Tuesday, March 15, 2016

SRP Spring Landscaping Guide

Check out SRP's free Water-Efficient Landscape Guide.

In the guide you'll find:

  • Landscape design ideas
  • Hundreds of desert-adapted plants
  • Watering best practices
  • Irrigation tips and resources

Go here to see it. 

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Mesa opens new urban pocket park

City of Mesa announced today:

Mesa held a dedication ceremony today to celebrate the grand opening of Fountain Plaza, an urban pocket park located on the southeast corner of Mesa Drive and Southern Ave. 

“We have intentionally designed pocket parks around our more urban and dense areas in Mesa,” Mesa Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities Director, Marc Heirshberg said. “This provides a place for the neighborhood and community to recreate within walking distance of their home. Fountain Plaza is a unique design and we hope the community embraces it.” 

Fountain Plaza is approximately 5,000 square feet and features a small fountain in the center with skateable features including grinding rails, boxes and ramps. A small shade sail is the central focal point of the plaza. The fountain features seat walls and nine water jets with light that chase streams of water. 

“This park is a wonderful new addition to District 4,” Mesa District 4 Councilmember, Chris Glover said. “It is unlike any other pocket park in the city and it offers something extremely distinctive to the area.” 

Mesa currently has 5 pocket parks located along the light rail line, Southern Ave. in the Fiesta District and along Mesa Dr. Fountain Plaza will be open from sunrise to 10 p.m. 

Saturday, March 5, 2016

March's Watering Reminder

March's watering reminder from the City of Mesa:

It’s official, we hit a new record for the earliest measurement of a 90 degree day on February 17. Don’t despair, it seems that the forecast for March is back to average temperatures, although expected rain for early next week isn't looking good now.

March is a transitional month when warm days will nudge Bermuda grass and other cold-sensitive plants out of dormancy. This has happened more quickly with our higher temperatures. Having moisture available when new growth is emerging is important for a healthy start before heat sets in.

Many desert trees (such as mesquites, palo verdes and lysilomas) may look sparse, but it's normal! They will drop their leaves and leaf out with new growth soon. It is not due to under watering.

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

Lawn watering:
Dormant summer grass (Bermuda) - once every 14 days
Overseeded cool season grass (rye) - once every 7 days

If trees and shrubs are on the same valve:
Desert Adapted – once every 25 days
High Water Use – once every 12 days

Tree watering:
Desert Adapted – once every 30 days
High Water Use – once every 14 days

Shrub watering:
Desert Adapted – once every 21 days
High Water Use – once every 10 days

Groundcover and vine watering:
Desert Adapted – once every 21 days
High Water Use – once every 10 days

Cacti and succulent watering -  once every 28 days

Annual and vegetable watering - once every 5-6 days

Native wildflowers - once every 10 days

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