The Picacho Hills Master Landscape Plan project has come a long way since its inception in August, 2017. It wasn’t always easy, but we persevered. Before we could even begin with the actual landscape installation, we spent a year interviewing and hiring an architect to design the Master Plan, preparing and submitting plans to Dona Ana County for approval, obtaining permission from Dona Ana Water to landscape on their property, raising money through donations from our residents, and hiring contractors.
Now the work is well under way with the landscaping completed in the late summer of 2017 at Well Site 15 located at the corner of Picacho Hills Drive and Fairway Village Drive. Another couple years of plant growth and the obtrusive fencing around the well site will be completely screened out. Following this, the other corner of Fairway Village Drive and Picacho Hills Drive was landscaped in the spring of 2018. It should be noted that these 2 areas are the only areas that have the benefit of an irrigation system. The balance of the project has been designed implementing water harvesting techniques.
In the summer of 2018, two more areas received attention where boulders and desert plant material were installed. The first area being landscaped was located along Picacho Hills Drive at lower Miramontes across the street from well site 15. Shortly thereafter, landscaping began in the area along Barcelona Ridge Road coming down the hill from upper Miramontes. A water-harvesting pond with boulders was constructed, grading was performed to form smaller water-capturing depressions, a 400-foot section of the walking path was installed, and plants suited to non-irrigated, desert conditions were installed.
Also on the PHPOA’s list of accomplishments over the past year are the new reflective markers that were recently installed by Dona Ana County at the corner of Picacho Hills Drive and Fairway Village Drive. Prior to their replacement, the old markers were 3 different colors, 3 different styles, and some were broken and in need of repair or replacement. By working with the County, the PHPOA was able to convince them of the need for new markers. We would like to thank the County for their positive response.