Saturday, June 3, 2017

June's Watering Reminder

From the City of Mesa:

Lawn watering
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

Tree watering
Desert Adapted - once every 16 days
High Water Use - once every 8 days

Shrub watering
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 days

Annual & vegetable watering - once every 1-3 days

Note: These recommendations are for plants that are established in the landscape (in the ground about 2 years) and are a general guideline only and may need to be modified for your specific site conditions.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

May's Watering Reminder

From the City of Mesa:

Mid-May through October is considered our summer season. Bermuda grass and many landscape plants may look a little stressed as they transition from our spring to summer temperatures.

Humidity levels are low and there are lots of windy days. What this means for plants is a lot of moisture gets lost from the soil surface and through the leaves. Make sure you are giving plants a good drink of water, especially during or after a dry, windy day (don’t use sprinklers during windy days).

Recommendations below are for plants that are established in the landscape (in the ground about 2 years).

Lawn watering
Summer grass (Bermuda) – once every 4-5 days
Overseeded cool season grass (rye) – once every 3 days

If trees and shrubs are on the same valve
Desert Adapted – once every 17 days
High Water Use – once every 8 days

Tree watering
Desert Adapted – once every 20 days
High Water Use – once every 10 days

Shrub watering
Desert Adapted – once every 14 days
High Water Use – once every 6 days

Groundcover and vine watering
Desert Adapted – once every 14 days
High Water Use – once every 6 days

Cacti and succulent watering – once every 24 days

Annuals watering – once every 3-4 days

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

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

April's Watering Reminder

From the City of Mesa:

Looks like we’ll be getting typical April weather, at least for the near future, with upper 80’s to low 90’s and creeping up later in the month. April through June is typically our drier period with low humidity and little chance of rain as temperatures warm up. It is a critical time to be providing irrigation as many plants are flushing out with new growth.

Find our checklist for the month, Prepare Your Landscape for Summer's Sizzle! Recommendations below are for plants that are established in the landscape (in the ground about 2 years).


Lawn watering
Summer grass (Bermuda) - once every 7 days
Overseeded cool season grass (rye) - once every 4 days

If trees and shrubs are on the same valve

Desert Adapted – once every 20 days
High Water Use – once every 10 days

Tree watering

Desert Adapted – once every 24 days
High Water Use – once every 12 days

Shrub watering

Desert Adapted – once every 16 days
High Water Use – once every 8 days


Groundcover and vine watering
Desert Adapted – once every 16 days
High Water Use – once every 8 days

Cacti and succulent watering - once every 28 days 

Annuals watering - once every 4 days 

Wildflower watering - once every 7 days

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

Thursday, March 2, 2017

March's Watering Reminder

From the City of Mesa:

A series of storms brought most areas a half-inch of rain or more on Tuesday. This is perfect weather for March since it is a transitional month when warm days will nudge Bermuda grass and other cold-sensitive plants out of dormancy. Having moisture available when new growth is emerging is important for a healthy start before heat sets in, and with the rains, you don’t need to provide the moisture with your irrigation system.

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 (see photo below). It is not due to a watering issue.

Lawn watering

Dormant summer grass (Bermuda) - once every 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 12 days

Tree watering

Desert Adapted – once every 30 days
High Water Use – once every 14 days

Shrub watering

Desert Adapted – once every 21 days
High Water Use – once every 10 days

Groundcover and vine watering

Desert Adapted – once every 21 days
High Water Use – once every 10 days

Cacti and succulent watering – once every 28 days

Annual and vegetable watering – once every 5-6 days

Native wildflowers – once every 10 days

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Monday, February 13, 2017

February Watering Reminder

From the City of Mesa:

Recent conditions have been unseasonably warm – a little more typical for March. However, the 70- to 80-degree temps are perfect for some irrigation repairs or upgrades. For trees, moving emitters out to the drip line as they grow or adding more emitters is a good idea. It's also a perfect time to check emitters to ensure that they are working properly and that you don't have any leaks in the system. When you're testing the irrigation, you'll be giving added moisture to your plants. 

