Wednesday, January 7, 2015

January Watering Reminder

January watering reminder from the City of Mesa:

Light rains were nice on New Year’s Eve, but our last appreciable rain was Dec. 4. Warmer temps and dry conditions are in the immediate forecast, so it’s a good idea to give your plants a thorough irrigation if you haven’t watered lately. Plants in general will tolerate frost better when adequately watered, and pines especially benefit from winter moisture.

Leaf yellowing or leaf drop occurs naturally this time of year to plants such as palo verdes, mesquites, desert willows, elms, ash, and Texas sage. Leaf-litter provides beneficial mulch for your plants or use the leaves in your compost pile. See below for more details.

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

Lawn watering:
                Summer grass (dormant Bermuda) - once every 30 days
                Overseeded cool season grass (rye) – once every 10-14 days

If trees and shrubs are on the same valve:
                Desert Adapted - once every 35 days
                High Water Use - once every 18 days

Tree watering:
                Desert Adapted - once every 45 days
                High Water Use - once every 21 days

Shrub watering:
                Desert Adapted - once every 30 days
                High Water Use - once every 14 days

Groundcover and vine watering:
                Desert Adapted - once every 28 days
                High Water Use - once every 14 days

Cacti and succulent watering – if needed

Annuals watering - once every 10 days

Wildflower watering – once every 15 days

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

See the city's web version here

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