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The 505 Outside Blog covers topics on desert friendly landscapes practices, landscape maintenance, irrigation principles, and seasonal tips.

New Rebate: WaterSense Smart Irrigation Controllers

New Rebate: WaterSense Smart Irrigation Controllers

Smart technology has become popular at homes and businesses because it makes some aspects of daily life easier and more efficient. WaterSense Smart Irrigation Controllers are the Water Authority conservation group’s favorite smart technology. These types of...

Tips to Keep Mature Trees Healthy

Tips to Keep Mature Trees Healthy

Our urban forest (yes, the trees in your landscape are part of a forest) provides so many benefits too us – cooling, increased home values, beauty, and better mental health just to name a few. Here’s what you can do to help keep your members of our urban forest as...

How should I adjust my irrigation as my woody plants get larger?

How should I adjust my irrigation as my woody plants get larger?

The amount of water needed and where that water should be applied changes as woody plants (such as trees, shrubs and vines) get larger.  Woody plant material has two types of roots, stabilizing roots and feeder roots.  Both types of roots do just what their...

Three Ways to Water Established Trees

Three Ways to Water Established Trees

Trees are incredibly valuable and provide a wide array of benefits, from increasing home values to improving mental health. Unfortunately, Albuquerque has suffered large losses of trees in the past decade. It’s more important now than ever to take care of your...

Spring Lawn Best Practices

Spring Lawn Best Practices

Do you want to walk barefoot across cool, soft grass? Especially on those hot summer days? We’d love for you to do that! We also want you to take care of your lawn in a healthy way that saves the most water. One might assume that proper lawn care begins in the spring...

Soil Searching: To Amend or Not to Amend?

Soil Searching: To Amend or Not to Amend?

Shredded woodchip mulch helps soil hold moisture and insulates plant roots on a frosty November morning. Photo credit M. Thompson. One of the most frequent questions we get at NMSU Extension is, “Should I add fertilizer or amendments to the soil when planting?” The...

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...

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...

Watering Recommendations: October 2019

Lower temperatures and shorter days in the months of October and November mean less evaporation. Thus, less irrigation is required. Adjust your irrigation controller following the Fall Season Watering Recommendations below to keep your landscape healthy. If you have...

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...

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