can usually get a good understanding of what would be best for them. Sometimes a BBQ or outdoor kitchen is what they thought they wanted, but end up going with a water feature/fountain or fire pit instead.

How to you reduce the cost of a custom BBQ or kitchen

Just like anything else, we could design and install the most expensive BBQ/kitchen you could dream of. The final cost of your BBQ or outdoor kitchen will depend on cost of materials and how much time it takes to build. If you are trying to save money (who isn’t?!), then we would suggest choosing cheaper alternatives than really expensive materials. The cost of the stainless BBQ alone can easily be in the thousands. Don’t worry if you aren’t a BBQ master yet, our team can help you pick the perfect BBQ for your level of expertise and budget.

Secondly, we wouldn’t suggest adding certain accessories unless you know that you are going to use them. Eliminating unnecessary accessories can help reduce costs, which makes your investment less expensive.

For whatever type of outdoor BBQ or kitchen you are looking for, we can help you out. We would love to learn more about what you are looking to do with your backyard. We proudly provide landscape design in Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale, and more. Please contact us today to see if your home is within our landscape design service area! We look forward to earning your business.

Top 5 Landscape Lighting Issues for Arizona Homeowners

Adding outdoor lighting is a great way to make a well-designed landscape stand out even more. Not over doing landscape lighting is important because having too much lighting can be quite distracting. Highlighting only the right areas is all you need to really make your yard shine. When you add landscape lighting to any property, there will be added maintenance that is needed each year in order to keep it looking and working as nice as it did the day it was installed.

In no particular order, below is a list of the top 5 landscape lighting issues that Arizona homeowners we provide landscape maintenance for face each year.

1) Broken Landscape Lighting Bulb – Just like with your light bulbs in your home, the bulbs for your landscape lighting will last a certain number of hours. The longer the bulb is certified to last, the more expensive it typically will be.
broken landscape lighting bulb

2) Missing or Broken Light Fixture Cap – There are a variety of light fixtures available for landscape lighting. As time goes on, there is a high probability that a few of your fixtures may break, so having a couple of extras in storage is a great idea when you can’t find that hard to find part 5 years later.
MIssing light fixture cap

3) Lighting Transformer Meltdown – As landscape lighting transformers get older, they sometimes tend to be prone to melting in the Arizona heat. It is always a good idea to hire someone with the experience to handle these types of repairs.
Melted lighting transformer

4) Broken Well Lighting Fixture – Well lighting fixtures are great to put behind or in front of a tree because they are easy to angle. However, sometimes, rocks, and other things get stuck in them pretty much making them useless. It is best to take them out of the ground and take it a part to clear everything out.
Broken well light fixture

5) Deteriorated or Melted Landscaping Wire – Landscape lighting wire exposed to the Arizona elements can sometimes melt or simply deteriorate. Replace the wire with new wire and your lighting system should be back to working condition.
landscape lighting wire melted

If you run into any problems with your home’s landscape lighting or you are interested in getting an estimate on adding landscape lighting to your yard, don’t hesitate to give Goodman’s a call. We are here to help. We provide landscape services in Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale, Paradise Valley, and surrounding areas.

Top 17 Irrigation Problems Arizona Residents Face Each Year

As a full-service landscaping company in Phoenix, Arizona, we deal with all types of issues with our customer’s irrigation systems. We have an experienced staff that specializes in irrigation repair, so we get the job done right, the first time. Dealing with an irrigation expert like Goodman’s will help you save money in the long run because we don’t take short cuts when it comes to quality parts and our work. With our irrigation services, you know that your irrigation system will last the test of time.

Irrigation systems can be nice for Arizona residents because watering trees, plants, and a lawn with the right amount of water at the right time of day can be a challenge. The right amount of water depends on the type of plants you have. Making sure that you provide your plants with the correct quantity and frequency of water will help make sure your landscape stays beautiful. If your irrigation system isn’t working properly, then your plants aren’t going to last in the Arizona summer heat. Unfortunately, irrigation systems can sometimes be complex, so the typical homeowner could have difficulty troubleshooting problems themselves. In no particular order, check out the top 17 problems Arizona residents face each year with their irrigation systems. All of the pictures below are from irrigation problems that Goodman’s have corrected for our customers over the years.

