Your resource for beautiful, desert friendly landscapes


Your resource for beautiful desert friendly landscapes


Your resource for beautiful desert friendly landscapes


Your resource for beautiful desert friendly landscapes

current Watering Recommendations


Irrigation Advice

As watering season gets under way, check your irrigation system for leaks and clogged, broken or missing sprinkler heads and emitters. Remember, if it rains more than a half inch or snows more than 6 inches at least once per month during spring season, there’s no need for supplemental irrigation.


Watering Method

How Long?

Drip (desert friendly plants and trees)

Water 75-100 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


Spring 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


Avoid ice hazards! Due to our freezing temperatures we recommend turning off your irrigation system and using your hose to water your trees once a month during the middle of a warm winter day.  


Check out our New Irrigation Efficiency Guide: Beautiful Landscapes with Less Water. Download the guide here.  

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