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 30-45 Minutes per time

Sprinkler Spray (turfgrass)

Water 7-10 minutes per time.

Sprinkler efficient rotating nozzles (turfgrass)

Water 20-25 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 overspray, overflow and ice hazards- fines double during Drought Watch.

Latest Landscape Tips

Flowering Quince, Chaenomeles speciosa

Flowering Quince, Chaenomeles speciosa

Type: Deciduous shrub Exposure: Full Sun Water Use: Medium Mature Size: 4’ x 4’ The flowering quince is a winter showstopper, producing spectacular blooms well before anything else starts to green up for spring.  This shrub’s apple-like blossoms, ranging in color...

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

505-842-WATR  Option 4

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