1) Small leak in poly water line – leaks in poly water lines are fairly common, especially as your irrigation system ages. The picture below shows a line that is leaking underneath a palm tree, which makes it a bit more difficult to fix.
Small leak in Poly water line

2) Irrigation valve malfunction – depending on how long your irrigation valve is open and the amount of water that leaks, it could add quite a bit of money to your next water bill.
Irrigation valve malfunction

3) PVC pipe leaking – repairing a leak by patching it instead of replacing the pipe is the easier thing to do, but we recommend replacing the entire pipe so you don’t run into the same problem again down the road.
PVC Pipe leak

4) Broken sprinkler head – sprinkler heads can break because of a variety of reasons. The most common reasons are dogs, lawn mowers, people, and tree roots. Replace each sprinkler head as they break or you might find that your entire yard is full of broken sprinkler heads. Don’t worry, you can always call us, the sprinkler system repair experts to schedule an appointment.
Broken sprinkler head by roots

5) Old or deteriorated poly water line – As your system ages, make sure to inspect all of your lines for cracks and leaks. This will help prevent you running into a larger problem in the future.
Old poly water line

6) Tree roots pinching poly water line – this causes leaks and other nasty problems with your irrigation system. Running new lines to replace these are recommended.
Roots pinching poly water line

7) Old and deteriorated above grade valves – Inspecting your irrigation valves each year is recommended. If your system is quite old, it is probably time to change them instead of trying to repair them.
deteriorated above grade valves

8) Improper PVC pipe leak repair – this is an example of someone trying to repair a leak in a PVC pipe instead of replacing the entire pipe. Needless to say, their attempt didn’t work and the PVC pipe still had a slow leak.
Improper PVC repair

9) Broken irrigation timer module – the irrigation timer is the brain of your irrigation system so it needs to be maintained properly. If you have a broken timer, you have a broken system and you will need to replace the timer module.
Broken irrigation timer module

10) Valve box filled with water – making sure that you don’t have leaks in your valve box will help increase the life span of your entire irrigation system.
5-Valve-Box-Filled-With-Water-&-Debris

11) Broken lawn head because of roots – here is an example of a broken lawn head because of impeding tree roots. You need to first eliminate the tree roots and then replace or repair the lawn head.
broken lawn head because of roots

12) Broken valve diaphragm – rocks, pebbles, and other debris can get damage or break your valve diaphragms. Cleaning them out usually will fix the problem.
Broken Valve Diaphram

13) Debris in irrigation line – pebbles, rocks, and other debris can get into your irrigation line, which can cause flooding, and more. Cleaning them out regularly will help prevent any unwanted problems.
Debris in Irrigation Line

14) Clogged drip line – If your system isn’t running properly in certain areas, your lines might be clogged.
Clogged drip line

15) Debris clogging Y filter – Regularly cleaning out your Y filter will help maintain your irrigation system.
Debris clogging Y filter

16) Poorly installed irrigation component – There are quite a bit of examples of how-not-to install various irrigation components. This customer didn’t like how the vacuum breaker could be seen through the house’s window.
Poorly installed pressure vacuum breaker

17) Fungi growing in and on irrigation valves – this can happen when an irrigation system is neglected and not properly maintained each year.
Fungi growing on irrigation valves

Goodman’s Landscape is here to help!

Just like you take your car into a mechanic to get regular maintenance services, we recommend that you have a licensed irrigation expert inspect your irrigation system on a yearly basis to help prevent all of the irrigation problems above. It is better to catch the small problems and correct them right away before they turn into bigger problems later.

There is a wide range of irrigation systems available in today’s market and there is also plenty of ways to install them incorrectly. We are here to help. Give us a call to learn more about why Goodman’s Landscape Maintenance, LLC. has been a leading provider of irrigation system install and repair in Phoenix, AZ since 1984!

Palm Tree Pruning and Trimming in Phoenix, AZ

Palm trees are common in Phoenix, Arizona because they are beautiful and they grow well in our climate. There are over 2,000 palm tree species around the world (that are known). However, in Arizona we usually see only around 18 of them.

