Don’t throw water or money down the drain

It’s Smart Irrigation Month Water Wisely Irrigation systems are an important part of keeping your plants and trees alive and doing well in the Arizona heat. Following a few simple steps can save you money on your irrigation water bills while keeping your plants looking good. Get in the zone. Schedule each individual zone in your irrigation system to account for type of sprinkler/bubbler/emiters, sun or shade exposure, and soil in that section. Different zones will almost always need different watering schedules if you’re watering different types of vegetation and/or grass. Consider soil type. Type of soil determines how quickly water can be absorbed without runoff. Watering more than soil can absorb causes runoff and waste. You can get a fine in Tucson if you have water running down the street. Don’t send water down the drain. Set sprinklers/bubblers/emitters to water plants or grass, not your driveway, sidewalk, patio or buildings. Water only when needed. Saturate root zones and let the soil dry. Watering too much and too frequently results in shallow roots, weed growth, disease and fungus. Water at the best time. Watering during the heat of the day may cause losses of up to 30 percent due to evaporation. Prevent water loss by watering when the sun is low or down, winds are calm and temperatures are cool — typically between the evening and early morning. Water more often for shorter periods. For example, setting your lawn sprinkler system to run for three, 5-minute intervals lets soil absorb more water than watering for 15 minutes at one time, reducing runoff. Adapt watering to the season. Familiarize yourself...

Is the weather confusing your lawn?

  Bermuda Grass vs Rye Grass in the Spring Do you have a lawn that was overseeded with winter rye? It’s getting close to transition time from rye to Bermuda grass. But, viagra generic with the weather going from hot to cold to hot again, your rye grass lawn may still be growing. Here’s what you can do to keep it green for a little longer. Or,the other option is to speed up the transition process to Bermuda grass. Thanks to the Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association for the below tips. We are quickly approaching that number, you know, the one that represents what we will be dealing with for the next five months: 100. One hundred degrees is right around the corner and when that temperature arrives, our beautiful green, winter rye grass lawn says, “wow, I don’t like this,” and begins to brown out. But it is actually a good thing since we want our summer turf grass, Burmuda grass, to have a full 100 days of non-competing days to grow. In cooler springs, rye grass can linger, not allowing Bermuda grass access to light and resources like water and nutrients necessary to push out of winter dormancy.  Here are a few tricks to either keeping your rye grass green a bit longer, perhaps in shaded areas, or how to encourage it to spontaneously combust, like it might do at 105 degrees: Hold on to rye grass a bit longer… Raise mowing height in shaded areas, which reduces stress Water more frequently, not the most sustainable practice, but it may help for a few weeks Turf paint- your...

Spring landscaping tips

DESERT LIFE & LANDSCAPING  Springtime Urban Desert Landscaping tips It’s spring in the Sonoran desert and we’re having temperatures in the 80’s.  Winter is gone and summer will be here before you know it. This time of year gives us a window of opportunity to get some spring cleaning of our landscapes done and to evaluate what we have and how we can improve our outdoor spaces. Here are some spring landscaping projects that can be done this time of year. IRRIGATION INSPECTION & REPAIRS Check your irrigation system for leaks and make needed repairs. Change the times on your automatic irrigation clocks to account for warmer weather. Flush out irrigation lines. Replace any broken sprinkler heads or emitters that are not working properly. LAWNS Time to start transitioning to summer Bermuda grass. Cut lawns lower to allow Bermuda grass to start growing since it has been dormant all winter. Increase irrigation to lawns. Add seed in bare areas where you want it to fill in. Aerate and/or dethatch lawns as needed. PLANTING March and April are excellent months to plant in Arizona. Always remember to consider the mature size of a plant or tree when planting and “plant the right plant in the right place.” Head to the local nursery to check out what’s available. Think about what you want from your plant or tree – shade, viagra generic color, low maintenance, to attract wildlife, etc. Native and desert-adapted plants do much better than other plants in our harsh environment. Remember to get outside and enjoy our spring desert weather before the heat sets in. We live in a...

What to do if you want to change out your lawn to desert landscaping

View this email in your browser From Lawn to Desert Landscaping Save Water and Still have a Colorful Oudoor Space If you have lawn and you live in the desert, viagra viagra you’ve probably considered changing out your lawn to xeriscaping to save money and reduce your maintenance.  There are pros and cons to changing out your grass for desert plants. PROS Lower water bills Less maintenance More environmentally responsible Lower costs after the initial cost CONS Hotter without the grass No place for pets or kids to play on Cost of lawn removal and addition of new plants and irrigation system Once you’ve decided to make the change there are some things to consider. Evaluate the site to see what plants you already have, how your yard drains, what your existing irrigation system consists of. What can you do with what you already have? Plan your design once you know what you’re starting with. Remove your turf. This usually involves killing the grass with a post-emergent chemical. Do it correctly or you could be dealing with grass that comes back later. Consider adding contours and mounds and other grading to add interest to your yard. Renovate your existing irrigation system from sprinklers to drip irrigation or install a new irrigation system. Add new plants from your design. Do this in the spring or fall to give your new plants the best chance for survival. Add mulch such as decomposed granite, river rock or other materials. Lastly comes the maintenance. Keep your new landscaping looking good. There’s a lot more in the details that goes into changing from lawn to...