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.