Landscape Watering Reminder - October
The record rain on Sept. 27 should
have your established plants well watered for a week or
two. Temperatures have been cooling off
nicely after sundown and we may just be done with triple
digits for the year. With shorter days and
cooler nights, you can cut back the frequency of your
Fall is a great time to
plant, so be sure to go to your local nursery or
upcoming plant sales (see bonus tip below). If you're
thinking of overseeding your lawn with winter rye grass,
we've got two options: 1. Check out our
top ten reasons not to, and 2. If you're going to,
follow the advice below to keep the watering efficient.
Recommendations are for plants that are established in
the landscape (in the ground about 2 years).
Note: These recommendations are a general guideline only
and may need to be modified for your specific site
The Fall planting season has arrived! Learn about plant
sales, planting wildflower seeds and more in or bonus
Summer grass (Bermuda) - once every 6 days
Overseeded cool season grass (rye)-4x per day for 1st 7-10 days
to germinate, then once every 3
If trees and shrubs are on the same valve:
Desert Adapted - once every 21 days
High Water Use - once every 10 days
Desert Adapted -once every 24 days
High Water Use - once every 12 days
Desert Adapted - once every 18 days
High Water Use - once every 9 days
Groundcover and vine watering:
Desert Adapted - once every 18 days
High Water Use - once every 8 days
Cacti and succulent watering - once every 28
Annual & vegetable watering - once every 4-5 days
Wildflower watering - once every 1-2 days to
germinate, then once every 3-5 days
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 version or request a free copy of the booklet at
Oct. 18 from 5-9
p.m., be sure to stop by
Celebrate Mesa family event at
the Red Mountain Soccer Complex, 905 N. Sun Valley Blvd.
This free event will include a parade of costumes, games,
activities and more. Look for the City of Mesa Development &
Sustainability Department and play our toilet toss game to
win cool prizes!
Oct. 18 is our next
Hazardous Waste Event from 8 a.m. to Noon at the
East Mesa Service Center, 6935 E. Decatur. Collection events
are scheduled 4 times each year to collect paints, oil,
pesticides, batteries, CFLs, prescription drugs, tires,
electronics and appliances.
Green Streets Workshop! Help us plant a
water-harvesting demonstration landscape in front of Mesa
Urban Garden. 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 212 E. 1st. Ave.
Nov. 22, Free
Shade Trees by attending the
SRP Shade Tree workshop at the City of Mesa Red Mountain
Fall planting season has
arrived! Temperatures are cooler, and it's a great time to
replace plants you may have lost during the hot summer. For
fall planting, plant sales, and seed planting details check
out our October Sustainability Savings Tip:
Fall is the Best Time to Plant.
your address and we'll send you a free
packet of Sonoran Desert wildflower seeds!
Overseeding? Check out our
Top 10 Reasons Not
to Plant a Winter Lawn. If you're going to, keep it
efficient with this UofA publication called
Overseeding Winter Grasses.
Adjust your timer! If you haven't adjusted your clock in
a while, now is the time to do so. Water needs for plants
are about half as much as they were in June. Check out these
step-by-step instructions to reprogram your timer.
To register for monthly watering reminder emails, visit
www.Mesaaz.gov and click on
Email Alerts located in the
right navigation bar. Choose Landscape Watering Reminder, and
follow the registration instructions. You can remove your name
from the list at any time.
For more information about Mesa's water conservation
programs, visit www.Mesaaz.gov/conservation.