CAN I PUT GREASE DOWN THE DRAIN?

The kitchen is the heart of the home; laughter, conversation, and satisfied appetites can be inspired by the home-cooked meal. Sadly, one less appealing culprit may also find its origin in the kitchen, specifically the kitchen sink: fatbergs, giant globs of fat, oil, and grease (also known as FOG), that… Read More

TRANSFORM YOUR LANDSCAPE FROM DRAB TO FAB WITH OUR 10-PART VIDEO SERIES

Transform Your Landscape from Drab to Fab with Water – Use It Wisely’s 10-Part Video Series Installing a new landscape, or renovating an existing landscape, can be daunting; however, it doesn’t have to be intimidating. With the help of a new video series capturing the transformation of an Avondale backyard… Read More

HOW DO I SELECT A LANDSCAPE PROFESSIONAL?

Our landscapes cradle the world between the wild and the civilized. If you are lucky enough to own or rent a little piece of land, you have a chance to create your own private paradise that marries nature with individuality. But how do you get started? And what if you… Read More

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DO YOU NEED TO OVERSEED? 10 REASONS TO SKIP THAT WINTER LAWN

It’s one of the great debates. Like Yankees vs. Red Socks, Democrats vs. Republicans, cat lovers vs. dog lovers, there are those who overseed their grass vs. those who don’t. Why the great debate? Well, it’s hard to say exactly how it all started, but it likely has something to do with… Read More

THIS LOCAL ARIZONA FESTIVAL HAS A PASSION FOR SUSTAINABILITY

At a time when being eco-conscious is more trendy than it’s ever been, it is still not uncommon to find the only source of water in a public space to be an overpriced container of bottled water. While often a result of convenience, a consumer’s desire for an alternative to… Read More

FALL PLANTING IN THE ARIZONA DESERT

The fall planting season has arrived! Temperatures are cooler, and it’s a great time to replace plants you may have lost during the hot summer. Why is fall planting so good for plants? Soil temperatures are still warm, encouraging root growth and development and allowing plants to get much better… Read More

CELEBRATE AZ WATER WITH US AT ROOSEVELT LAKE

Tamara C. shared this photo overlooking Roosevelt Lake and bridge from a rocky shoreline. Click to view a larger photo. ABOUT THE LAKE Roosevelt Lake was created in 1911 after the completion of Theodore Roosevelt Dam on the Salt River as part of the Salt River Project. The dam enabled early settlers… Read More

DRAB TO FAB: WATCH AND LEARN FROM THIS BACKYARD MAKEOVER

Lisa Osborne and her husband bought their City of Avondale home in 2008. They planted two citrus trees in the backyard that sat in a field of gravel for years and proceeded to turn brown. Until last November, the backyard had not changed. The economic downturn and family responsibilities left… Read More

PREVENT WATER RUNOFF – TRY CYCLE AND SOAK

Our heavy clay soils are very fertile, but have very small pore spaces and are slow to accept water. Infiltration rates are well below one-tenth an inch per hour across most of the metro Phoenix area. On slopes or compacted, heavy clay soils, water is generally applied faster than it can… Read More

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