Wednesday, June 9, 2010

June's Watering Schedule

A reminder from the City of Mesa:

Get ready… the mild spring temperatures will be over soon and triple digits will be around for a while. Make sure your plants are prepared for summer's sizzle! Though average temperatures are slightly lower in June than July, water demand by plants can be at its highest this month due to the low humidity levels. Learn about preparing your landscape for summer heat and programming your timer at

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 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 2-3 days

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

Bonus tips:

Citrus drop is common from May – July when young fruit, (1-inch or
smaller) fall from the tree due to a natural thinning process. If leaves look healthy the fruit drop is not likely from water stress.  Another June occurrence is that many non-desert plants may wilt during the middle of the day no matter how much water they get.

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