Swale Installation

Arizona Landscape Architect Pete Curé does a swale installation using different types and sizes of rocks, in a backyard desert landscape.

Swales, or dry creek beds, make this metro Phoenix backyard appear more natural. Curé talks about installing granite as a base material and then using larger river rocks to create the swale. This is an easy, although strenuous project, for creating interest in an urban landscape. Swale can also be installed to direct rain runoff to different areas a a property.

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Getaway Seating

Construction of getaway seating area
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Water Feature

Learn how to build a water feature
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Mediterranean Oasis

Discover a Mediterranean-style hotel
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Do It Yourself

Pete Cure shows you how to tackle several DIY backyard projects

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Building a Ramada

Pete shows you how to build a Ramada in your backyard

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Turf Installation

Installing great looking synthetic grass in just one weekend

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Proper Pruning

How to properly prune your plants and use pots to create drama

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Flagstone Install

Installing flagstone to get a French Country feel in your yard

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Healthy Plants

How to grow healthy plants and a quick way to tackle weeds

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Turf & Soil Prep

French Country plants, proper irrigation, turf and soil prep


Arcadia Farms

Come visit Arcadia Farms and take a look at French Country plants

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Butterfly Magic

History of the Tucson Botanical Gardens and Butterfly Magic

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Pools & Ponds

Magnificent pools and water features throughout Sedona (Part 2)


Water Features

Magnificent pools and water features throughout Sedona (Part 3)

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Fountains & Pools

Magnificent pools and water features throughout Sedona (Part 1)

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Backyard Pond

Magnificent pools and water features throughout Sedona (Part 4)


Modern Architecture

Take a tour of a home that epitomizes desert living architecture

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Southwestern Style

Take a look at some modern twists in this southern style home

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Penthouse Loft

Check out this modern penthouse loft in the middle of AZ desert

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Mediterranean Home

Head to the red rocks of Sedona to see a Mediterranean style home

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Grand Materials Supply

Shopping for irrigation, granite, and lighting at Grand Materials

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Boulders and Rip Rap

Make your landscape stand out by using boulders and rip rap

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Pavers and More

Different pavers to choose for your next home project

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Decorative Rock

Choose decorative rocks to make your home perfect