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.

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