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Watering Recommendations: September 2019

September is still hot but the days are getting shorter. Follow the Fall watering recommendations below. Remember that if it rains more than a half inch, count that day as one of your watering days and cut back on supplemental irrigation. Follow the Fall Watering...

Ramp down your watering schedule for the Fall

Ramp down your watering schedule for the Fall

Your landscape needs a lot less water in September than it did in the summertime. About 35 percent less on average. The days may still be warm, but shorter days and cooler nights in the months of September, October and November means less evaporation, which means less...

3 Steps to Landscape Success

3 Steps to Landscape Success

The Water Authority encourages efficient outdoor water use for beautiful landscapes. With some 40 percent of our drinking water going to landscaping, improving outdoor water use efficiency is now the main focus of the Water Authority’s conservation efforts. But...

Plants for Fall Color

Plants for Fall Color

One of the great advantages of desert-adapted plants is the wealth of colorful flowers they produce, a boon to gardeners and pollinators alike. Plants that bloom in autumn offer pollen and nectar for insects and, if the seed heads are left to ripen, a late season food...

Watering Recommendations: August 2019

August is hot. And customers are encouraged to follow the summer watering recommendations below. But remember that if it rains, count that day as one of your watering days and cut back on supplemental irrigation. Remember to service your irrigation system at least...

Water harvesting for residential landscapes

Water harvesting for residential landscapes

505Outside sat down with local landscape contractor Hunter Ten Broeck, owner of WaterWise Landscapes Incorporated, to chat about Water Harvesting in Albuquerque.   There are two categories of water harvesting techniques: passive water harvesting and active water...

Creating living shade with vines

Creating living shade with vines

While it is fantastic living in the Southwest where the sun shines over 310 days a year, sometimes landscapes and homeowners alike crave shade. Large trees provide great shade but may take a long time to grow. So to create fast shade for patios and windows, choose...

Easy Pollinator Gardening

Easy Pollinator Gardening

Everything in nature is connected. Fostering the connections keeps ecosystems and gardens vital. And weaving pollinator essentials together into a beautiful garden is a fun process. Start by thinking about where you will view the garden from as well as how you’ll move...

Watering Recommendations: June 2019

Albuquerque area continues to receive rains with precipitation reaching up to .50” in some areas during the month of May.  As we move to summer months, we encourage customers to follow the Summer Watering Recommendations to maintain healthy landscapes during the...

How do I know how deeply I’m watering my plants?

Testing the soil moisture with a long screwdriver. Use a soil probe or a long screwdriver to test soil moisture. Push the screwdriver into the soil about an hour after you’ve watered your plants. It will go easily into moist soil. Mark and measure how far it went into...

Basics about Turf Grasses for New Mexico

Basics about Turf Grasses for New Mexico

Many homeowners would like a turf grass lawn, but might feel irresponsible watering a lawn in the arid Southwest. The key to choosing a turf grass is to determine the one most suited to the specific needs of your landscape. There are two different categories of turf...

Watering Recommendations: May 2019

Albuquerque area continues to have a great rainy spring season with precipitation reaching up to .75” (twice) in some areas during the month of April. So far we’ve conserved 450 million gallons this year and the precipitation outlook is looking great! Follow the...

4 Common Myths about Organic Mulch

4 Common Myths about Organic Mulch

Experienced gardeners in New Mexico know that the key to success is in the soil. Soils in our climate are highly erosive and without care will blow away with spring winds or wash out during summer monsoons. Covering bare soil with mulch is an essential gardening...

Simple Irrigation Maintenance Techniques

Simple Irrigation Maintenance Techniques

What should every home owner know about simple irrigation maintenance? The most important thing is to visually inspect your system periodically. Usually, irrigation runs during the middle of the night and we’re unaware of how well (or how poorly) it’s working. Turn on...

Watering Recommendations: April 2019

Albuquerque area had a great winter season with 150% above normal precipitation for the season but as the days get warmer it is time to follow the recommended watering guidelines for spring season. Remember If it has rained more than 1/2 inch you can skip...

Irrigation: Getting it Right!

Irrigation: Getting it Right!

As irrigation season ramps up, we sat down with the Water Authority’s irrigation specialist to ask a few questions about the utility’s new FREE Efficient Irrigation Consultations. Why is the Water Authority offering this service? In ABQ, 40% of our drinking water is...

Changes to the Water Waste Reduction Ordinance

Changes to the Water Waste Reduction Ordinance

In order to tackle inefficient irrigation practices that result in wasted water, and help customers identify malfunctions in their irrigation systems, The Water Authority (WA) recently updated the Water Waste Reduction Ordinance and will be implementing it during the...

Watering Recommendations: March 2019

There is no need to water for the first two weeks in the month of March. The greater Albuquerque area received enough precipitation in the month of February via rain and snow to meet our plants’ water needs! Below are our Spring Watering Recommendations but there is...

Spring Irrigation Startup

Spring Irrigation Startup

When do I start my irrigation system back up? Turn on your irrigation system after the last chance of freezing temperatures has passed (typically late March in the greater Albuquerque area, but possibly as late as mid-April). This will prevent damage to your...

Spring Landscape Cleanup

Spring Landscape Cleanup

March is the perfect time to clean up your landscape to prepare for the spring growing season. In fact late March is the best time because new growth hasn’t completely emerged, making it easier to see the structure of the plants. For the same reason, this is also the...

The Dirt on Albuquerque’s Weeds

The Dirt on Albuquerque’s Weeds

WEED IDENTIFICATION Most definitions of a weed call it “a wild plant growing where it is not wanted and in competition of cultivated plants.” What you may call a weed in your yard may be a beloved plant in your neighbor’s yard. There are two times a year in the...

The Basics of Fruit Tree Pruning

The Basics of Fruit Tree Pruning

Everyone should consider planting fruit trees in their yard. Because of our climate, fruit trees grow really well in our area. Besides the joy they bring when we harvest delicious fruit, they put on a beautiful show with spring flowers, create shade, and provide...

Watering Recommendations: February 2019

There is no need to water this month because the greater Albuquerque area received up to 8" inches of snow in the month of January to meet our plants' water needs!  505Outside follows this basic rule for watering during winter months: If it has rained more than 1/2...

Watering Recommendations: January 2019

There is no need to water this month because the greater Albuquerque area received enough precipitation in the last week of December to meet our plants’ water needs! 505Outside follows this basic rule for watering during winter months:  If it has rained more than ½...

Simple Steps to Get Started Designing Your Yard

Simple Steps to Get Started Designing Your Yard

A lot goes into designing a landscape, hence there’s an entire profession called landscape architecture devoted to designing outdoor spaces. We won’t be able to make you a landscape architect today, but we’re sharing six steps to get you started on a great landscape...

Ice Hazards in the Landscape

Ice Hazards in the Landscape

Icy sidewalks and streets pose a serious danger to the safety of those who use them.  Water Authority customers are subject to fines when water causes ice formation on adjacent property, or the public right-of-way, including sidewalks or other impervious surfaces....

How to Plant a Tree

How to Plant a Tree

A correctly planted tree will grow more quickly, will be healthier and more attractive, and will live longer than an incorrectly planted one. A healthy tree will also have a stronger and larger root system better able to draw moisture from the soil. This allows it to...

Tree Species We Love

Tree Species We Love

There are so many types of trees to choose from. We don’t blame you for being confused. Here are some of our favorites, just a small list of the many trees available here in New Mexico. Before you head out to buy your tree, though, let’s chat a little bit about them....

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