Your March Landscape Watering Reminder
Unfortunately, a dry spring has followed our dry winter. Our Dec., Jan., Feb. period only recorded .96 inch at Sky Harbor, a period that typically averages 2.71 inches of rain. March is a transitional month when warm days will nudge Bermuda grass and other cold-sensitive plants out of dormancy. This means plants will need to be watered more frequently. Many desert trees (such as mesquites, palo verdes and lysilomas) may look sparse, but it's normal! They will drop their leaves and leaf out with beautiful, fresh green leaves soon. It is likely not due to a watering issue.
Recommendations below are for plants that are established in the landscape (in the ground about 2 years).
- Dormant summer grass (Bermuda) - once every 12-14 days
- Overseeded cool season grass (rye) - once every 7 days
If trees and shrubs are on the same valve
- Desert Adapted – once every 25 days
- High Water Use – once every 11 days
- Desert Adapted – once every 30 days
- High Water Use – once every 12 days
Shrub, groundcover & vine watering
- Desert Adapted – once every 19 days
- High Water Use – once every 9 days
Cacti and succulent watering – once every 25 days
Annual and vegetable watering – once every 5-7 days
Native wildflowers – once every 8-10 days
Note: These recommendations are a general guideline only and may need to be modified for your specific site conditions.
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Fix a Leak Week is March 19-25 and EPA will help you detect and chase down leaks!
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PLANT SALES! Find a great selection of native and water thrifty plants.
April 14, 8 a.m. – Noon: Household Hazardous Waste Collection – It's great weather to clean out the garage. Bring your items such as pesticides, paint, appliances and chemicals that you no longer use and we'll provide safe disposal. 2412 N. Center Street.
**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 at www.wateruseitwisely.com.
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Many desert trees drop their leaves just before leafing out with new growth.