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

Time to turn off your automated irrigation system. Water only as needed in the Winter. Water trees monthly by hand.  Learn how with our new guide!


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


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.

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

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P.O. Box 568
Albuquerque, NM 87103-0568

505-842-WATR  Option 4

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