Wildland Scapes believes that landscapes can be beautiful, low maintenance and use very little water.   But this is only possible in our desert environment if the plant material used is adapted to our extremes of heat and cold. For us, this means using plants that are native in our region – or in nearby locations in North America such as Arizona, New Mexico or California.   Our goal with every landscape design and installation is to create a space that is welcoming, functional, uses little water, and over time needs little maintenance.

Our methods

WLS no longer employs an installation crew, but we can link you with one or offer project management services.  In the past, we designed, modified and then installed many commercial, civic and residential projects designed by landscape architects. We have many years experience with the plant materials that grow well in our area, and tend to work best when we can assist with plant selection.  

Planning work begins with a thorough site survey, and clear explanation of the landscape goals and needs. This is followed by a concept plan with a proposed plant list. After the plan is reviewed and accepted implementation can begin.

Wildland Scapes has experience working on difficult sites, cliff edges, in rock, sand or clay.    We will tailor irrigation to the site needs and the available water and have designed and implemented projects with little or no water available.

Plant selection

Our nursery has an extensive selection of plant material we have grown from regionally collected seeds and cuttings. We can grow plants for a specific project, or select from what we have on hand. We also can order sizes or varieties of plant material that we do not have on hand to meet project needs.  

Our projects usually favor regionally native plants to help keep maintenance and water use down. We also use some non-native species that we are certain will not escape into the desert or riparian areas around us. Check out our Nursery page for more information about our plants, irrigation and other supplies.

 

Hardscaping

WLS has designed and installed walls, paths and patios with stone, packed granite, or pavers in a wide range of settings from cliff edges to locations in downtown Moab. We have access to stone in a variety of colors ranging from blond or sandstone red to green.  

We have constructed benches from stone, and can work with local masons and artisans to create unique spaces that blend into our natural landscape.  

 

 

Irrigation systems

Irrigation in the desert is essential for a landscape to flower and look its best. We believe in the responsible use of water to create beautiful outdoor spaces. This means zoning the system to make sure plants get the water they need without overwatering other areas. Proper irrigation also reduces weed growth and keeps maintenance costs low.

We specialize in timer operated drip irrigation systems, and spray systems that use low flow nozzles. We also have been certified to install, test and repair backflow prevention systems to protect your water source from contamination as required by state law and can help evaluate your system needs

DRIP IRRIGATION 101

Drip irrigation is a method of applying water directly to the plant roots rather than spraying it in the air and watering an entire area. The benefits to properly operated drip irrigation systems include:

•  Reduced weed growth
•  Healthier plants
•  Reduced use of water

However, these benefits rely on appropriate zoning of the landscape and irrigation system.  

A properly designed and installed drip system should last for years with little maintenance other than annual winterizing, recharging, and once a month line checks. With a timer water can be applied in the evening hours, minimizing evaporation, and should be changed with the season as the plants water needs change.

  

WLS not only designs systems, but provides information and training to the system owner to ensure that the system does not require expensive maintenance calls.  See the Irrigation page of the Nursery section for more information about watering duration and frequency for different plants, as well as links to other irrigation resources.

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