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Your July Landscape Watering Reminder

Post Date:07/05/2017 10:17 AM

Scorching high temps have been tough on plants. In case you missed it, see our special news alert we sent out in mid June about preparing your landscape for summer's sizzle. It's looking hopeful that monsoon clouds and increased humidity is moving in - making it much easier on plants.

Shop for a rain gauge if you don't have one (or empty the dust out if you do) as monsoon storms are localized. Turn your irrigation off if you get at least 1/2" of rain. See our tips below to learn about grass removal and rainwater harvesting - both will save you water and money!

These recommendations are for plants that are established in the landscape (in the ground about 2 years).

Lawn watering

  • Summer grass (Bermuda) - once every 3 days
  • Overseeded cool season grass (rye) – grass dies out

If trees and shrubs are on the same valve

  • Desert Adapted - once every 14 days
  • High Water Use - once every 7 days

Tree watering

  • Desert Adapted - once every 16 days
  • High Water Use - once every 8 days

Shrub watering

  • Desert Adapted - once every 12 days
  • High Water Use - once every 5 days

Groundcover and vine watering

  • Desert Adapted - once every 12 days
  • High Water Use - once every 4 days

Cacti and succulent watering - once every 21 days

Annual & vegetable watering - once every 2-3 days

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


$$$ JULY $ustainability $avings Tip $$$ DRAB TO FAB BACKYARD REHAB Four steps to take your yard from drab to fabulous

It WILL rain again… it WILL rain again… it’s been 57 days since our last rain. Are the monsoon’s coming? Be optimistic and check out our rainwater harvesting page. When it rains, it pours… and it’s free!

CORDIA is the Plant of the Month, check out the heat-tolerant plant with papery white flowers that make you feel cooler in summer.July is SMART irrigation Month. Learn about resources, how to hire a pro, how to water and more.

IT’S THE PERFECT TIME TO KILL YOUR GRASS! Converting your grass to Xeriscape in summer is best because it's easiest to kill the grass when it is actively growing. Mesa has resources to help:



Aug. 12: SRP Shade Tree Planting Workshop – Get two free shade trees from SRP to reduce cooling costs, improve air quality and lower the urban heat effect without using a lot of water! You’ll also learn about planting and caring for trees. RSVPbecause it fills up quickly. Two classes, 8 or 10 a.m. at Mesa Community College Dobson Campus. Those who attend the class can pick up their free trees on Sept. 16 to plant in their yard – a cooler time to plant. (Note: There is also a Phoenix workshop on July 29).

Aug. 17: Desert Edibles Master Gardener Kelly Athena will show you how to identify, when to harvest and how to preserve natural foods such as barrel cactus, desert lavender, and creosote.. The cost to attend is $20.

Aug. 7 – Aug. 30Smartscape is a training program for landscape professionals taught by the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension and sponsored by Valley cities including Mesa. Are you looking for a landscaper? A directory of Smartscape Trained professionals is also available. Smartscape graduates have 20 hours of professional landscape training in the areas of irrigation, plant material, planting, design, plant problems (and solutions) as well as pest management. Check out how to select landscape professionals.

Aug. 31 SHADE (Southwest Horticulture Annual Day of Education) is a conference and marketplace for landscape and nursery professionals. It will be held on at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix. Topics include design, trees, irrigation and pest management taught by some of the best local experts.


Lisa O Drab to Fab before & after


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