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current Watering Recommendations

 

Irrigation Advice

As we move closer to summer months inspect your irrigation system to assure that pipes and other irrigation system components are not leaking. Also, check that water is not going to the sidewalks and streets, this is water waste. Add organic mulch to your landscape to your plants look better. Mulch provides soil moisture-holding capacity and sustains your plants during drier and hotter days while adding nutrients to your soil.

Watering Method

How Long?

Drip (desert friendly plants and trees)

Water 45-60 Minutes per time

Sprinkler Spray (turfgrass)

Water 10-12 minutes per time.

Sprinkler efficient rotating nozzles (turfgrass)

Water 35-45 minutes per time

Hose Watering (trees and shrubs)

Water 1-2 hours per time

 

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.


 Current Restrictions

Spray and micro-spray irrigation is currently not permitted between 11am – 7pm.  Avoid overspray and overflow – fines double during Drought Watch.

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

www.abcwua.org

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