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current Watering Recommendations

 

Irrigation Advice

In times of drought, winter watering is recommended for trees and cool season grass. If Albuquerque gets ½ inch of snow per month in winter months, no need to water.

Watering Method

How Long?

Drip (desert friendly plants and trees)

Water 30-45 Minutes per time

Sprinkler Spray (turgrass)

Water 7-10 minutes per time.

Sprinkler efficient rotating nozzles (turfgrass)

Water 45 minutes per time

Hose Watering (trees and shrubs)

Water 1-2 hours per time

 

 Current Restrictions

Avoid overspray, overflow and ice hazards- fines double during Drought Watch.

Winter Watering Recommendations
*Use these guidelines for established plants (1 year for shrubs and 3 years for trees).*Watering frequency depends on season, plant type, weather and soil texture. Water to beyond the outer edge of the plant’s canopy and to the depth indicated.*If we receive more than a half inch of rain or more than 6″ of snow, skip your next watering day or irrigation cycle. Avoid watering during freezing temperatures. Winter watering should happen during the warmest part of the day.*Depending on temperatures and rainfall, treat May and September like Summer months. *Refer to the ABCWUA Xeriscaping Guide for plant water use information.

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Contact Information

Water Conservation Program
P.O. Box 568
Albuquerque, NM 87103-0568

www.abcwua.org

505-842-WATR  Option 4

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