Basic Desert Landscaping Strategies

It is no secret that some parts of the country get more water than the others, but this shouldn’t stop you from making your outdoor space aesthetically pleasing. If you reside in an arid location where green lush yards cannot be grown and sustained, you may want to consider desert landscaping which involves plants and materials that work with the environmental conditions in your area.

Color, Shape, and Scale

An attractive desert landscape can be achieved by keeping color, shape, and scale into consideration.

  • Scale- When you are establishing accent areas in your yard, allow scale to serve as your guide. Remember that all the elements that you integrate in your landscape design must complement each other, but they don’t necessarily have to be of similar sizes.

For instance, short shrubs can be arranged around taller desert grasses to establish an area of emphasis. Moreover, if you have a one-storey home, you can place tall trees next to it to achieve the illusion of greater height.

  • Color- In arid regions, the earth is sandy or rocky and the color is typically grayish or brown. To add life to your outdoor space, it is recommended to strategically incorporate other colors into the landscape. For example, you may want to add plants and objects that are red and yellow, as they may serve as great focal points. Specific types of vegetation that you can incorporate into your landscape design include aloe plants, Mexican poppies, as well as wildflowers.
  • Shape- Imagine if you have a flat yard and you install several tall cacti, it definitely wouldn’t look pleasant. Hence, it is also important to consider the shape of the plants that you will add. One example of plant is the White Thorn Acacia which can reach a height of 10 feet and produce vibrant green leaves and yellow flowers.
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Landscaping Ideas

For those who have no idea how to undertake this project, it is highly recommended to avail the services of local professionals who specialize in desert landscaping henderson area.

However, when you inquire in any company, you will be asked if you have a specific theme or design ideas that you want to see in the finished output. Here are other design concepts that you may want to consider integrating:

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10 Things To Know Before Visiting Detroit


  1. Detroit has its own style of pizza.

“Detroit-style pizza” is a style of pizza specific to the streets of Detroit. Its baked in a deep, square pan that is, most of the time, not actually a pan but a tray that has been designed to hold industrial parts.

  1. Unsolved murder capital.

A staggering 70% of all Detroit’s murders go unsolved. Yikes!

  1. Police response time is slow.

When you call the police in Detroit, you have to wait, on average, 58 minutes for them to arrive on scene.

The national average is 11 minutes, which puts Detroit at the bottom in terms of speedy response. In addition, most Detroit police stations are also closed 16 hours a day.

  1. Detroit’s Zoo was born by accident.

When a circus arrived in town, the Detroit Zoo was born. This was due to the animals escaping while the group was passing through.

  1. Devil’s Night is October 30.

October 30th in Detroit is known as much more than just the night before Halloween.

Here, it’s “Devil’s Night”, where people in the city celebrate by lighting hundreds of small fires.

  1. Extreme kidnapping is a thing.

In Detroit, there’s a company called “Extreme Kidnapping”. This fully organized company is paid to tie people up and kidnap them. Prices can go up to $1,500 for one kidnapping.

  1. Potato chips are popular.

In the United States, potato chips are a go-to snack. In Detroit, though, these crunchy pieces of salt and grease are a staple.

The average Detroit resident will eat 7 pounds of potato chips per year.

  1. Detroit is home to a huge salt mine.

1,200 feet below the streets of Detroit is the Detroit Salt Mine. The mine is an expanse of more than 1,500 acres of salt rock that is older than most automobiles.

The mines contain salt deposits that out-date the dinosaurs.

  1. Bowling is a city-wide event.

Bowling is a major pass time in Detroit. The city boasts more registered and enthusiastic bowlers than any other city, On any day of the week, balls are flying down bowling lanes all over Detroit.

  1. Detroit was the first city with a paved road.

Back in the day, Detroit was the first United States city to have a paved road. Known as the first mile, this road is located on Woodward Avenue between 6 and 7 Mile roads.

  1. The city has a love of trees.

Since 1989, there has been a local non-profit in Detroit. This organization prides itself on planting trees and, since its establishment, has planted over 81,000 trees.

  1. You can toss a dwarf in Detroit.

Controversial, Detroit has a downtown bar that hosts weekly dwarf tosses. These tosses involve tossing a dwarf in a helmet onto a blown up air mattress.

This practice is alive and well in the city despite being banned in most other places.

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Hungry? Here are the best places to eat in Detroit

If you are visiting Detroit and are feeling a little hungry, here are some top restaurants to choose from with plenty of options to suit everyone’s taste. Enjoy!

La Noria Bistro

This fine dining restaurant serves Italian and Mexican food in the Southwest of Detroit. At this fine restaurant diners can choose from a selection of tacos along with their speciality cemitas pueblan sandwiches that are stuffed with breaded meat, guacamole, Oaxaca cheese and pollanos on a delicious sesame roll. It also serves different pizzas with toppings of your choice that are baked in a wood-fired oven.

River Bistro                            

This restaurant serves the finest Caribbean food.  You can get takeaway dinners here and also hold private dinner parties for 10-14 people. It serves honey spiced fried chicken, barbeque and jerk ribs but it does serve alcohol as it does not have a licence to do so.

Flowers of Vietnam

This restaurant has been expanded and refurbished but still retains its original charm of the original restaurant that is situated on West Vernor. This Vietnamese restaurant now has a separate bar space where you have a view of the open galley kitchen and the main dining room. Here you can order a bowl of pho for one or choose to share numerous dishes like the extra crispy caramel chicken wings, fried fish and for dessert an egg cream coffee. If you choose to have a drink there is something to drink for everyone from beers to wines which are poured by the glass.

