Landscape Watering Reminder - January
Light rains were nice on New Year's Eve, but our last
appreciable rain was Dec. 4. Warmer temps and dry
conditions are in the immediate forecast, so it's a good
idea to give your plants a thorough irrigation if you
haven't watered lately. Plants in general tolerate frost
better when adequately watered and pines especially
benefit from winter moisture.
Leaf yellowing or leaf drop occurs naturally this time
of year to plants such as palo verdes, mesquites, desert
willows, elms, ash, and Texas sage. Leaf-litter provides
beneficial mulch for your plants or add the leaves to
pile. See below for more details.
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
Plants like Desert Willows lose their leaves completely
during the winter months.
Photo by Donna
Summer grass (Bermuda) - once every 30 days
Overseeded cool season grass (rye) - once every 10 -14 days
If trees and shrubs are on the same valve:
Desert Adapted - once every 35 days
High Water Use - once every 18 days
Desert Adapted -once every 45 days
High Water Use - once every 21 days
Desert Adapted - once every 30 days
High Water Use - once every 14 days
Groundcover and vine watering:
Desert Adapted - once every 28 days
High Water Use - once every 14 days
Cacti and succulent watering - if needed
Annual & vegetable watering - once every
Wildflower watering - once every 10 -15 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.
Leaf litter is great to mix in with
your kitchen scraps to make compost! Mesa provides composters made
from recycled trash bins for $5. Find more details and
tips for composting on the
Solid Waste web page.
There's still time to TREEcycle!
Christmas tree recycling drop-off sites will be open
through January 18th. To find the nearest location,
Citrus Collection for United Food Bank:
You've watered it, fertilized it and cared for it. Now
if you can't eat it all, the City of Mesa Neighborhood
Outreach, in partnership with United Food Bank, has
scheduled 3 Saturdays for residents to drop off extra
Fri. Jan. 16, 6-11 p.m. Mesa Urban Garden invites
you to celebrate the beginning of their 3rd amazing year
in downtown Mesa with some of the greatest artists and
musicians in Arizona. Join them for an enchanted evening
of visual art and live music.
East Valley Citrus Clinic on Sat.
Jan. 17, 8:30 a.m. to Noon at Greenfield Citrus Nursery.
A unique event with tastings, maintenance advice and
more. Sponsored by UofA Master Gardeners.
Urban Farming, Healthy Food and Healthy Living,
Thur. Jan. 22, 6-8 p.m. at Mesa Community College. Take
advantage of this free program. This will be a year-long
monthly program with topics like aquaponics, composting,
healthy cooking and more.
Smartscape Landscape Training for Professionals
includes 20 hours of specialized training in the areas
of irrigation, plant material, planting, design, plant
problems (and solutions) as well as pest management.
Each class is taught by local experts. The next training
series will take place from Feb. 2nd to the 25th. Learn
more about the program or how to register at the
Go to the same site to hire a Smartscape professional!
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