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Your March Landscape Watering Reminder

Post Date:03/02/2019 4:00 PM

Winter storms have recently brought great moisture to the region. While March is a transitional month when warm days will nudge Bermuda grass and other cold-sensitive plants out of dormancy, many will be a little behind schedule due to the below normal temps we’ve been experiencing. Several of our desert trees (such as mesquites, palo verdes, jacarandas, and lysilomas) may look sparse, but it's normal! They will drop their leaves and leaf out with beautiful, fresh green leaves soon. Don’t be worried, the leaf drop is not due to a watering issue, however, as plants put on new growth, they will need to be watered a little more frequently. 

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 12-14 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 11 days

Tree watering

  • Desert Adapted – once every 30 days
  • High Water Use – once every 12 days

Shrub, groundcover & vine watering

  • Desert Adapted – once every 19 days
  • High Water Use – once every 9 days

Cacti and succulent watering – once every 25 days

Annual and vegetable watering – once every 5-7 days

Native wildflowers – once every 8-10 days

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


++ BONUS TIPS ++

Gardening Classes March and April Mesa Library is offering a series of free gardening classes throughout March and April. The Main Library will host Kaylee Colter, a native Arizonan and registered landscape architect, for a series of classes on Gardening Like a Pro. The Red Mountain Library continues its Master Gardener Classes presented by University of Arizona Cooperative Extension. 

Fix a Leak Week is March 18-24 and EPA will help you detect and chase down leaks! Email us with your mailing address if you’d like to get our toilet leak detection kit, and here’s our online booklet on how to find and fix leaks.

Mark your calendar for Celebrate Mesa, on April 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by our 'Living Green Village' and get some earth friendly lifestyle and landscape ideas!

Check out Water - Use It Wisely's Plant of the Month featuring desert plants for desert birds. Read this great article by Audubon Arizona.

DRAB TO FAB BACKYARD REHAB. Want to learn what steps to take to landscape your yard? Check out the process/videos/blogs and links when we followed our 2016 contest winner’s landscape installation.

Plant Sales! Find a great selection of native and water thrifty plants.

7 a.m. – Noon, Wed-Sat: Household Hazardous Materials Facility – It's great weather to clean out the garage. Bring your items such as pesticides, paint, appliances and chemicals that you no longer use and we'll provide safe disposal. 2412 N. Center Street. Yes, it’s true! We’re excited to now have a year-round facility.

**Reduce your landscape watering 30 to 50 percent by adjusting your irrigation each season.** “Landscape Watering by the Numbers: A Guide for the Arizona Desert” will help you determine how much water to apply and how long to run your system. Visit the interactive Web site or request a free copy of the booklet at www.wateruseitwisely.com.

Mesquite with leaf drop in March

   Several desert trees will drop any remaining leaves at the end of March just prior to leafing out with new fresh spring leaves.


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