Fist of Curry

This was once a seafood restaurant which was called the Huron Room but changed to an international curry restaurant. The newly revamped restaurant has now a 70’s inspired interior which is very colourful with graphic wallpaper etc. The menu offers you plates of curry fried cauliflower, coconut crab curry and Jamaican jerk brisket. It also offers gluten free and vegan options.

The grille Room at the Detroit Club

Situated in downtown Detroit this restaurant is mostly reserved for members. However the public can catch a glimpse inside this fine restaurant during lunch and dinner at the first floor restaurant. Its interior is decorated in dark wood with velvety purple decor. It has a chophouse-style menu giving you options of bone-in rib eye, lamb meatballs, pappardelle with lamb sauce and many more fine foods to choose from. If visiting this restaurant you must know that it has a business casual dress code.

Brome Modern Eatery

This popular restaurant is in a spacious location in downtown’s financial district. It serves organic burgers, salads and French fries. Upstairs the restaurant offers you a selection of fresh juices and smoothies with amazing views of downtown Detroit.

Lovers Only

This is a new spot in downtown Detroit that serves burgers and sandwiches in a bright space that is decorated with printed wallpaper and pastel schoolhouse chairs. The menu offers burgers including the Classic smash, cold fried chicken sandwiches that are served with white barbecue sauce and jalapeno coleslaw and lots more fine food to choose from. If you feel like a drink, the restaurant offers a selection of beers and cocktails and you can also order online for those that are eating on the go.

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Driving in Detroit – Things to Know

Whether you are brand-new to the state, just taking a trip through, or a little out of date when it concerns driving laws and/or roadway modifications, the following info ought to assist you in driving the roadways when driving in Detroit and Michigan.

Safety belt and Restraints, gotta have ’em. Enough said? Well, you must know that safety belt usage is only necessary in Michigan for anybody sitting in the front seat, but keep in mind that there are various laws for kids.

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Children and Car-Seat Laws, Kids (under 16 years of age) need to be buckled in despite where they are located within the car. Additionally, kids under 4 should ride in a safety seat, and children under 8 should ride in a car seat. This ought to go without saying, however do not stick kids in the back of a pick-up.

Cell Phones and texting, generally speaking you can talk on the phone, however you cannot text somebody while driving a motor vehicle that is moving. If you do receive a traffic ticket for this it is recommended to contact an attorney for different ways to handle the consequences

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Things To Do In Detroit

Further to my earlier article, providing info for tourists who may wish to travel to Detroit, this article sets out some activities for you and your family (or other travelling companions) to try while here in our wonderful city.

Attend a Sports Game:

Detroit are home to no less than 4 sports teams, and one of only 12 cities in all of America to have a team in the 4 major US sports. Those being football, basketball, baseball & ice hockey. Of those 3 types of sports, there are 3 arenas directly in the city (the palace of Auburn Hills, home of the basketball team, the Detroit Pistons is in Auburn Hills suburbs). The other arena, directly in the city, and their home teams, are as follows:

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Tourism Info For Detroit

It is no secret that, when it comes to lists of sought after destinations in America, Detroit is not featured highly very often. Places like Orlando & Los Angeles are the top places that you will usually see on lists, and both are great places.

A landscaper who I know in Vegas who runs said that while Vegas is one of the best cities in the world to have fun in, he thinks that it’s not a place that everyone would want to live in for the long-term!

However, Detroit deserves to be placed higher, and is a real hidden gem. And though it has been overlooked, now is the time for that to change! Detroit has so much going for it as a city.

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A Detroit Thanksgiving!

Now that the spookiness and scares of Halloween are behind us, all sights are now set on Thanksgiving, but a few short weeks away. And as always, that means food, family & shopping are going to feature heavily in the news and on websites for the next few weeks. Also, Black Friday, an event that has turned into a worldwide phenomena, is also rolling around, enabling eager shoppers to get those gifts, or early Xmas presents, at insanely discounted prices.

Let’s have a look now at some of the news relating to Thanksgiving in and around the Detroit area:

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Man Held In Connection With Hit & Run

A suspect is currently being held, after a high speed hit and run incident that resulted in the death of a Detroit Police Officer. The hit and run, that occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning, happened on Detroit’s West Side, north of the Lodge Freeway, West of Livernois (Fitzgerald Neighborhood).

Suspect Stephen Patrick Guzina was arrested on Saturday in the Grand River & Schafer area, thankfully without incident. It is suspected that Guzina is the driver of a van that struck down Police Officer Myron Jarrett, who was attending to a traffic investigation at Puritan & Monica at roughly 10:30 pm. The traffic investigation had resulted in an arrest, and additional support was requested by the arresting officers at the scene. Myron Jarrett had responded to that request, which is how he came on the scene to provide assistance.

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Sporting News For Detroit, October 2016

Events in sport can happen at rapid pace. One minute, everything is calm, the next, chaos can ensue. This is true also of the Detroit sporting scene. And while things may seem calm on the surface, there very may well be a hidden current, moving rapidly underneath. Let’s investigate some of the bigger stories across the different Detroit teams:


Detroit Lions:

Tight End Eric Ebron, out with an injury since Week 5, remains questionable to play in the game this Sunday against the Houston Texans. Although he did participate in full on Friday in practice, no further news has come out of the Lions camp. The 10th pick overall in the 2014 Draft, has had 2 injury plagued seasons, and has yet to show his true form. Could this Sunday be his Renaissance?

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Halloween Events Coming Up in Detroit

Halloween is right around the corner, and this time of year is magical for both kids and adults alike. The magic and spookiness of Halloween, all the candy, those scary movies and all that dressing up make for a really special and memorable time of year.

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There are absolutely piles of Halloween events coming up in the Detroit area, so whether it is for the kids or for adults looking to have a little fun, let’s have a quick look at what’s coming up for Demons, Devils and Angels!

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