Get a free outdoor landscape irrigation audit
You and a city irrigation specialist perform the audit together. You’ll get tips and instructions on how to program the controller, how often to water and how to repair irrigation problems. Call 480-312-5650 to request an irrigation audit.
Water – Use it Wisely!
There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with you. Native cactus and other desert plants generally don’t require watering. Not watering them in winter will promote winter dormancy and reduce frost sensitivity.
The Acclimated Desert
Except for plants within the walled-off areas of your home, most of the ground on our lots is natural desert. It is normal for native plants to conserve water in summer by drying up much of what appears above ground to conserve what water they capture for their ground-level core and roots. To people not well acquainted with natural desert water conservation, these plants may appear “dead,” but they are definitely not! You will be surprised how quickly they become green once again when the Fall rains come.
Don’t “clean out” bursage, the most dominant low growth, or its many kin. These are “nurse plants” that capture the seeds of other native plants and provide protection for these “baby plants” to grow. Let them be what they are. It’s not appropriate to water these natural desert areas. They are naturally acclimated. Human watering may actually damage them. Nature knows its own and knows them best.
Watch for signs of overwatering plants and grass around your home
Up to 70 percent of all household water use is for outdoor watering. Plants and grass in and around your fenced areas can easily be overwatered, especially during a heavy monsoon season. Here are a few ways to tell if you’re using too much water outdoors:
- Leaves turn a lighter shade of green or yellow.
- Young shoots are wilted. Growth is excessive.
- Algae and/or mushrooms are on or around plants.
Signs of overwatering grass:
- Water constantly puddles in areas.
- Turf has a musty odor.
- Soil is extremely soft and mushy.
- Algae or mushrooms are present.