Choosing to create a cacti garden will develop an authentic, yet manicured Las Vegas backyard landscaping.
Having a cacti garden will also prevent the need for constant watering, thereby preventing over usage. An advantage to this type of garden, is that it allows you to have a carefree backyard that blends perfectly within the natural desert region.
Designing a Cacti Garden Using a Variety of Shapes in Las Vegas
Cacti come in all sizes, providing a near endless amount of design inspiration. The variety of cacti allows homeowners the ability to turn a cacti garden into an elaborate piece of art with a minimal investment of time and money. Additionally, they require little to survive, thereby providing a perfect style of garden choice for busy households.
By using curved pavers, you can easily create a variety of shapes that can house numerous small cacti gardens. However, each small cacti garden created can be tied into the others, providing an impressive cacti garden that you can be proud of. Additionally, the use of pavers will allow you to create walkways that intertwine throughout your entire cacti garden.
Drawing Out Your Backyard Cacti Garden Plans on Paper
Since creating a cacti garden with multiple shapes formed with pavers can require the need to properly position pavers, drawing plans out on paper can be beneficial. Paper allows you to make changes prior to placing pavers in place. Draw plans out ahead of time will also allow you to get as creative as you want.
When drawing out the plans for your cacti garden, you can stick with simple circles, or add a combination of circles, tear drops or even a few overlapping circles that can create an individual shape. The drawing phase, is also an ideal time to add a walkway if desired.
If a walkway is being added, consider having the walkway wind in and out of individual cacti gardens. This process will pull the garden together, thereby creating a unique, one of a kind cacti garden.
Choosing Cacti for Your Backyard
Picking out a variety of Prickly Pears, Pink Hens, Agave and Beavertail cacti will provide a decent selection of unique shapes. You’ll also have a variety of sizes. Additionally, when conditions are right, you’ll be able to enjoy gorgeous cacti flowers. Keep in mind, that cacti gardens are limitless. The variety allows you to choose among several shapes, sizes and colors.
With several varieties of cacti, you’ll be able to blend cacti together to create an opening of flowing color. Additionally, you can easily position larger cacti behind smaller ones, thereby creating a textural piece of work. Wrapping a walkway through your cacti selection will also allow you to highlight specific cacti, over others.
How to Build a Walkway with Pavers
Whereas pavers surrounding small garden areas can be placed on existing soil, pavers being used as a walkway need extra construction to ensure durability. The first step to creating a walkway with pavers is to excavate the walkway. You’ll need to dig out the path of the walkway to a depth of 6 inches. The 6 inch depth will provide enough space to strengthen the walkway for foot traffic and environmental concerns.
Once the walkway area has been dug out and leveled, you’ll need to add a base material. The material used for the base can be bought from any hardware store and should be crushed stone that’s course. This type of base material will ensure proper drainage and will prevent future damage to your walkway. Use a mechanical plate compactor to tamp the base material, this will improve durability and consistency.
Prior to setting your pavers, you’ll need to pour a one inch depth layer of sand above the base material. Be sure to smooth sand out, so as to preserve a level walkway. Begin setting pavers in place at the beginning of your walkway, preferably at the straightest point aligned with you home.
You’ll use straight pavers, except for in areas where your walkway will wind towards another direction. At the winding points, you will placed inward and outward curved pavers on the outer edges. The interior of the walkway will still use straight pavers.
Once you have set all pavers in place, you’ll need to use your mechanical plate compactor once again to tamp the pavers down. To avoid scuffing up your new walkway, be sure to use a protective barrier between the pavers and the plate compactor. While tamping, pass the plate compactor over each segment of pavers three times, this will ensure that pavers are fully set.
For added protection, you should use a sealant, provided through your local hardware store. The final stage is to simply sweep additional sand over the pavers. This stage, simply places sand into any microscopic crevices.
Once you have completed the final stage of building your walkway, you can freely enjoy it. If you have larger rounded areas in front of specific cacti garden sections, you may want to consider placing a stylish bench or a small chair and side table so that you can sit and admire your cacti garden at various points.
Caring for a Cacti Garden
A cacti garden can typically survive from normal rain water, however during times of drought it can be helpful to provide a light sprinkling. If you do choose to provide watering, keep in mind that too much water can damage the cacti in your garden. To promote optimal health, provide a yearly 10-10-10 mix of fertilizer.