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

PLANT OF THE MONTH: PINK TRUMPET VINE OR PODRANEA

The Pink Trumpet Vine, Podranea ricasoliana, exuberantly blooms in fall with flared, trumpet-shaped flowers. If looking for seasonal color, be sure to add this one to your plant palette. Note – be sure to properly identify at the nursery as it can commonly be mistaken for Bower Vine or Pandorea… 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

PLANT OF THE MONTH – DESERT MILKWEED

Description Desert Milkweed, Asclepias subulata,  has slender gray-green stems that grow vertically to 4 feet from a woody base. The plant’s spread can reach 2 feet or more. Leaves 2 inches long by 1/8-inch-wide appear on new growth but soon drop. The white milky sap that oozes from cut stems… Read More

Monarch Butterfly on Milkweed

CELEBRATE AZ WATER: ALAMO LAKE

We want you to Celebrate AZ Water at Alamo Lake. Some people say that Alamo Lake State Park is the “best kept secret” of the Arizona State Parks system. From the pictures that we have included here, which were part of Water – Use It Wisely’s 2013 Celebrate AZ Water… Read More

Wild Burros, possibly descended from burros brought to Alamo Lake by Spanish explorers

FOUR EASY WAYS LARGE COMPANIES CAN REDUCE WATER WASTE

Large companies can reduce water waste. Reducing water waste is incredibly important as a means to address the global water crisis. For some easy ways to reduce the waste in your company, read on for four top tips and helpful advice 1. Assess Your Current Water Usage Assess your buildings or other… Read More

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