Friday, December 8, 2017

December's Watering Reminder

From the City of Mesa:

Yes, some areas did get a trace of rain overnight on December 5, otherwise most areas last saw rain on August 23. It’s dry, dry, dry, and humidity has dropped and wind has picked up. This can also dry out your plants. Point is, while plant usage is at its lowest point in December, make sure you’re still irrigating, as your plants will fare cold temps and frosts better if hydrated.

Our typical first frost is around December 12, though we're already seeing unseasonably warm temperatures. But, it's still good to be prepared for a cold snap. Learn how to protect your plants from frost in a University of Arizona publication. For frost warning advisories, visit the National Weather Service Phoenix Web site and click on "Read watches, warnings and advisories."

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

Lawn watering
Summer grass (dormant Bermuda) - once every 21-30 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, groundcover & 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 7-10 days

Wildflower watering - once every 10-15 days

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

Thursday, November 9, 2017

November's Watering Reminder

From the City of Mesa:

We didn’t have to dial back our clocks an hour like most of the country did this past Sunday, but it is a great reminder that it’s time to cut back on watering. Water needs for plants are only one-third the amount needed compared to the summer months. Did you plant winter ryegrass? Once it has germinated, be sure to cut back on the watering frequency to avoid disease problems!

While there have been a few clouds and localized light sprinkles, do you realize how long it’s been since we had a good rain? We have gone through the months of September and October with no rainfall. Those months typically average over a half-inch of rainfall each. It’s likely that this will be a dry winter for the southwest.

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

Lawn watering
Summer grass (Bermuda) - once every 14 days
Overseeded cool season grass (rye) - 4x per day for first 7-10 days to germinate, then once every 7-10 days

If trees and shrubs are on the same valve
Desert Adapted - once every 24 days
High Water Use - once every 11 days

Tree watering
Desert Adapted - once every 27 days
High Water Use - once every 12 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 - if needed

Annuals watering - once every 5 days

Wildflower watering - once every 1-2 days to germinate, then once every 7-10 days

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

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

October's Watering Reminder

From the City of Mesa:

There’s been no rainfall since late August, but cooler temps have helped many plants recover from summer’s sizzle. Conditions will be flirting with 100-degree temps this weekend, but should be cooling back down. If you haven’t adjusted your irrigation clock/timer in a while, now is the time to do so. Water needs for plants are about half as much as they were in June. Check out these step-by-step instructions to reprogram your timer to the watering schedule suggested below.

Fall is such a great time to plant, (see bonus tips below about plant sales and more), and to sow your Sonoran Desert wildflower seeds for spring bloom. Call us at 480-644-3306 or email us for a free seed packet!

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 7-10 days

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

Friday, September 22, 2017

Support BSA with Fry's

Did you know you can support the Grand Canyon Council by using your Fry's V.I.P. card? Just go to https://www.frysfood.com/topic/new-community-rewards-program and sign up. 

Use code 48267 and you will earn rewards for the Council. Quick, easy, and it helps support this great cause. 

If you have any questions contact Librada Martinez (librada.martinez@scouting.org).

Thursday, July 6, 2017

July's Watering Reminder

From the City of Mesa:

Scorching high temps have been tough on plants. In case you missed it, see our special news alert we sent out in mid June about preparing your landscape for summer's sizzle. It's looking hopeful that monsoon clouds and increased humidity is moving in - making it much easier on plants.

Shop for a rain gauge if you don't have one (or empty the dust out if you do) as monsoon 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 and money!

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.

Sign up for their newsletter (and watering reminder) at the city's eNotifications page.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

June's Watering Reminder

From the City of Mesa:

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 1-3 days

Note: These recommendations are for plants that are established in the landscape (in the ground about 2 years) and are a general guideline only and may need to be modified for your specific site conditions.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

May's Watering Reminder

From the City of Mesa:

Mid-May through October is considered our summer season. Bermuda grass and many landscape plants may look a little stressed as they transition from our spring to summer temperatures.

Humidity levels are low and there are lots of windy days. What this means for plants is a lot of moisture gets lost from the soil surface and through the leaves. Make sure you are giving plants a good drink of water, especially during or after a dry, windy day (don’t use sprinklers during windy days).

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

Lawn watering
Summer grass (Bermuda) – once every 4-5 days
Overseeded cool season grass (rye) – once every 3 days

If trees and shrubs are on the same valve
Desert Adapted – once every 17 days
High Water Use – once every 8 days

Tree watering
Desert Adapted – once every 20 days
High Water Use – once every 10 days

Shrub watering
Desert Adapted – once every 14 days
High Water Use – once every 6 days

Groundcover and vine watering
Desert Adapted – once every 14 days
High Water Use – once every 6 days

Cacti and succulent watering – once every 24 days

Annuals watering – once every 3-4 days

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

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

April's Watering Reminder

From the City of Mesa:

Looks like we’ll be getting typical April weather, at least for the near future, with upper 80’s to low 90’s and creeping up later in the month. April through June is typically our drier period with low humidity and little chance of rain as temperatures warm up. It is a critical time to be providing irrigation as many plants are flushing out with new growth.

Find our checklist for the month, Prepare Your Landscape for Summer's Sizzle! Recommendations below are for plants that are established in the landscape (in the ground about 2 years).


Lawn watering
Summer grass (Bermuda) - once every 7 days
Overseeded cool season grass (rye) - once every 4 days

If trees and shrubs are on the same valve

Desert Adapted – once every 20 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 16 days
High Water Use – once every 8 days


Groundcover and vine watering
Desert Adapted – once every 16 days
High Water Use – once every 8 days

Cacti and succulent watering - once every 28 days 

Annuals watering - once every 4 days 

Wildflower watering - once every 7 days

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

Thursday, March 2, 2017

March's Watering Reminder

From the City of Mesa:

A series of storms brought most areas a half-inch of rain or more on Tuesday. This is perfect weather for March since it is a transitional month when warm days will nudge Bermuda grass and other cold-sensitive plants out of dormancy. Having moisture available when new growth is emerging is important for a healthy start before heat sets in, and with the rains, you don’t need to provide the moisture with your irrigation system.

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 beautiful, fresh green leaves soon (see photo below). It is not due to a watering issue.

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

Sign up for the City of Mesa newsletter and Living Green Events newsletter at the eNotifications page    


Monday, February 13, 2017

February Watering Reminder

From the City of Mesa:

Recent conditions have been unseasonably warm – a little more typical for March. However, the 70- to 80-degree temps are perfect for some irrigation repairs or upgrades. For trees, moving emitters out to the drip line as they grow or adding more emitters is a good idea. It's also a perfect time to check emitters to ensure that they are working properly and that you don't have any leaks in the system. When you're testing the irrigation, you'll be giving added moisture to your plants. 

Get the Irrigation Maintenance Checklist [PDF].

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

Lawn watering

Summer grass (Bermuda) - once every 21 days
Overseeded cool season grass (rye) – once every 7-9 days

If trees and shrubs are on the same valve

Desert Adapted - once every 28 days
High Water Use - once every 12 days

Tree watering

Desert Adapted - once every 36 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

Annuals watering - once every 6-9 days

Wildflower watering – once every 9-12 days

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


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

Date: 02/04/2017
Time:8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location:
East Mesa Service Center
6935 E. Decatur St.
Mesa, Arizona 85207

Residents are encouraged to bring in their household hazardous waste, electronics and appliances to this free event.  Collected material will be recycled or disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner.  More information

**TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Decatur St. will be temporarily closed. Event traffic should enter through Adobe St. via northbound Power Rd. Access to Adobe St. from southbound Power Rd. will be restricted.