Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Landscape watering reminder for October

From the City of Mesa:

Tremendous storms and rainfall have hit most areas of the Valley. Whenever
you receive at least one-half inch of rain you can skip an irrigation
cycle. Use the 'off' 'stop' or 'rain' setting on your controller to stop
the watering cycle without disturbing your programs. Keep an eye on your
landscape to determine when you need to turn the controller back on. Use a
soil probe or long screwdriver, and when you cannot easily slide the probe
into the soil your plants need water again. With the amount of rain and
cooler temperatures, this may be a week or two.


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


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

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