Get the Irrigation Maintenance Checklist [PDF].

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

Lawn watering

Summer grass (Bermuda) - once every 21 days
Overseeded cool season grass (rye) – once every 7-9 days

If trees and shrubs are on the same valve

Desert Adapted - once every 28 days
High Water Use - once every 12 days

Tree watering

Desert Adapted - once every 36 days
High Water Use - once every 14 days

Shrub watering

Desert Adapted - once every 21 days
High Water Use - once every 10 days

Groundcover and vine watering

Desert Adapted - once every 21 days
High Water Use - once every 10 days

Cacti and succulent watering – once every 28 days

Annuals watering - once every 6-9 days

Wildflower watering – once every 9-12 days

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


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

Date: 02/04/2017
Time:8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location:
East Mesa Service Center
6935 E. Decatur St.
Mesa, Arizona 85207

Residents are encouraged to bring in their household hazardous waste, electronics and appliances to this free event.  Collected material will be recycled or disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner.  More information

**TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Decatur St. will be temporarily closed. Event traffic should enter through Adobe St. via northbound Power Rd. Access to Adobe St. from southbound Power Rd. will be restricted.

Friday, December 2, 2016

LIGHT the WORLD

LIGHT the World



In 25 ways. Over 25 Days. What a wonderful Advent idea.

#LIGHTtheWORLD

December's Watering Reminder

December watering reminder from the City of Mesa:

Because December is cool and day length is short, plant water usage is at its lowest point. Learn in our Water – Use It Wisely news, Ten Tips for Winter Watering.

Our typical first frost is around Dec. 12. If you want to be prepared for a cold snap, learn how to protect your plants from frost in a University of Arizona publication. For frost warning advisories, visit the National Weather Service Phoenix Web site and click on "Read watches, warnings and advisories." Keep in mind that plants that are not water stressed tolerate frost better.

Recommendations below are for plants that are established in the landscape (in the ground about 2 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 watering

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

Annuals watering - once every 7-10 days

Wildflower watering - once every 10-15 days (if no rain)

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


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Monday, November 28, 2016

Garden Trains



Don't miss the trains this year. See the locations and schedule at Arizona Big Train Operators, Friday and Saturday, Dec 9/10 and 16/17.




Wednesday, October 19, 2016

City of Mesa Survey regarding Access and Reception of City Information

From the City of Mesa:

In the City of Mesa’s efforts to better communicate with its residents, the City’s Office of Public Information and Communications is conducting a brief survey to find out how you as a Mesa resident access and/or receive City information as well as how you would prefer to access/receive City information. The survey results will help improve and expand efforts to communicate with City residents, therefore your feedback is important. The survey link below will be live through October 31st. Thank you in advance for your valuable time and feedback 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RC2R363


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Hundreds of volunteers to participate on Make a Difference Day in Mesa

From the City of Mesa:

Post Date: 10/18/2016 3:22 PM

More than 2,500 volunteers, the majority of them Boy Scouts, will be getting dirty to help our community. They are participating in a variety of projects across the City of Mesa Saturday, Oct. 22 as part of National Make a Difference Day. 

Residents, neighborhood groups, local businesses, service organizations, church groups and City of Mesa employees have registered to volunteer for an assortment of Love Your Block community projects. Examples include distributing neighborhood resource bags, painting walls, cleaning up illegal dumping, reporting graffiti, painting homes and doing yard work for residents in need. 

As part of Mesa Scouting Day of Service, happening on Make a Difference Day, members of the Boy Scouts of America Grand Canyon Council-Mesa District of will also be working on service projects. Examples include painting curb numbers, distributing recycling information and helping Mesa Public Schools. 

National Make a Difference Day is the most encompassing day of helping others. Held annually on the fourth Saturday of October, millions of Americans are rallied into a single day of action to help change the world. 

For more information on opportunities to volunteer throughout the year please visit www.mesaaz.gov/Volunteer.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Mesa Hazardous Waste Collection

The City of Mesa is hosting a hazardous waste collection this coming Saturday. 

