Landscape Watering Reminder - September
Historic weather data shows
September with nothing much over 102-degrees, so we're
starting the month way above normal. Let's hope things
cool down this weekend as forecasted. If so, it should be OK to move to the schedule below.
Monsoon storms can be very
localized and a comparison of rainfall amounts across
the valley bears that out. The UofA
Arizona Meteorological Network
shows that in the month of August only 1.3 inches of
rain fell in west Mesa vs. 2.72 inches in north Phoenix
(Desert Ridge). Visit the
site and check out your closest weather station
results (click on Standard Reports, 2013 "Monthly").
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
Overseeding with winter ryegrass is for the birds.
They LOVE winter rye seed!
See more about overseeding below.
Summer grass (Bermuda) - once every 4-5 days
Overseeded cool season grass (rye)-4x per day for 1st 7-10 days
to germinate (October is a better time to seed)
If trees and shrubs are on the same valve:
Desert Adapted - once every 18 days
High Water Use - once every 9 days
Desert Adapted -once every 21 days
High Water Use - once every 10 days
Desert Adapted - once every 16 days
High Water Use - once every 7 days
Groundcover and vine watering:
Desert Adapted - once every 16 days
High Water Use - once every 5-6 days
Cacti and succulent watering - once every 28
Annual & vegetable watering - once every 3-4 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
WINTER RYE: September is when activities
BEGIN for seeding winter grass (we suggest not doing so
until October). And, once again, we encourage
all water customers to consider limiting, or forgoing, this
practice. Check out our
Top 10 Reasons Not
to Plant a Winter Lawn.
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professionals have over 20 hours of specialized landscape
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planting, design and pest management. The program is taught
by the U of A Cooperative Extension and sponsored by Valley
cities including Mesa. If you're looking for a landscaper, a
directory of Smartscape Trained professionals is now
TOP LANDSCAPE NEWS AND MORE:
Why is it important to end bad pruning? What are some
great reasons to convert from grass to Xeriscape? Check
out our August news at
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page to subscribe for these monthly topics.
FREE LANDSCAPE CD: Start
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garden gallery with hundreds of design ideas. SRP also
MESA URBAN GARDEN: Heck yea,
it's time to garden! If you don't want all the muss, fuss,
weeding, digging and amending, why not just rent a garden
bed from Mesa Urban Garden? Beds are ready for planting!
Soil, irrigation system and water are all included. Visit
MUG website for rental information.
How long should you run your irrigation?
Each time you water, be sure to water deeply (1 foot for
groundcovers, 2 feet for shrubs and 3 feet for trees). How
long is that? See our
landscape watering guide for a quick and easy way to
determine your run times. For example, a 10-foot diameter
tree would need about 59 gallons each time you water. If you
have three 2-gallon per hour emitters on that tree, your run
time would be 10 hours! Yikes! That's OK if your clock
allows, but you can drop your run time by adding emitters or
replacing your three 2 gallon per hour with 4 gallon per
hour (3x4=12 gallons per hour, 59/12 = a 5 hour run time).
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.