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

Landscapes need about 80 percent less water this time of the year than what they used in the summer. Shorter days and cooler nights in January mean less evaporation, which means plants retain their moisture for a longer period.

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


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

505-842-WATR  Option 4

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