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Old 02-23-2008, 01:04 AM
Location: San Diego
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(Dear moderator, I can't believe I could not find another thread like this. I looked, but I may have missed it, so please move this to the appropriate spot if necessary. Thanks)

I would like some advice on how to grow the most "lush" appearing garden and still keep it low water usage. I had thought this impossible but people tell me it can be done if you choose natives. Does anybody know where to direct me? I have searched but I want plants/trees that people IN phoenix have had personal good luck with. I have noticed that in some older neighborhoods there are large shade trees. Yet, in many planned communities, even thought they homes are over 20 yrs old, you don't really see many large shade trees. Why is that? How about vegetable gardening in Phoenix? When is planting time?

It is a complete waste of water to have even a small spot of lawn? I sort of wonder what my dogs will think of a "no grass' yard, where will they go to the bathroom??? On the rocks? On the patio???

What are the thoughts on fountains? Are they allowed? Do you have to treat them for insects? What is this I've heard about HOAs dictating what kind of trees you can plant in your yard? Does that apply to your BACK yard too?

Also, is there any kind of plant or vine that grows similar to the Spanish Moss of the South (I assume it will not grow in the desert?) I like the look of vines growing along the top of a wall, but I do not know the names of any local ones to look up.

Lots of questions! Any info is appreciated! Thank you!
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