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When done cleverly, backyard landscaping in Las Vegas and Henderson is a great way to create a nice-looking, low-maintenance yard suitable for our Southern Nevada desert climate. Avoiding lawns is key since the water and upkeep required to maintain a grass lawn can be costly. There are plenty of unique and beautiful DIY ideas to landscape your backyard on a reasonable budget.

Here are a few tips on backyard landscaping without breaking the bank:

1. Use Plants Local to the Area


Plants native to the desert Southwest will look best because they will be in their ideal growing conditions. They will also be cost effective since you won’t need to purchase expensive fertilizers. Choose plants that do not require a large amount of water, and plant them in thick bunches to create a lush feeling.

Common desert plants include: sage, mesquite, yucca, bottle brush, aloe and agave. Ask at your local nursery about plants that will grow easily in your area, they are always happy to help.

2. Cactus Garden

A classic desert cacti scene in the Southern Nevada region is an economical landscaping idea. First, lay a foundation of sand-colored pebbles. These are only to form a base, so you can buy the cheapest ones. On top of the pebbles, plant several types of cacti scattered throughout the yard. To add flair and character to your yard, add a few finishing touches—a small Western sculpture, a few desert animal figures or perhaps a wood carving.


3. Rock Art

If you want to reduce costs and maintenance even further, rocks are an inexpensive, desert-friendly landscaping option. Start with two colors of small pebbles. Next, map out a design in your yard using chalk. If you are not the creative type, Pinterest has tons of Las Vegas desert landscaping and gardening ideas. Finish by scattering large boulders around the yard, having a couple cross the boundaries between the colored areas for visual variation.

4. Dry Stream

A dry stream bed will not require much modification or many supplies. Map out a spot on your yard for a small twisting stream—giving it beginning and end points. Fill out the area with river rocks or, any type of medium-sized rock if they are too costly. Finish with a couple of large boulders on the stream banks and a small bush next to each rock.

Whether you just moved into a new home and need to decorate on a budget or if your yard needs a facelift, there are a number of ways to landscape your backyard with limited funds. Our backyard landscaping Las Vegas design and maintenance professionals at Cacti Landscaping are happy to answer your questions or assist with designing and creating landscapes for your yard that will complement our climate and your lifestyle.

Keeping Everything Together

Now that all four solutions for a backyard water feature have been discussed, the only necessary factor left is setting around the chosen water feature. Plants look extremely well next to pools, waterfalls, ponds, and even fountains. Plants make a yard with a water feature look more tropical and make the water feature stand out the best.

Not only do plants highlight the beauty of your yard, but trees such as simple palm trees also add a sense of being tropical to your yard. Plants need irrigation repair and there are so many landscaping and maintenance companies willing to help you.

Furthermore, irrigation repair is a part of most landscaping companies in the valley and they are experienced so there is no worry when they are taking care of your plants in your yard.

In conclusion, waterfalls, pools, ponds, and fountains are the top 4 backyard outdoor water features that will enhance the overall beauty of your yard. Contact us if you want to learn more about backyard water features.

About the Author

I am currently 16 years old. I was placed into an education that took on reading and writing from a young age and focused on it for all these years. Writing has always seemed exciting and exhilarating for me. No matter the difficulty that I have faced, I always wanted to learn how to write better and make more progress in this field. My father is the owner of Cacti Landscapes and I have started to complete some work for him. Primarily, I started off by writing for my dad’s reviews and learned through this process. As time went on, I started to write more and more for my father’s company. I recently wrote the blog of “How to Make a Zen Garden” and am going to continue to produce blogs and work for my father’s enterprise. Because of my father’s intuition, I started college at the age of 15. I am in Bishop Gorman High School, Community College and working for my father. But for fun, my favorite hobby is golf and I will always enjoy the phenomenal sport.

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