Thursday, October 10, 2013

October Landscape Watering Reminder

Reminder from the City of Mesa:

Temperatures have been cooling off nicely after sundown and we may just be done with triple digits for the year. With shorter days and cooler nights, you can cut back the frequency of your watering.

Fall is a great time to plant, so be sure to go to your local nursery or upcoming plant sales (see bonus tip below). If you're thinking of overseeding your lawn with winter rye grass, we've got two options: 1. Check out our top ten reasons not to, and 2. If you're going to, follow the advice below to keep the watering efficient.

These recommendations 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 to 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

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

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