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.

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