Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Watering Guidelines for July

July's reminder from the City of Mesa, the web version can be found at

July started with high temperatures and heat advisories but increased humidity is easier on plants.

Rains have been hit or miss. Shop for a rain gauge if you don't have one (empty the dust out if you do) as these storms are localized. Turn your irrigation off if you get at least 1/2" of rain. See our tips below to
learn about grass removal and rainwater harvesting - both will save you water!

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.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Why Scouting

Ever wonder why my family does Scouting? Watch this video for your answer.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Free Trees

SRP has invited Phoenix area customers to participate their Shade Tree Program, enabling you to save up to $50 a year on your energy bill. Planting trees will reduce your cooling costs and improve air quality.

You are required to attend a workshop to teach you how to best select, plant and care for your trees. They will provide up to two desert-adapted trees for homes built in 1980 or later, and three for homes built before 1980.

Check out Free Trees for more information.