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Your January Landscape Watering Reminder

Post Date:01/03/2018 6:15 PM

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 use the leaves in your compost pile.  Mesa offers our residents a $5 compost bin made from a repurposed trash container.

Recommendations below are for plants that are established in the landscape (in the ground about two years). 

Lawn watering

  • Summer grass (dormant 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

Tree watering

  • Desert Adapted - once every 45 days
  • High Water Use - once every 21 days

Shrub, groundcover & vine watering

  • Desert Adapted - once every 30 days
  • High Water Use - once every 14 days

Cacti and succulent watering – if needed

Annuals watering - once every 10 days

Wildflower watering – once every 15 days

Note: These recommendations are a general guideline only and may need to be modified for your specific site conditions.


There's still time to TREEcycle! Christmas tree recycling drop-off sites will be open through January 14th.

EAST VALLEY CITRUS CLINIC University of Arizona faculty and Master Gardeners and industry experts teach you all about citrus and more on Sat, Jan. 20, 8:30 a.m. to Noon at Greenfield Citrus Nursery in Mesa. Learn about all aspects of growing citrus, fruits and nuts in the Valley. Rain or shine. Tasting table and 102 citrus varieties on display.

HOW TO GROW THE PERFECT TOMATO IN THE LOW DESERT, is offered on Thur, Feb. 1, 6-8 p.m. by UofA Master Gardeners. Taught by Carol Stuttard, one of AZ’s most knowledgeable gardeners.

Registration IS Now Open for SRP’s 11th Annual Water Conservation Expo! Sat, Mar. 3, at SRP’s PERA Club. SRP water and power customers can purchase a SMART controller, attend a class and learn from exhibitors. This year they are two controller options to purchase, 1. Rain Bird ESP-SMTe for $50 ($330 value) or 2. Rachio Smart controller, Wi-Fi enabled for $50 ($250 value). Expo is free but you must register to reserve a controller to purchase! Oh, and Dave the Garden Guy will be there, too!

JANUARY TIP: Reduce Your Food Miles with Gardening, CSA’s and Community Gardens. Check out our Sustainability Savings Tip to learn more. Are you a Locavore? [PDF]

MESA URBAN GARDEN (MUG) – 212 E. 1st Ave. There’s lots going on:

  • COMPOST, MULCH & ROCK, Jan. 20 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Catherine, The Herb Lady will talk about use of mulches in your garden, including ‘patience mulch’, but will also include a garden book swap and seed bank giveaway.
  • HANDS ON FRUIT TREE PRUNING WITH CLAUD CLUFF, Jan. 27 from 9-11:30 a.m. Learn how to trim different fruit trees, how it differs from trimming shade trees, and how it can increase fruit production. Registration, $15, proceeds donated to MUG and Trees Matter.
  • SHADE TREE PRUNING 101 with STEVE PRIEBE, Feb. 3 from 9-11:30 a.m. Learn simple basics for proper pruning to keep your shade trees healthy and beautiful. This class will consist of one-hour of classroom instruction followed by 90 minutes of outdoor instruction at MUG. Registration, $15, proceeds donated to MUG and Trees Matter.
**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 site or request a free copy of the booklet.

SRP Water Conservation Expo, Smart Controllers















The SRP Water Conservation Expo will have local experts, classes and screaming deals on controllers!


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