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

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