One draw back to having Palm Trees in your yard is the maintenance that they require in order to keep them healthy and looking beautiful. As you probably know, palm trees can easily get out of control when they are neglected. Their dead leaves begin to form a “skirt” that most homeowners find unattractive. Depending on what kind of palm tree you have in your yard will determine how difficult and how much maintenance they will require. Some palm trees can grow up to 100 feet tall, so we do not recommend that you try and trim them yourselves. As you can see in the before and after picture below, our professional palm tree trimming staff is able to help you with those really high palm trees that are out of reach for homeowners.Palm Tree Trimming Before and After

Below is another palm tree pruning before and after picture by the Goodman’s professional team. Although this palm tree is not as tall as the ones in the picture above, it is still tricky to trim because it is just high enough that a typical latter won’t be able to reach. Note: If you are trimming palm trees yourself, it is important to have gloves, safety goggles, and a helmet to protect your self from the spikes and falling debris (it gets quite messy).

Palm Tree Pruning Before and After

If you don’t plan on cutting the palm trees yourself, make sure that you hire a landscaping company that has the knowledge and expertise to trim your palm trees correctly. Palm trees that are pruned too often or improperly could lead to a reduce in their vigor, transmit diseases harmful to the tree, reduce the overall health, affect cold hardiness, and lower the ability for the tree to handle high winds in storms.

The next time you need your palm trees trimmed in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and surrounding areas please contact us to get a free estimate. There is no palm tree too high for us to climb. We look forward to hearing from you and earning your business.

December Plant and Critter of the Month

Plant of the Month – Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera bridgessil)

Christmas Cactus bloomingThis tropical hybrid traces it’s heritage back to the coastal regions of Brazil, where it’s parent’s are found growing between large tree limbs or in steep rock crevices that have collected debris.

Available in a wide variety of colors they come in red, purple, orange, pink, fuschia, cream as well as other colors.

Christmas Cactus FlowerThis plant requires indirect light (direct light will harm the plant), well drained soil and humidity to thrive. For the best results, place it where it will receive indirect light, but no light during the night (not even artificial light). Select a spot that meets its needs, and it will reward you for years to come!

planter bucketProper potting is similar to Orchids. The inner basket should be a type that allows the soil to absorb water from all sides (as pictured to the left) and allow for excellent drainage. The outer pot should be water tight, and allow some space around the inner pot. Put about 1 inch or more gravel or rock at the bottom of the outer pot so that the inner basket is not sitting directly on the bottom of the outer pot. To generate humidity, add water to about 1/2 the depth of the rock in the outer pot periodically. Use your finger to guage your watering schedule. If the top 1 inch of soil is dry, it’s time to water again. Do not water from the top, remove the inner pot and soak the plant so water absorbs evenly through soil.

In the right environment this tropical beauty can flower several times a year, but the key to getting it to bloom during the holiday season is to water less frequently. Also make sure it gets at least 12 hours of darkness (that means no natural or artificial light), and locate it in coolest spot in your home, but not near entry doors or where vents blow directly on it.

Christmas CactiAfter the holidays let it rest for about 30 days. Keep it in cooler temperatures, limit its water and make sure it gets its dark time. It is ok if it appears weak and loses a few leaves or joints during this period. Do not pinch back or shape until March or early April. Repot every 2 to 3 years in Feb, March or April, like it’s parents, this plant does the best growing in a confined space with good drainage. With proper care, this plant is long lived and can be handed down from generation to generation.

Critter of the Month – Northern Cardinal

Male Cardinalfemale cardinalThese birds do not migrate, and the female cardinal is one of the few female North American birds who actually vocalize in song. Most female North American birds do not sing. Their main food source is seeds and fruit, however they do supplement their diet with insects. The male is extremely territorial, but never more so then during mating time. He will even fight his reflection in a window for hours on end! The most common sound Cardinals are identified by is a metallic sounding “chip”. However, if you listen, you may also be privileged to hear clear, slurred whistled phrases of several phrase types which male and female combine into different songs.

Happy Holidays and Charity Promotion

Happy Holidays Phoenix

One of the real joys for the holiday season is the opportunity to tell you how much we appreciate your business, to convey our heartfelt thanks and to wish you and your family the very best in the coming new year!

With gratitude from the entire Goodman’s team, Season’s greetings and Happy New Year!

