March 4, 2014
Creating a tropical paradise in the desert
The best place to start is to think *oasis*. So if you have a large property, don't try to create Disneyland, create an oasis. That is, start small. Isolate the area right nearby your patio and focus on that. Here is the best way to go:
• Create some slopes. Whether you have to bring in dirt or move some around, get rid of the completely-flat, *pool-table* look. For me here at The Tropical Paradise, this happened (as most things have) accidentally. The entire backyard was covered with 1/2-inch gravel, which, when I found out I couldn't sell it, or even give it away, I piled up. Some of my plants are on the tops of slopes that are several feet above the basic ground level.
• Put in a watering system. If you live in the desert, and you think that you're gonna get out there and hand-water with a hose, you are kidding yourself. I put in a simple low-pressure system. You can get them at Home Depot.
And may I suggest that you leave room for people? For a table and chairs? A tropical oasis is naturally attractive to tired and thirsty desert travelers. No, it's not actually any cooler in The Tropical Paradise, it just feels that way.
Posted by Brad Hall