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Local educational resources are one click away

Local educational resources are one click away

We scoured the internet, met with local experts, and pulled together a great educational resource list for you. When you’re ready to dig into all there is to know about landscaping in New Mexico, these resources are ready for you. Plants: Native Plant Society of New...

February 2020 Monthly Service Tip and Watering Recommendations

February 2020 Monthly Service Tip and Watering Recommendations

Watering Recommendations: When warmer days set in, you may be inclined to water your landscape, but this winter continues to bring much needed precipitation to meet the needs of your landscape. No need to water this month! Per our Winter Watering Recommendations, your...

2019 Annual Weather and Conservation Highlights

In the past 20 years, 14 of those years have been drier than normal, and six years wetter than normal. Temperature In 2019 New Mexico was warmer and drier than normal! 1.6 degrees above normal. This ranked in the 20th warmest on record for New Mexico. The...

Help, my trees need pruning!

Help, my trees need pruning!

The winter is best time of  year to prune trees. The Water Authority recommends hiring an arborist to prune them because arborists specialize in the care of individual trees. They are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide the...

Have trouble identifying plants? We’ve got an app for that.

Have trouble identifying plants? We’ve got an app for that.

Have you ever wished you could just take a picture of a plant and have the internet identify it for you? Turns out, there are a lot of digital options to help with the identification of plants. We’ve reviewed the best resources so you don’t have to. PLANT APPS:...

January 2020 Monthly Service Tip and Watering Recommendations

TREES: It’s officially winter and cold weather will be here for a while. January’s service tip is to take a moment to inspect the trees on your property to see how they are doing. Walk outside and take a good look at your tree, starting with where the tree enters the...

Our Favorite Evergreens

Our Favorite Evergreens

When we think of the word evergreen, many of us think about pine trees, cedars and junipers. However, an evergreen is simply any plant that remains green all year long. These plants are welcome fixtures in our winter landscapes, too. 505Outside highlights these...

Great Books to Read

Great Books to Read

Now that the weather is colder, curl up with a book and learn more about our global and local water resources. Here are a few of my favorites to get you started. If you’ve got a water book to recommend for future newsletters, please email me at kyuhas@abcwua.org For a...

Winterize your irrigation system

Winterize your irrigation system

To avoid damage to your irrigation system from freezing temperatures, it is important to “winterize” it by protecting exposed outdoor fixtures. If your hose bib is left exposed or standing water is left in pipes, valves or sprinkler heads during freezing temperatures,...

Leave those leaves.

Leave those leaves.

Some of our best landscaping practices can be learned from Mother Nature. Every autumn, leaves fall to the ground, sheltering the soil and beneficial organisms, returning organic matter back to the ground, and perpetuating the nutrient cycling essential for good plant...

Watering Recommendations: November 2019

November is when we recommend you turn off your irrigation controller due to freezing temperatures. For trees that still need water this month, hand water per the Fall Season Watering Recommendations. If you have turf, water for only one day per week. Remember that if...

Simple Fall Maintenance for Albuquerque Landscapes

Simple Fall Maintenance for Albuquerque Landscapes

505Outside sat down with local landscape expert Wes Brittenham, Farm and Landscape Manager at Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm, to chat about Fall maintenance tasks for Albuquerque gardens. At Los Poblanos, Wes oversees all growing things on their 25...

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 24 hours after you’ve watered your plants. It will go easily into moist soil. Mark and measure how far it went into the...

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...

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