December Charity Discount and Donation

Purchase any service from Goodman’s this month with a subtotal of $300 or more and we’ll deduct and donate 10%* of your subtotal to the charity of your choice, or one of the top 10 ranked charities.

Top 10 Ranking info obtained from Charity Navigator at http://www.charitynavigator.org. You must be in our service area. Coupon value up to $500. May not be combined with other coupons. Expires 1/31/14

How to Prevent Frost Damage in Phoenix Winters

Frost DamageMost people in the Phoenix Metropolitan area do not pay much attention to cooler temperatures until they start to see damage in their landscape. This can be a costly error in judgment as severe cold damage can be mitigated by simply covering plants on the few days when cooler nighttime temperatures are forecasted. According the University of Arizona, the average first frost date ranges from November 21st to December 12th and the average last frost date ranges from February 7th to April 3rd.

Professional Grade Frost Prevention

Goodman’s sends out a yearly frost damage alert to our customers in late October, early November advising them to pay attention to forecasts. A majority of our longer term customers have purchased professional grade frost cloth from us at some point, and store them in the off season for use on cooler nights. The advantage of professional grade frost cloth is that it can be left on for longer periods of time, thus avoiding the labor of taking it off after daybreak and putting it back on in the evening.

Frost Damage PreventionIf you have a lot of cold tender plants in your yard, you may be aware that putting on and taking off frost cloths can involve hours of time…particularly if you are installing them correctly. Proper installation means covering the plant from top to bottom, as shown in these pictures. Make sure that the cloth drapes down and is not tied at the base. Last year we had several people call after seeing damage, only to find out all suppliers were out of frost cloths. This resulted in a huge amount of plants needing to be replaced in the Spring.

Tips for Frost Damage Treatment

If you start to notice your plant’s fruit, leaves, shoots, stems, flowers, and/or flower buds dying during the winter season, you can most likely attribute it to frost damage. Some people might have the desire to prune the frost-damaged plant right away, however, this is not recommended because it could stimulate new growth that would be exposed to frost damage again. Also, even though the leaves and stems are damaged, they are still helping to keep warm air near the plant. It is best to prune during the spring when the plant has already started to show new growth. If the entire plant seems damaged and the new growth is only at the root level, you will probably need to either cut down the existing dead plant to make room for the new growth or replace the plant all together.

Do not use smudge pots, mulch, or chemicals to try and keep your plants warm. As mentioned above, investing in professional grade frost cloths is the best way to prevent frost damage.

Do Your Plants Have Frost Damage?

If your landscape has experienced frost damage this winter, please contact Goodman’s today for a free estimate on replacing your plants with frost-damage tolerant plants. We can also provide you with a landscape maintenance plan that will keep your yard looking beautiful and fresh. We also provide landscaping in Scottsdale and surrounding areas.

Happy Thanksgiving – Irrigation Part and Plant of the Month

Happy ThanksgivingWith sincere thanks and deeply felt gratitude to all of our customers, everyone at Goodman’s Landscape Maintenance join in sending you and your family our wishes for a bountiful and very Happy Thanksgiving!

We are grateful for all of the amazing work that everyone does here at Goodman’s and to our customers. We wouldn’t be here without your continued support!

Texas Mountain Laurel (Sophora secundiflora)

Other names include: Mescal Bean, Texas Mescalbean, Frijolito, and Frijolillo. This evergreen shrub or small tree grows to about 12 feet high, it has smooth bark, and its dark green oval leaflets are 1-2 inches long. It blooms from February to April, and it produces Wisteria-like lavender-blue flowers in 4 to 8 inch clusters. The silvery gray 1 to 8 inch seed pods open when ripe exposing red seeds. These small tree often times produce multiple trunks. Keep them in full sun or light shade. They tolerate Arizona alkaline well-drained soils. When moving a Texas Mountain Laurel, make sure to not disturb the root ball.

Texas Mountain Laurel

All parts of the Texas Mountain Laurel are toxic, however it’s the seeds that pack the highest concentration. If ingested, among other symptoms, you can expect to see profuse salivation, weakness, impaired vision and a slow heart rate.

Why is it in our landscapes?

