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Old 08-25-2017, 10:26 PM
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Yuma, Arizona is lush green like to tropics
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Old 08-26-2017, 12:42 AM
Location: Ontario
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Roswell, New Mexico
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Old 08-26-2017, 11:28 AM
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Roswell, New Mexico
Little green men?
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Old 08-26-2017, 11:46 AM
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Depends on the definition of Southwest. With the possible exception of El Paso I do not consider Texas as Southwest. If we're going with AZ, NM, NV I'd say Scottsdale hands down. Bermuda grass thrives there
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Old 08-26-2017, 03:54 PM
Location: Nebraska
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Originally Posted by Torishortt View Post
My husband and I currently live in Colorado Springs and really love it, BUT we can't afford to live in the "greener" side of town near the mountains. We are moving to El Paso, TX because of his job. We are going to move shortly after because El Paso just isn't for us. We are looking for somewhere in Texas, NM, or Arizona that actually has green and trees. We are from MD and are used to grass and trees EVERYWHERE. We know we won't really find that down there, but we are hoping to live somewhere that we can have nice grass in our yard without watering a bunch of times a day (like we currently do in COS). We also need to live at least within driving distance of a big city so that we can find jobs and live comfortably. We don't mind the heat, but we would prefer somewhere that does get cold or at least "chilly". We have two young kids and would like to live somewhere with good schools. Any recommendations?
Colorado Springs has greener sections that are relatively close to the mountains and relatively inexpensive by Colorado standards.

In my opinion, Colorado Springs is very lush for being a Western City. It has a relatively wet and cool spring and also gets much heavier rainfall amounts in the late-summer than most larger Colorado cities.

80918 and 80909 have many lush areas with-in their zip codes that are just as affordable as places like Falcon and the eastern sections of the city.

They might not be as lush as the Broadmoor, Skyway or NW Colorado Springs but they are fairly lush zip-codes with lots of open space with lots of trees.

Tucson and Sierra Vista are rather lush in my opinion as they have a good amount of yearly rainfall. Tucson gets nearly the amount of rainfall of Denver and Sierra Vista gets a very wet monsoon yearly and is relatively lush.

Prescott and Flagstaff are not desert areas and are very lush. They have relatively wet winters followed by heavy monsoon rain in the late summer.

Economic conditions outside of Phoenix tent to be relatively weak though in Arizona.
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Old 08-13-2018, 07:12 AM
Location: Yellville,AR.
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Old 08-13-2018, 09:50 AM
Location: New Mexico
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How much do you want to spend on lush lawns and trees? Those seldom happen on their own in the desert SW so it takes a lot of effort and dollars. Most cities are encouraging less water usage and may even have limits on water usage for landscaping. Native drought tolerant plants can manage the heat and scorching sun but might not be as lush as what you desire. In New Mexico, you might find greener communities along the Rio Grande where there will be some irrigation. Otherwise, you might look at some mountain towns like Ruidoso or Cedar City or up north toward Santa Fe or Taos.
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Old 08-13-2018, 02:44 PM
Location: Tempe, AZ
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Originally Posted by Desert_SW_77 View Post
If you are looking for a nice spread of green grass in the desert (Bermuda grass is what they plant in AZ), then Scottsdale would be your best bet. There's no shortage of desert landscaping there either, but they have a higher concentration of homes with lawns (and golf courses), more than anywhere else I've seen in the Southwest.

Some of the mid-century neighborhoods in East and Central Phoenix have a good amount of green lawns. Certain developments around Chandler and Arrowhead Ranch have them as well. Not surprisingly these are the priciest parts of the Valley. So overall around the Valley of the Sun the odds are higher as they irragate more than other Southwestern cities do. There's no getting around the heavy watering part, it is what it is. Anywhere else you'll have to climb to higher elevations to the sky island greenery.

You won't find a lot of grass in El Paso, Tucson, or Albuquerque though there are some exceptions. Tucson has more resort/golf course greenery, and Albuquerque actually has pretty nice tree cover. El Paso definitely has a more open and exposed desert feeling. The Rio Grande has a natural green ribbon through Albuquerque with a preserved bosque, El Paso being the border city that it is has a wall and concrete ditch on the Rio. Albuquerque does have a nice oasis feeling in certain parts of it.
Those neighborhoods in Phoenix with the irrigated lawns pay extra in taxation for it, believe me Arizona undercharges water utilities (and WAY overcharges electric for some reason) but those Arcadia and Uptown neighborhoods pay an extra tax to the county under irrigation districts to cover it. And if you buy in these areas but don't have the irrigated lawn (cause some opted to get rid of it), I still believe you pay for it as it goes by the neighborhood/district and not an individual house.

However most people here are not willing to pay extra taxes for greenery, and go for xeriscaping. Also people here are a lot more water conscious and realize that lots of grass and trees for underutilized private lawns (when four or so months of the year it's too hot to really be outside for any significant amount of time) which you have to pay for (unlike the south where grass is free) is pretty asinine.

Grass doesn't thrive anywhere here. Look in the South if grass and warm is what you want. We don't need greenery-obsessed people in the Southwest, we need a lot less of those types of people here.
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Old 08-13-2018, 04:58 PM
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This question is essentially the same as someone asking others to choose the best desert city east of the Mississippi.
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Old 08-14-2018, 03:20 PM
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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Flagstaff Arizona is probably the greenest city in the SW, they get 21.86 inches of precipitation per year, but it's also a very snowy city.




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