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Find Out Why Las Vegas Residents Trust Showcase!

Homeowners new and old know that curb appeal can make or break the value of a home. Your landscaping is also a very real reflection of you.

That’s why it’s so important to keep your landscaping in order with regular maintenance (or perhaps a complete overhaul). However, choosing the right service is no easy feat unless, of course, you choose Showcase Land & Care.

We have a reputation of being the best landscaping service in Las Vegas for a reason. Furthermore, we have the experience to back it up.

Over the course of the past 10 years, Showcase has completed more than 70,000 landscaping services and maintenance visits. We’ve also done more than 5,000 full renovations and installations across the valley.

In fact, we are so sure you’ll be happy with our services, our president offers you a promise:

“We are so confident that you’ll be thrilled by your experience with Showcase, that we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all of your maintenance services.”

Kyle Lewis, President

Check out this video from the President of Showcase Land & Care:

So, what are you waiting for? Every yard can use a little sprucing. Give us a call today at 702.531.6789 to see exactly what Showcase can do for you.

Climbing Plants & Vines for Las Vegas Landscape

Living in the hot city of Las Vegas severely limits your ability to garden, however, it doesn’t eliminate it entirely. There are plenty of gorgeous vines and other climbing plants that actually flourish in hot, dry climates.

Pink Trumpet

This plant originated in South Africa, so you can be sure it enjoys the desert heat. The vine grows slowly at first and needs to be immediately tied to a trellis. After a few years, the growth will speed up rapidly. Maintaining this vine is fairly simple, as it just needs to be watered every so often.

Trumpet Creeper

This plant comes from the eastern US, so it’s fairly easy to find. The vine is self-attaching and contains vibrant yellow and orange flowers. In a single year, the vine can grow as much as 40 feet. Because of how quickly it grows, it needs to be planted in a large container right beside a trellis. It can withstand both the heat and cold, but needs more water to maintain its growth during the summer.

Hall’s Honeysuckle

This is yet another plant with flowers shaped like trumpets that grows extremely fast. It flourishes most during the summer and produces a heavenly fragrance. During the winter, the vines should be cut down.


This plant will only grow in a hot climate if it is maintained properly. It should be planted by a trellis in a sheltered corner. Make sure the roots are kept cool, especially when temperatures exceed 100 degrees. Placing a large, flat rock or tile over the roots can prevent the soil from heating up.

Plant Cat’s Claw

In a short amount of time, this vine can reach well over a three story building. It self-attaches, even to hot walls during the summer. The vines will start blooming yellow flowers during the spring. This plant tolerates drought extremely well, but it can be difficult to maintain.

Cape Honeysuckle

Of all these vines listed, this one is the best climbing plant to use on pergolas and arbors, especially in hot weather. It needs very little water to maintain its beauty throughout the entire summer. In a single season, it will grow as much as 25 feet. This plant can also be grown as a shrub.


Lilac, white, blue and lavender-pink flowers will begin popping up in early summer. It only needs moderate water and can flourish in alkaline soil. The plant doesn’t require much fertilizer, but does need to be pruned often.


There are several varieties of grapes that enjoy the hot climate, including Thompson Seedless, Golden Muscat and the Alden. This can be a little harder to maintain during the summer because the soil needs to be kept constantly moist. During the summer, not as many grapes will be produced, but the plant will still add beauty to your Las Vegas landscape.

If you need help maintaining your landscape, the experts at Showcase Land Care can help you. With over 35 years of experience, they can provide quality maintenance for your yard. For more information about landscape services in Las Vegas, contact 702.531.6789.

Save on your water bill

Las Vegas during the summer time is unreasonably hot. Because of the insane weather, the desert is in a drought, which is why it’s extremely important to be aware of watering restrictions. From May 1 until Aug. 31, you are allowed to water your plants every day of the week. However, this doesn’t mean you should drown them. Doing so could kill your plants, and will cause your water bill to go through the roof. Follow these tips for managing your Las Vegas landscape during the summer to keep your plants looking good and your water bill manageable.

Don’t water every day

Cutting out just one day of watering per week can reduce your bill as much as 15 percent. Your plants should not suffer if you only water them six days a week.

Only water when allowed

It is important for Las Vegas residents to know that it is prohibited to water from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., from May 1 until Oct. 1. High temperatures make the water evaporate, effectively canceling out watering efforts. Watering in the early-morning hours before sunrise will save you more money than watering late at night.

Be selective of your plants

Regardless of how much you water them, some plants will die in the Las Vegas sun. Before designing your landscape, do research of plants that are native to the Las Vegas climate. This will mean less watering and maintenance for you, and a great chance of survival for your plants. It’s also important to remember that warm season grasses require as much as one-third less water than Tall Fescue grass.

Observe your landscape

Pay attention to the areas of your landscape that receive more shade, as these areas may require less water than the others. If most of your yard is covered by shade during the day, you could dramatically decrease the amount of water it needs.

Water in short cycles

Water your plants in three short cycles instead of one long cycle, with each watering at least one hour apart. The Southern Nevada Water Authority recommends only four minutes for each watering.

Mow your lawn

Keeping your grass short will require less water use. For Bermuda grass, maintain your lawn at 1 ½” and for Tall Fescue grass, maintain your lawn at 2 ½”.

