Saturday, April 4, 2015

April Watering Reminder

April's watering reminder from the City of Mesa

April through June is typically our dryer 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.

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 conditions.

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

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 www.wateruseitwisely.com.

Check out Mesa's checklist for the month - Prepare Your Landscape for Summer Sizzle

Thursday, March 26, 2015

City of Mesa Job Openings - March 26, 2015

When I checked the listings this morning there were over 30 positions available. 
You need to check http://mesaaz.gov/jobs/ and click on the Job Openings button to view the positions.

Information from their website:

The City of Mesa uses NEOGOV online recruitment software.  Recruitment opening day is typically Friday at 12:01 am. Recruitment closing dates/times are posted on each recruitment. All on-line applications must be submitted by the closing date. Human Resources has the right to open and close recruitments without prior notification.

  • You must apply for at least one employment opportunity.
  • You will be able to save your application at any time.
  • You have not applied at the City of Mesa until you accept the Terms and Conditions and click the "Accept and Submit" button at the bottom of the page.
  • When your application has been successfully submitted, you will see a screen confirmation and receive an email sent to the email address supplied on your application.  

Friday, January 30, 2015

February Watering Reminder

February watering reminder from the City of Mesa:

Our first major storm of the year is making its way up from Baja California. Rains may put a damper on the BIG events happening in town, but we have to welcome moisture any time it decides to come through our state (see reservoir levels below)! Get your sweater and rain gear, and enjoy.

Hopefully, you've turned your irrigation off and you shouldn't prune plants until at least mid-February. However, it is a great time to pull weeds. 

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

See the city's web version here.


Thursday, January 29, 2015

I Love Science Day

On Saturday, Feb. 14, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the Arizona Museum of Natural History (AzMNH), 53 N. Macdonald in Mesa, will host “I Love Science Day!”  

What happens when you mix dish soap with dry ice? How do archaeologists analyze pot sherds? You’ll find out at “I Love Science, Day!” 

Meet scientists from a variety of fields including archaeology, paleontology, geology and astronomy.

Regular admission rates of $12 for adults and $6 for children apply.  Members are admitted free.  

For more information, call the AzMNH at (480) 644-2230 or email zMNH.info@mesaaz.gov. Visit their website at AzMNH.org.  


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Tree planting ceremony at Emerald Park, Mesa, AZ

A Tree Planting Ceremony will be held in Mesa Urban Forestry Project Part of the “Greening” of Super Bowl XLIX.

The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, in partnership with ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Verizon and the National Football League (NFL), will be planting trees at Emerald Park in Mesa on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 9 a.m.

Tree plantings are a permanent legacy that contribute to the “greening” of each Super Bowl. The Emerald Park event marks the fourth of five major tree projects taking place in the Phoenix area leading up to Super Bowl XLIX. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Super Bowl Urban Forestry Program. 

Twenty two newly planted trees will invigorate the flood-damaged park and make it more beautiful and shaded for park goers who enjoy Emerald Park’s disc golf course. Afghan Pine trees will be planted to replace the stressed and damaged mature trees from the floods in September 2014.


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

January Watering Reminder

January watering reminder from the City of Mesa:

Light rains were nice on New Year’s Eve, but our last appreciable rain was Dec. 4. Warmer temps and dry conditions are in the immediate forecast, so it’s a good idea to give your plants a thorough irrigation if you haven’t watered lately. Plants in general will tolerate frost better when adequately watered, and pines especially benefit from winter moisture.

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. See below for more details.

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 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 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.

See the city's web version here

Citrus collection to benefit United Food Bank

The City of Mesa Neighborhood Outreach Office, in partnership with the United Food Bank, has scheduled three Saturdays for residents to drop off boxes of citrus as part of a gleaning program. If you have extra citrus you’d like to get rid of, here is an opportunity to donate it. All you need to do is pick your ripe citrus separating lemons, grapefruit and oranges; place them in a box or sturdy container and drop them off.

Please note that citrus will only be accepted between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon and only at the location specified for the following dates: 

Saturday, Jan. 17
Dobson High School,
1501 W. Guadalupe Road (front parking lot)

Saturday, Jan. 31
Mountain View Park (enter off Adobe)
845 N. Lindsay Road

Saturday, Feb. 14
Gene Autry Park
4125 E. McKellips Road

For more information contact the United Food Bank at 480-926-4897 or info@unitedfoodbank.org

For additional drop-off opportunities or for assistance contact the United Food Bank at http://unitedfoodbank.org/get-involved/citrus/

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Electric Safety Tips

City of Mesa's Electric Safety Tips

Electric appliances are an integral part of every household, from a simple electric clock to the microwave oven. These safety tips can help keep your appliances operating safely:
• It’s essential to ensure that any appliances you purchase are approved by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) or another reputable consumer laboratory.
• Unplug unused appliances and stow cords safely out of reach of pets, young children or hazardous situations.
• Appliances that generate heat, such as clocks, televisions and computer monitors, should be given several inches of clearance all around for good air circulation and cooling.
• Do not drape clothes, toys or other items over warm or operating appliances.
• Always follow appliance instructions carefully, and do not attempt amateur repairs or upgrades.
• Keep all electrical appliances away from water such as sinks, bathtubs, pools or overhead vents that may drip.
• Do not operate any electrical appliance with wet hands or while standing in water.

For additional information on natural gas safety, visit mesaaz.gov/energy.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Natural Gas Safety Tips

City of Mesa's Natural Gas Safety Tips

• Have a qualified industry professional install, inspect, service, repair, and replace if necessary, all gas appliances, connectors, furnaces, vents, flues, chimneys, and gas lines to your home.
• Keep the burners clean on your range to ensure maximum efficiency and safety.
• Never use your stove or oven for heating your home.
• Replace your furnace air filters monthly throughout the heating season.
• If you suspect your furnace may have a leak or a cracked heat exchanger, have the unit professionally serviced to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
• Make sure your fireplace damper is always open during operation.
• Never operate gasoline powered engines or charcoal grills in closed garages, basements, or buildings.
• Keep the area surrounding natural gas appliances clear of clutter, flammable objects and flammable liquids. This includes: gasoline, kerosene, propane or butane bottles and/or cylinders.
• Never use flammable solvents or cleaning agents on or around an operating gas appliance.
• Teach everyone in your household how to identify the smell of natural gas and what to do if they smell gas.

If you smell gas (rotten egg smell), hear the sound of escaping gas (hissing noise), or suspect a line break, leave the area and call 480-644-4277(GASS) or 911. For additional information on natural gas safety, visit mesaaz.gov/energy.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

March Watering Reminder

March watering reminder from the City of Mesa:

After doing your happy dance for the rain, hopefully you turned your irrigation timer to the 'off' or 'rain' setting to stop the watering cycle without disturbing your programs. Because it’s been dry and warm for over a week, it’s time to check your smaller plants like annuals or groundcovers to see if they need the water turned back on.

The rain was perfect 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.

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 new growth soon. It is not due to under watering.

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

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

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

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Tuesday, December 17, 2013