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Swale idea: Simple, inexpensive ways of saving rainwater

Swale idea: Simple, inexpensive ways of saving rainwater

A downspout from a roof gutter directs rainfall to the contoured yard of Catlow Shipek, co-founder of the Watershed Management Group

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Swale idea: Simple, inexpensive ways of saving rainwater

Swale idea: Simple, inexpensive ways of saving rainwater

Shipek's landscaping guides water to the roots of native vegetation.

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Swale idea: Simple, inexpensive ways of saving rainwater

Swale idea: Simple, inexpensive ways of saving rainwater

Rock basins are good collectors. They can be connected by spillways to other basins.

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Swale idea: Simple, inexpensive ways of saving rainwater

Swale idea: Simple, inexpensive ways of saving rainwater

Flowering plants fill a shallow depression, or swale. Leftover dirt can be used for basin berms.

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Swale idea: Simple, inexpensive ways of saving rainwater

Swale idea: Simple, inexpensive ways of saving rainwater

How much rainwater have you kept in your yard so far this season? It's not too late to start harvesting it.

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Curb appeal is essential to selling a home

Curb appeal is essential to selling a home

Colorful pillows on the porch swing, potted flowers and butterflies brighten this bungalow's front porch, adding to the curb appeal that attracts buyers.

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Curb appeal is essential to selling a home

Curb appeal is essential to selling a home

An inviting yard doesn't have to rely only on plants. This home's furniture helps create an inviting entry.

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Curb appeal is essential to selling a home

Curb appeal is essential to selling a home

Desert-adapted plants are good choices for adding low-maintenance color and enhancing appeal to potential buyers.

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Curb appeal is essential to selling a home

Curb appeal is essential to selling a home

Green plants and colorful flowers make this entryway inviting. Keep landscape neat and tidy by blowing off plant litter.

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Curb appeal is essential to selling a home

Curb appeal is essential to selling a home

Arizona's native low-care plants keep a home looking fresh and attractive, whether you want to sell the house or improve the view for yourself.

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Curb appeal is essential to selling a home

Curb appeal is essential to selling a home

With Tucson's housing market showing signs of life, curb appeal is starting to get more attention.

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Mulch matters: shades, cools, feeds soil

Mulch matters: shades, cools, feeds soil

Litter from landscape clean-up, such as the tree debris Angelo Romeo is chipping into mulch, will break down and add nutrients to the soil.

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Mulch matters: shades, cools, feeds soil

Mulch matters: shades, cools, feeds soil

After the recently cut leaves dry, this mulch will be ready to spread, helping to cool down the soil and slow down moisture evaporation.

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Mulch matters: shades, cools, feeds soil

Mulch matters: shades, cools, feeds soil

Angelo Romeo's wife, Veronica, planted a lantana at their home several years ago.

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Koi, pond fans find kindred hearts

Koi, pond fans find kindred hearts

A demonstration area with ponds showcases fish and plants at Tucson Koi and Water Gardens.

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Koi, pond fans find kindred hearts

Koi, pond fans find kindred hearts

A lily pad with a blossom is one of the types of water plants that make a pond a home for koi.

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Koi, pond fans find kindred hearts

Koi, pond fans find kindred hearts

"I've found ponds very tranquil, especially living in the desert," says Dr. Santiago Tucson, koi collector.

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Koi, pond fans find kindred hearts

Koi, pond fans find kindred hearts

Stone statues and hardscape construction are also available at the koi and water-plant shop.

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Koi, pond fans find kindred hearts

Koi, pond fans find kindred hearts

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Koi, pond fans find kindred hearts

Koi, pond fans find kindred hearts

Cardiologist Lee Goldberg was having a tough time getting a koi pond installed in his backyard.

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