Take care of brown spots

If there are any brown spots on your lawn, water them yourself. Brown spots could be an indication that something is wrong with your irrigation system. Your sprinklers could be improperly spaced or have blocked spray patterns, so make sure each of the sprinkler heads are the same type and are working properly. Also, check that the sprinkler heads are perpendicular to the lawn, and not with sidewalks or walls. If your grass is too tall and blocking the spray, cut the grass.

If you need help maintaining your lawn in the summer, you should seek the help of a Las Vegas landscape company. The landscapers at Showcase Land Care will design landscapes that will flourish in the Vegas heat while maintaining aesthetic appeal. For more information about landscaping services, contact 702.531.6789.

Las Vegas landscape: trees

Trees can be a beautiful addition to your Las Vegas landscape. They can provide shade for children playing outside during the summer. They also add an aesthetic beauty that other plant life won’t. There are a few things to consider when choosing the type of trees to add to your desert landscape.

You need to keep in mind the size of the tree. When you first plant it, the tree will likely be very small and cute. You need to consider the size it has the potential to grow. A small Aleppo pine tree can look nice in your yard at first. In a few years when it grows to its full 60 feet, it isn’t going to be safe next to your house. This is especially true for power lines. Power companies are legally required to keep their lines at least 10 feet above any trees. If they interfere, it could be a fire hazard. As a resident, you need to look out for power lines when you are planting a tree. The size of the tree could also throw off the aesthetics of your Las Vegas landscape. If you have a very small yard and a huge 40-foot tree taking over the entire yard, it isn’t going to look too flattering. It needs to be proportional in order for it to be aesthetically pleasing.

Your trees also need to be properly trimmed. Not only will trimming your trees keep them looking good, but it can also prevent them from growing to hazardous heights. It is imperative that the trimming is done correctly by professionals. Quality Las Vegas landscapers will trim the trees branches back to a fork. There needs to be a reason why each cut is being made. Typically for desert trees, it is to allow room for people to walk or drive under them. Landscapers with a lot of experience will know not to trim more than 25 percent off the tree. If any more is taken off, the tree won’t look as good.

Watering needs to be done properly. This is especially true for Las Vegas landscape. The desert is very hot, and it hardly ever rains. Even in cooler seasons, you need to remember to water your trees. The water needs to reach about 18 inches under the surface of the soil. This will ensure that the tree is getting enough water to drink. The frequency of the watering is determined by the type of tree and soil. A good indicator that the tree needs to be watered is when the leaves die and fall off. You need to cover the majority of the roots when you water the tree. For the most effective way to water, pour it away from the trunk of the tree.

The Las Vegas landscapers at Showcase Land Care are well-trained. They can help you pick out the best type of trees that will look best in your yard. They can design your ideal landscape at an affordable price. For more information, contact 702.531.6789.

Las Vegas landscape awards

On June 5, winners were announced for the 16th annual Southern Nevada Landscape Awards. The awards were created by the Southern Nevada Water Authority and the Springs Preserve to award people that had water efficient landscape. Over half the water used in Southern Nevada is for landscaping purposes. The award is to encourage more people to use water efficient landscape in their yard. The award recognizes the most aesthetically pleasing Las Vegas landscape.

This year the Southern Nevada Landscape Awards recognized the late Linn Mills. He was a horticulturalist and worked closely with the Springs Preserve. There was a vegetable garden in memory of his featured at the awards ceremony.

The panel of judges formed for the SNWA and the Springs Preserve make their decision based on the overall beauty of the landscape, efficient water use, plant selection and design. Some of the landscapes judged use less than 75 percent less water than an average lawn. Since the inception of the awards, thousands of Southern Nevada businesses and residents have redone their landscape to be water efficient. More than 163 million square feet of lawn have been converted. Together about 8.8 billion gallons of water are saved annually.

The first place winner for a residential home designed by a homeowner was Ryan Mendre. His 2,000 square foot yard uses various types of cacti. Mendre stated, “I’m constantly having people — strangers — stopping to take pictures.  My kids will say, ‘Dad, there’s somebody in the front yard again taking pictures.’ … I even had a production company for movies and TV commercials come by and talk to me. They said they’d like to use it in something one day.”

The commercial design awarded first place was the Nevada Department of Transportation designed by Stantec. Second place was awarded to Charlie Frias Park designed by Clark County Public Works.

There were awards given to residential homes designed by a professional. First place was awarded to the Warden residence. There landscape was designed by Lage Design. The second and third place winners were both designed by Schilling Horticulture Group, which is a Water Smart contractor.

Two awards of excellence for community garden were given out. The recipients were Vegas Roots Community Garden and John S. Park Elementary School.

The first place winner for HOA design was awarded to Desert Shores Community Association. The second place winner was Sahara West Apartments for its outdoor common area. The apartment complex used to have tennis courts that were falling apart. It was replaced with an entertainment plaza that residents can use to watch movies, barbeque or simply relax. The property’s community director stated, “It was really exciting, winning an award like this. It was a major project, took months to do. We were thrilled with the outcome, and to all of a sudden win an award for it was just fantastic.”

If you are looking to spruce up your landscape, Showcase Land Care can help you. There well-trained staff can create the landscape you desire. They can even design a water efficient landscape that could get you in the running for next year’s awards. For more information about Las Vegas landscapers, contact 702.531.6789.