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Living Green Events for August

RAIN! Can you turn your irrigation OFF?

Post Date:08/04/2017 6:43 PM

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  • IMAGINE MESA: Do you have some great ideas for green initiatives? Imagine Mesa's future. No matter the idea, someone, somewhere can be the spark. From amazing new parks and safe neighborhoods to growing our local economy and promoting "green" initiatives, City leaders are looking for your bright ideas...
  • Pure Brew: Campaign Promotes Future Source of Drinking Water: A couple dozen Arizona craft breweries will bring their beers to Phoenix in September to vie for a professional judge’s choice award and a people’s choice award. Here’s why this particular beer competition is big news: The competing brewers are making their beers with purified recycled wastewater…
  • Save Your Trees from Monsoon Damage: Monsoon season is upon us and one important change you can make to help prevent ‘wind throw” (trees blowing over) has to do with watering. You should…
  • Yes, Virginia, There Are Rules for Using Gray Water: In Arizona, gray water has been determined to be safe for irrigation of outdoor landscaping — even certain food-producing types of vegetation — as long as you follow some…
  • Plant of the Month – Creosote Bush: Creosote Bush works well in revegetated or naturalistic desert landscapes. Plants can be massed for screening. They can also be used singly to showcase their distinctive form. A plain background…
  • 10 Reasons Why Artificial Turf May Not Be What You’re Looking For: It seems like the perfect solution. Replace thirsty lawns with something that plays the part yet is perfectly (un)dead and therefore requires no water, no maintenance, and no sweat. But the story of artificial turf is not as simple…
  • Your Better Bathroom is Closer Than You Think: Bathrooms are by far the largest water users in the home, accounting for 60 percent of all indoor water use. Whether you are making...



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  • Sep. 30Mesa Urban Garden Open House & Volunteer Fair! Want to learn more about the Mesa Urban Garden? Looking for a great place to learn more about gardening or lease a bed? Want to help contribute to your community directly with your time & talents?
  • Lease a bed today. Plant a summer monsoon garden or be ready for the fall season. Contact Laurie at 480-202-3022 or
  • Have you seen the Little Free Library at MUG? Take a book – Return a book. Actually, we NEED books. Ready to recycle some at home? Just drop off at the library.

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CAN IT BE RECYCLED? Disposable plastic cups and “clamshell” food containers are ACCEPTABLE items in the blue barrel. So are plastic water bottles, yogurt, cottage cheese, margarine & whipped topping containers. Recycle Right. It Matters.

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, our Top 10 reasons to take out your grass, and our brochure Good Reasons to Take Out Your Grass.

MINIMIZE THE IMPACT OF POOL BACKWASH – Did you know that chlorine, bromine, algaecides and more are found in pool water? That’s why cities do not want residents to drain pool backwash into the street or storm drains. Backwash may eventually drain into urban lakes or streams where compounds can be toxic to fish and other aquatic life. Learn more.

LOOKING FOR LANDSCAPING IDEAS OR WHAT TO PLANT FOR FALL? First, check out our 10-Part Drab to Fab Backyard Rehab video series. Then, check out all of the Plant of the Month’s at Water - Use It Wisely.

BIKE MAPS: Find the latest Mesa Bike Map and even a Valleywide Bike Map on Mesa’s website.


  • 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. 21: Celebrate the Solar Eclipse at ASU. Look no further astronomy lovers, the School of Earth and Space Exploration at ASU is hosting a Solar Eclipse 2017 viewing experience from 9 a.m. to noon. Join them for this rare, celestial event to peer through solar telescopes and sport brand-new, free, ASU solar-safe viewing glasses. Plus, there will be live NASA coverage, too. Don’t miss out on this fun, free, safe — no burning corneas here — solar eclipse viewing experience. Note: The Mesa Community College Planetarium may also have an event scheduled.
  • Aug. 23: FELLED. Free film screening of a locally produced film that chronicles the journey of an urban pine tree saved from the landfill by two woodworkers who give the tree new meaning as a family dinner table. The film highlights reducing waste and the growing urban lumber movement. 6:30 p.m. Harkins Valley Art Theater, Tempe.
  • Sept. 14: Fall Vegetable Gardening: Master Gardener Pam Perry will show you how to grow fresh produce in your garden in the low desert year-round. The cost to attend is $20.



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