Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Arbor Day

Did you know that Mesa has been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation for the second consecutive year?
The first official Arbor Day was created by J. Sterling Morton and celebrated in Nebraska in 1872. In the years following that first Arbor Day, Morton's idea spread beyond Nebraska and today all 50 states celebrate Arbor Day.

Arbor Day 2012 is Friday, April 27th. Check out your landscape and decide where a tree should be. Then use this Tree Planting and Tree Care Guide from the City of Mesa.

For more information about Arbor Day activities in Mesa, check out the City of Mesa website.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

April Watering Schedule

From the City of Mesa:

Windy days and fluctuating temperatures have been the norm the last few
weeks but temperatures will increase through the month until we settle
into the 90's. April through June is typically dryer 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” 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 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

Native wildflowers – once every 7 days

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

Friday, April 6, 2012

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

The City of Mesa is having a household hazardous waste collection event on Saturday, April 14. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at the Center Street facility, 2412 N. Center St. (Center Street, north of McKellips).

Waste should be sealed in its original container if possible, and unmarked containers should be labeled if the contents are known.

Acceptable items:

  • Paint, polishes & varnishes
  • Fuel additives
  • Pool chemicals
  • Paint-related materials
  • Smoke detectors
  • Aerosol cans
  • Adhesives
  • Motor oil
  • Antifreeze
  • Appliances (limit 2)
  • Gasoline & propane tanks
  • Batteries
  • Mercury
  • Pesticides
  • Electronics – TVs, computers, etc.
  • Transmission fluid
  • Automotive tires (limit 5); rims are accepted if the tire has been removed
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Prescription & non-prescription drugs

You can sign-up to receive automatic email reminders of future household hazardous waste collection events on the City's Web home page. They could make it easier to find, but it is under Email Alerts.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Fourth Annual Dino Egg Hunt

The Arizona Museum of Natural History, 53 N. Macdonald in Mesa, will once again host the popular Dino Egg Hunt on Friday, April 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

In addition, the museum will have children’s craft activities and a dinosaur touch cart available with factual information about dinosaur eggs.

They will be replenishing the dino eggs until 7:45 p.m., so you don't have to be there at 6 p.m. to get in on the fun.

There is special discount pricing for this event: $7 for adults, children three to 17 years are $4 and members are free.

For more information, call the Arizona Museum of Natural History at (480) 644-2169 or