Landscape Watering Reminder - July
Our last significant rain was March 1st. With such
dry conditions and high temps, even some of the desert plants
are looking stressed. Upcoming monsoon clouds and increased
humidity will be easier on plants.
Shop for a rain gauge if you
don't have one (empty the dust out if you do) as monsoon
storms are localized. Turn your irrigation off if you
get at least 1/2" of rain. See our tips below to learn
about grass removal and rainwater harvesting - both will
save you water and money!
Note: These recommendations are a general guideline
only and may need to be modified for your specific site
Recommendations are for plants that are established in
the landscape (in the ground about 2 years).
Don't make this mistake! Instead of letting rainfall go down the drain,
learn how to
capture this valuable resource below.
Summer grass (Bermuda) - once every 3 days
Overseeded cool season grass (rye)-grass dies out
If trees and shrubs are on the same valve:
Desert Adapted - once every 14 days
High Water Use - once every 7 days
Desert Adapted -once every 16 days
High Water Use - once every 8 days
Desert Adapted - once every 12 days
High Water Use - once every 5 days
Groundcover and vine watering:
Desert Adapted - once every 12 days
High Water Use - once every 4 days
Cacti and succulent watering - once every 21
Annual & vegetable watering - once every 2-3 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. See the example
below Visit the
interactive Web version or request a free copy of the booklet at
Converting your grass to
Xeriscape in summer is best because it's easiest to
kill the grass when it is actively growing. Mesa has
resources to help:
-Find out about our
-Check out our Top 10 reasons to
take out your
-Learn more about
our Water - Use It Wisely site.
Rainwater is a clean, salt-free source
of water that contains many beneficial ingredients for
plants. Check out our
Top 5 Reasons to Collect Rainwater for Your Landscape.
- Rain amounts vary greatly
across the Valley. So, if you are not sure how much fell in
your yard, visit
www.rainlog.org to see what your neighborhood weather
High Water Bill? Check out our
High Water Use Action Plan!
How long should you run your irrigation?
Each time you water, be sure to water deeply. About 1-foot
for groundcover, 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 2-foot diameter
shrub would need about 4 gallons of water each time you
water. If you have a 1-gallon per hour emitter on that
shrub, your run time would be 4 hours!
SMARTSCAPE is a training program for
landscape professionals taught by the University of Arizona
Cooperative Extension and sponsored by Valley cities
including Mesa. The summer class starts August 5 in Gilbert.
Are you looking for a landscaper? A
directory of Smartscape Trained professionals is now
SHADE (Southwest Horticulture Annual
Day of Education) is a conference and marketplace for
landscape and nursery professionals. It will be held on Aug.
15 at The Renaissance Glendale. Cass Turnbull from Seattle's
Amnesty will be just one of the great presenters! Their
mission: Working to end the senseless torture and mutilation
of trees and shrubs.
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.