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Holiday Schedule Reminder:

Martin Luther King Jr. Day observed Monday Jan 21. City offices, facilities and the libraries will be closed that day in observance of the holiday. There will be no trash and recycling collections on Monday; sanitation service will take place one day later in accordance to standard holiday trash pick-up schedules. The City Council Meeting will instead be Tuesday, Jan 22.

 

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January Landscape Watering Reminder

Post Date:01/10/2019

Last weekend’s rain was a great start (most areas got .25- to .5-inch of rain) and we’re expecting more rain this weekend. Between the rains and the cool temps, you could turn off your controller for a few days or longer. Use the 'off' 'stop' or 'rain' setting on your controller to stop the watering cycle without disturbing your programs. See the bonus tips below about getting a Smart irrigation controller.

Leaf yellowing or leaf drop occurs naturally this time of year to plants such as palo verdes, mesquites, desert willows, elms, ash, and Texas sage. Leaf-litter provides beneficial mulch for your plants or use the leaves in your compost pile

Recommendations below are for plants that are established in the landscape (in the ground about two years).  

Lawn watering

  • Summer grass (dormant Bermuda) - once every 30 days
  • Overseeded cool season grass (rye) – once every 10-14 days

If trees and shrubs are on the same valve

  • Desert Adapted - once every 35 days
  • High Water Use - once every 18 days

Tree watering

  • Desert Adapted - once every 45 days
  • High Water Use - once every 21 days

Shrub, groundcover, and vine watering

  • Desert Adapted - once every 30 days
  • High Water Use - once every 14 days

Cacti and succulent watering – if needed

Annuals watering - once every 10 days

Wildflower watering – once every 15 days if needed

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


++ BONUS TIPS  ++

Registration IS Now Open for SRP’s 12th Annual Water Conservation Expo! Sat. Mar. 2, at SRP’s PERA Club. SRP water and power customers can purchase a SMART controller, attend a class and learn from exhibitors. This year there are two controller options to purchase, 1. Rain Bird ESP-SMTe for $60 ($368 value) or 2. Rachio 3 Smart controller, Wi-Fi enabled for $60 ($229 value). Watershed Management Group will also be presenting on rainwater harvesting at the event. Expo is free but you must register to reserve a controller to purchase!  Plus, Avondale offers a $50 rebate!       

PROTECT YOUR PLANTS: If you want to be prepared for a cold snap, learn more in this University of Arizona publication.

Resist the Urge to Prune

We recently experienced below freezing temperatures throughout the Valley. Do not prune frost damaged plants or cold-tender plants until springtime. The frost-damaged stems help protect the living tissue below.

Also, Spring landscape classes begin January 24th , Vegetable Gardening 

623.333.4422 to reserve a seat. 

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