Your July Landscape Watering Reminder
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).
- 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
- Desert Adapted - once every 16 days
- High Water Use - once every 8 days
- 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.
++ BONUS TIPS ++
$$$ JULY $ustainability $avings Tip $$$ DRAB TO FAB BACKYARD REHAB Four steps to take your yard from drab to fabulous
- Read our July Sustainability Savings Tip [PDF}
- Watch our 10-part video series
- Who won this year’s Drab to Fab contest? Paul M. from Tempe was our lucky winner with 11,576 entries for the $9K makeover package. We can’t wait to start working on this one.
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:
- Find out about our $500 rebate.
- Check out our Top 10 reasons to take out your grass.
- Learn more about Xeriscape at the Water – Use It Wisely toolkit page, then click on "Landscape Care & Guides."
IT’S SWIMMING POOL SEASON!
- Drain or backwash your pool while protecting the environment.
- 2,600 gallons a month is lost to evaporation in summer. Check out our Water Saving Tips to Keep the Splash in Your Pool
- 5 Ways to Cut Pool Water Loss is a blog with some great tips.
- Is your pool leaking? Check out SRP’s helpful video on how to do a simple bucket to check your pool for leaks.
~ MARK YOUR CALENDAR ~
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. 30 – Smartscape 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.
- Learn more about our sustainability programs!
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- Learn more about our water conservation and recycling programs
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