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Your February Landscape Watering Reminder

Post Date:02/10/2017 6:17 PM

Recent conditions have been unseasonably warm – a little more typical for March. However, the 70- to 80-degree temps are perfect for some irrigation repairs or upgrades. For trees, moving emitters out to the drip line as they grow or adding more emitters is a good idea. It's also a perfect time to check emitters to ensure that they are working properly and that you don't have any leaks in the system. When you're testing the irrigation, you'll be giving added moisture to your plants. Get our Irrigation Maintenance Checklist [PDF].

Recommendations below are for plants that are established in the landscape (in the ground about two years).


Lawn watering

  • Summer grass (Bermuda) - once every 21 days
  • Overseeded cool season grass (rye) – once every 7-9 days

If trees and shrubs are on the same valve

  • Desert Adapted - once every 28 days
  • High Water Use - once every 12 days

Tree watering

  • Desert Adapted - once every 36 days
  • High Water Use - once every 14 days

Shrub watering

  • Desert Adapted - once every 21 days
  • High Water Use - once every 10 days

Groundcover and vine watering

  • Desert Adapted - once every 21 days
  • High Water Use - once every 10 days

Cacti and succulent watering – once every 28 days

Annuals watering - once every 6-9 days

Wildflower watering – once every 9-12 days

Note: These recommendations are a general guideline only and may need to be modified for your specific site conditions.

++ BONUS TIPS  ++

Sat. Feb. 11 from 7-10 p.m. LUNA LLENA (FULL MOON) FESTIVAL Join us to celebrate the start of the 5th year of Mesa Urban Garden. Enjoy live music, art, food and much more! Free and activities for all ages. Located at 212 E. 1st Avenue in the downtown area.

Thur. Mar. 2 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Green Living Magazine March Issue Launch Party. Promoting community for a night of fun where you can meet and mingle with like-minded eco-conscious people, enter to win eco-friendly door prizes and enjoy appetizers and drinks from local vendors. You’ll also learn about downtown Mesa restaurants, breweries, businesses, colleges, attractions and sustainability efforts. Location: Benedictine University, 225 E. Main Street.

Sat. Mar. 4. Registration IS Now Open for SRP’s 10th Annual Water Conservation Expo! SRP water and power customers can purchase a Rain Bird smart irrigation controller at a greatly reduced price ($50 vs. $314) at the event. Installing a smart irrigation controller can provide water use savings of at least 20% more than traditional controllers!

Check out Water - Use It Wisely's Plant of the Month feature on Texas Mountain Laurel to see how much beauty this easy-to-grow evergreen shrub can add to your landscape. Get stories like this and more water conservation tips straight to your inbox! Sign up for Water – Use It Wisely's enewsletter and you'll even have a chance to win a $50 gift card. Winners are announced every month!

WHAT’S THE STATUS OF OUR DRY CONDITIONS? SRP Reservoirs are showing mild improvements. The SRP total reservoir system is 64% full (compared to 54% in 2016). Check out the SRP Daily Water Report. The CAP total reservoir system is holding at 49%, same as last year and the year before. Here's the Lower Colorado Report.


 **Reduce your landscape watering 30 to 50 percent by adjusting your irrigation each season.** “Landscape Watering by the Numbers: A Guide for the Arizona Desert” will help you determine how much water to apply and how long to run your system. Visit the interactive Web site or request a free copy of the booklet. 

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