Maintenance Tips

Low-maintenance landscapes are great, but there’s no such thing as a “no-maintenance” irrigation system. A single broken sprinkler head flowing at 15 gallons per minute will waste 900 gallons in one hour of use. So service your system regularly, and check it often for leaks and malfunctions.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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Albuquerque, NM 87103-0568

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P.O. Box 568
Albuquerque, NM 87103-0568
505-842-WATR