How does climate affect sand used in a landscape?
Any landscape can be beautiful if given the right amount of time, attention, care. But tropical climates like what is along the coast of Florida and dry, arid climates like what we see in Arizona have unique environments. These areas come with their own set of challenges, unlike what you’ll find in other parts of the United States:
Challenges of Landscaping in a Coastal Climate
- Fierce winds
- Loose, sandy soil
- Ocean spray
- Overwash from Alkaline seawater
Landscaping in coastal climates often experiences issues with plant and soil erosion. However, there are ways to address these problems (i.e., using gravel to stop drainage and erosion problems, for example) so that you can create beautiful landscaping that you and your family can enjoy.
Nourish The Soil
Coastlines and surrounding inland areas are made up of dry, sandy soil that is typically void of nutrients. For effective landscaping in this climate, it is important to mix in large amounts of compost, composted manure, and peat moss to add nutrients to the soil and improve its ability to retain water.
Stabilize The Landscape
Trying to stabilize a sandy slope is no easy task, so you’ll have to be a bit creative. When you’re living in a coastal climate, your landscape should include grasses with fibrous roots or shrubs that will grip the soil and help provide cover against falling rains. This will help to prevent soil erosion.
Add Top Soil
Coastal lawn landscaping has a much higher success rate if a few inches of topsoil is layered before adding seeds. It’s also a good idea to install seed mixes that include more turf grasses to help contain soil erosion.
Challenges of Landscaping in a Desert Environment
- Desert soil
- Fluctuation in temperature
- Hot, dry conditions
Areas of the country where the land is mostly arid and dusty and has a rocky surface can be difficult to landscape. This is especially true since these environments receive very little water.
Nourish The Soil
Desert soil is mostly composed of sand and gravel. To ensure your soil is good for growth, you will need to add additional nutrients to have healthy vegetation.
Choose Plants Native to the Region
Desert climates tend to fluctuate in temperature throughout the day. When landscaping in these environments, you should install plants and trees that grow well in these zones.
As an alternative, you can use sand and gravel as landscaping alternatives to create an elegant design.
Install A Proper Irrigation System
Desert landscaping requires careful thought to support and enhance foliage. Installing a proper irrigation system is a huge necessity to create a beautiful finished project.
You’ll also want to use the right materials to create paving sections that fill in empty spaces and add uniqueness to your landscape design. For example, you can use crushed rock to create pathways that add that “wow factor” to your landscaping.