It’s small size, Wisteria-like blooms, grape Kool-Aid / grape bubblegum scent and overall ornamental appeal make it a popular plant for small spaces. Avoid planting in areas where children or pets spend unsupervised time.

Irrigation Valve Solenoid – Irrigation Part of the Month

A solenoid is a component of a solenoid valve. Its basic function is converting electrical energy to mechanical energy. A small electrical current is sent to the solenoid spring, causing the spring inside to essentially become a tiny magnet. Coiling tighter as a result of the magnetic field it pulls a tiny piston backward, sealing off the hole that allows air into the chamber. With the release of air pressure, a diaphragm is pushed aside by incoming water which passes through the valve to feed the irrigation lines. When the programmed amount of time ends, the electrical feed is halted and the process reverses. You can usually tell a solenoid is malfunctioning because it’ll make a distinct “click” and hum or vibrate when it is activated.irrigation valve solenoid

How to change a broken irrigation valve solenoid:

  1. Disconnect both wires connected to the solenoid.
  2. Turn solenoid counter-clockwise until free of the valve.
  3. Screw in new solenoid by turning clockwise, hand tighten only, be careful not to over-tighten.
  4. Connect both wires to new solenoid using waterproof wire caps.

Goodman’s Landscape Maintenance has full-time irrigation repair and installation crews that are ready to help you with your next project. Contact us to learn more about our irrigation services in your local Phoenix and Scottsdale area.

Top 3 Reasons to Purchase a “To Scale” Landscape Plan

to scale landscape design plan
What is a “To Scale” Landscape Design Plan?
Some landscape design contractors will provide an attractive landscape drawing for you to look at, however, when everything isn’t to scale, looks can be deceiving. For example, lets say that they provide a design that has 3 larger trees, 2 bushes, and a fountain. It may sound perfect, until everything is installed in your yard. Depending on how large your yard is, it could look too busy or it could look empty. Proportions are very important to understand when you are trying to visualize what your future landscape could look like. Another example is the amount of rock or grass to be used. In a drawing that isn’t to scale, you really have no idea how much rock or grass is actually going to be used. The contractor could potentially reduce the cost on his end by not providing you with the amount of rock you thought your yard was going to have.

Reason #1:
A “To Scale” landscape plan ensures that your vision and your landscape designer’s interpretation of your vision are congruent. If you have strong preferences about the look of your landscape (which I am sure most of you do), you want to provide your designer website and magazine pictures showing examples of what you want. Another good idea is to provide the designer with actual material samples. This will ensure that the preliminary design drawing is as close to the finished design drawing as possible. Most companies have a limit as to how many revisions are included in the price of landscape plan drawing. If you exceed that amount, there may be an extra charge for additional revisions, so it is best to clearly describe what you are looking for the first time the best that you can.

Reason #2:
When you have a to scale landscape plan you will be able to obtain apples to apples competitive pricing for the work. This is VERY important. If you don’t have a plan that spec’s out all the details, you may get lower pricing from some contractors, but that pricing will not be for the same amount of work or materials. It is best practice to get no more than three bids after you have done your research on the three companies by checking BBB statuses, licensing, reviews, and references.

Reason #3:
If you don’t have the budget to have all of the work completed at the same time, a landscape plan allows you to have the work done in stages. This will better allow you to maintain a cohesive look throughout the various stages. Make sure you have the work done in stages that make sense. For instance, you wouldn’t want to have all of the paver work done before the irrigation goes in. Experienced landscape contractors will be able to suggest possible stages and why they make sense. Don’t hesitate to ask questions and really understand why parts of the landscape need to be on hold while others are finished up. It is best to have all of the materials purchased in quantities needed to complete the entire project. You want to make sure that the materials used in the 1st stage are from the same batch, and are available at the 2nd or 3rd stage of the project. Otherwise, there could be noticeable differences in the materials or the supplier could run out, leaving your yard undone until they are able to get another shipment in.  Buying the materials in bulk also allows you take advantage of sales or volume discounts.

Have Goodman’s Landscape provide you with “to scale” landscape design plan for your backyard and receive $25.00 off. Save an additional $15.00 if you get the front yard landscape plan at the same time. Contact us today to schedule a free consultationThis offer can’t be combined with other offers and expires 12/31/2013.