Details:

Date: 10/15/2016 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: East Mesa Service Center
6935 E. Decatur St.
Mesa, Arizona 85207

Residents are encouraged to bring in their household hazardous waste, electronics and appliances to this free event.  Collected material will be recycled or disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner.  More information

**TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Decatur St. will be temporarily closed.  Event traffic should enter through Adobe St. via northbound Power Rd.  Access to Adobe St. from southbound Power Rd. will be restricted.

Friday, October 7, 2016

October's Watering Reminder

October watering reminder from the City of Mesa:

October started with a great rain last Sunday for most areas of the Valley and temps are running in the ‘cool’ 90’s. If you haven’t adjusted your clock in a while, now is the time to do so. Water needs for plants are about half as much as they were in June. Check out these step-by-step instructions to reprogram your timer to the watering schedule suggested below.

Fall is such a great time to plant, (see bonus tips below about plant sales and more). It’s a great time to sow your Sonoran Desert wildflower seeds for spring bloom. Call us at 480-644-3306 or email us for a free seed packet!

Lawn watering:
Summer grass (Bermuda) - once every 6 days
Overseeded cool season grass (rye) – 4x per day for 1st 7 to 10 days to germinate, then once every 3 days

If trees and shrubs are on the same valve:
Desert Adapted - once every 21 days
High Water Use - once every 10 days

Tree watering:
Desert Adapted - once every 24 days
High Water Use - once every 12 days

Shrub watering:
Desert Adapted - once every 18 days
High Water Use - once every 9 days

Groundcover and vine watering:
Desert Adapted - once every 18 days
High Water Use - once every 8 days

Cacti and succulent watering - once every 28 days

Annuals watering - once every 4-5 days

Wildflower watering – once every 1-2 days to germinate, then once every 7-10 days

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

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Friday, September 2, 2016

September's Watering Reminder

Watering reminder from the City of Mesa:

Remember that the September 30 is the ‘official’ end of the Monsoon Season, so there’s still hope for more summer rains. September is also when activities BEGIN for seeding winter rye 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.

These recommendations are for plants that are established in the landscape (in the ground about 2 years).

Lawn watering:
Summer grass (Bermuda) - once every 4 or 5 days
Overseeded cool season grass (rye) – 4x per day for 1st 7 to 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

Tree watering:
Desert Adapted - once every 21 days
High Water Use - once every 10 days

Shrub watering:
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 days

Annuals watering - once every 3-4 days

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

See more information at http://www.mesaaz.gov/residents/water-conservation 

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

August's Watering Reminder

From the City of Mesa:

These recommendations are for plants that are established in the landscape (in the ground about 2 years).

Lawn watering
Summer grass (Bermuda) - once every 3-4 days
Overseeded cool season grass (rye) - grass dies out

If trees and shrubs are on the same valve
Desert Adapted - once every 15 days
High Water Use - once every 8 days

Tree watering
Desert Adapted - once every 17 days
High Water Use - once every 9 days

Shrub watering
Desert Adapted - once every 13 days
High Water Use - once every 6 days

Groundcover and vine watering
Desert Adapted - once every 12 days
High Water Use - once every 5 days

Cacti and succulent watering - once every 22 days
Annual & vegetable watering - once every 2-3 days

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

See more information at http://www.mesaaz.gov/residents/water-conservation

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Free Spay and Neuter Events

Maricopa County Animal Care and Control will be hosting a free spay and neuter and rabies vaccine event at Pioneer Park, 526 E. Main St.

Spay and neuter surgeries for pets will begin at 6:30 a.m. until full and rabies vaccines will start from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on the following days:

Thursday, Aug. 11
Saturday, Aug. 13
Tuesday, Aug. 23
Thursday, Aug. 25
Tuesday, Aug. 30

Service is limited to first come, first served.  Limit 2 pets per household.  

Please bring water for your pets as lines may be long.  All dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in carriers.  Animals must be brought by legal owner 18 years and older and only Maricopa County residents.  Pregnant females will not be accepted.

For more detailed information, please visit: www.pets.maricopa.gov or call (602) 506-7387.