Ideally, a small to medium-size tree for a courtyard has plenty to offer year-round — spring flowers, summer shade, fall color and attractive branches for winter interest — without needing too much in return. The perfect patio tree also has a slower growth rate to reduce pruning and doesn’t drop messy seeds, blooms or fruit or have aggressive roots that will lift paving.
Landscaping is expensive, and that’s the primary reason you don’t see a water efficient landscape in front of every home. That said, a lot of decisions go into planning, design and installation, and each decision offers opportunities to save money. Our plan here at Helix is for today’s article to be the first of many on how to cut the cost of a water efficient landscape.