Local nursery vs landscaper

drmeow3(z9 AZ)January 13, 2008

Hi all,

I'm looking to convert about 1/2 of my yard from grass to desert landscaping. I have neither the time nor (in my opinion) sufficient expertise to do it myself so I'm looking for a landscaper to do it for me. I've been seeing ads in the paper for Moon Valley Nursery (I think that's the one) where they will do the planting for you. I need a little more than planting (i.e., contouring, etc). I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with or thoughts about using this nursery or another nursery to do the landscaping. Alternatively, is there a landscaper or landscape contractor they can recommend? I already have a landscape plan.

Thanks for you help.


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drmeow3(z9 AZ)

I'm in Tempe.

    Bookmark   January 13, 2008 at 3:25PM
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I'd suggest doing a search on the forum before using Moon Valley, It seems most if not all people on here have had nothing but problems with them.

    Bookmark   January 14, 2008 at 8:44AM
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The best time to kill Bermuda grass is when it is actively growing - from June through August. Just digging it up when it's dormant will leave behind stolons and rhizomes which will sprout as soon as the weather warms up.

As far as who to call, why not ask Ron Dinchak? He teaches the landscaping workshops for the City of Tempe and has done work for lots of homeowners.

Here is a link that might be useful: City of Tempe landscape workshops

    Bookmark   January 14, 2008 at 11:09AM
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Most nurseries will offer planting at an additional charge. But if you are starting a desert landscape from scratch, it will probably be best to use a landscaper. Desert Botanical garden and the U of A Master Gardener Program can be of assistance in finding someone good as well as knowledgeable.

    Bookmark   January 14, 2008 at 7:12PM
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drmeow3(z9 AZ)

Thanks to everyone for your input.
After I posted this I did run across a very negative post about Moon Valley which answered my question.
I'm not planning to do the conversion now, I'm looking to get estimates now so that I'm ready to hit the ground running come spring.
Ron Dinchak actually did my landscaping plan but I did not get the impression he would do the actual planting (he does broker plants). Thanks for the reminder, though. I had forgotten that I do have one name from him and another from someone else but I'm from the "get at least three estimates" school of contractor hiring. The two I have are Desert Fusion and Butch Herrmann Landscaping. Anyone have any experience with either of those?


    Bookmark   January 17, 2008 at 7:40PM
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I used Mike Potter Landscape when we scraped off the front yard. They were timely, clean and mid-priced. Helps that they're licensed and bonded. An awful lot of folks out there have a business but they aren't registered and their taxpayer status is dubious.

Over the years, I've bought trees from Moon Valley, Whitfill's and Baker's Nursery. I'll buy again from both Whitfill's and Baker's.

    Bookmark   January 18, 2008 at 4:49PM
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drmeow3(z9 AZ)


Now I have to get off my duff and make some calls to get some estimates.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2008 at 6:10PM
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