Much of the south and west of the state of Arizona is empty desert scattered with cacti, in particular the distinctive saguaro. The saguaro is the largest cactus in the United States. Saguaro are very slow growing cactus. A 10 year old plant might only be 1.5 inches tall. Saguaro can grow to be 40-60 feet tall and can live to be 150-200 years old. Saguaros are found exclusively in the Sonoran Desert. If looking to do some planting of your own, in Arizona, trees around your home can save energy. A typical energy efficient home in the Southwest spends up to $250 a year on air conditioning. But shade from two 25-foot tall trees on the west side of the house plus one 25-footer on the east side will save 23 percent of that cost. Trees on the west side do the best job of blocking the hot afternoon sun. The taller the tree, the larger the shadow. Be mindful of where you plant, as roots can cause damage to the walls of your home or plumbing. Additionally, be careful not to plant an invasive tree that takes over your yard.
Interesting tip: expansive clay soils under the house can become water-logged and raise up your floors. Due to new technology, fixing a problem like this can be much less expensive than it used to be. A foundation expert can run a pipe from the soil foundation up to the top of the house using an area in a closet, for example. A fan at the top of the pipe will help draw out the moisture in the soil so that it will aerate and dry out. Then the slab will begin to resettle. It’s a much less invasive process than jackhammering out the slab in order to correct the problem. It can probably be done for less than $5,000.
Coming soon: Perma-Liner Industries is busy making plans for you. We’re planning a “Trenchless Tour” on July 27th in the New England area. We’ll be posting more information on this spectacular event…stay tuned!