PLANT OF THE MONTH: SAN MARCOS HIBISCUS

Description of San Marcos Hibiscus, Gossypium harknessii: This rounded shrub blooms from October to May in mild-winter areas, but where it freezes back, flowering can be expected from June to October. Each 2-inch-wide flower has five yellow petals with a maroon spot at the base. The fruit is a rounded capsule,… Read More

LOVE DIY? MAYBE NOT? HERE’S HOW TO SELECT A LANDSCAPE PRO

Thinking about converting your landscape from high water use to Xeriscape, but don’t know where to begin? Maybe you like to get down in the dirt and do-it-yourself (DIY), or you’re interested in hiring a pro; making the switch to a beautifully designed Xeriscape landscape can be very rewarding. Finding… Read More

SPRUCE UP YOUR IRRIGATION SYSTEM THIS SPRING

Did you know that up to 70 percent of your total household water use goes to your landscape? That’s why it’s so important to check your yard’s water use! This means checking for leaks and adjusting your watering schedule with the changing of the seasons, making sure your irrigation system… Read More

CELEBRATE AZ WATER – HAWLEY LAKE

Nestled in the tall, cool pines in east-central Arizona, on the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation, is Hawley Lake. At just over 8,000 feet, and abundant with spruce, pine and aspen, this 300-acre lake is one of Arizona’s highest in elevation. The climate is cool and refreshing during the spring,… Read More

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TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE AND GARDEN FOR WILDLIFE

Everyone needs a home and desert wildlife such as quail, hummingbirds, sparrows, and butterflies are no different. An emerging trend in urban gardening is a return back to our desert roots through the use of native plants and sustainable landscape practices that are done in a way that would encourage… Read More

THE MAKING OF “THE LONGEST STRAW”

On April 7 2017, following unprecedented water conservation efforts, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. ended the drought state of emergency for most of California, marking a formal end to a water shortage that has been erased by a winter of plentiful rain and snow. The drought state of emergency was… Read More

DRAB TO FAB 2: WIN A BEAUTIFUL XERISCAPE LANDSCAPE MAKEOVER

Looking to transform your yard from tired and dull to attractive and fabulous? Water – Use It Wisely is here to help! In April and May, Water – Use It Wisely will partner with ABC15, the Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association, the Arizona Nursery Association’s ‘Plant Something’ Campaign, and Ewing Irrigation… Read More

PLANT OF THE MONTH: CACTUS FLOWERS COLOR THE DESERT LANDSCAPE

I love springtime in the desert when it comes alive in shades of yellow, orange and pink. Last week, while I was driving through a residential area nestled in the desert mountains, I could hardly keep my eyes on the road. Everywhere I turned, there were brightly colored cactus blooming…. Read More

CELEBRATE AZ WATER | BOULDER CREEK

This article originally appeared on March 20, 2013 at WildernessDave.com and was reprinted with permission. The photo at the end of this blog by David C. was the winner of our Spring 2014 Celebrate AZ Water Photo Contest from over 1,000 entries. The contest provided a stunning opportunity to celebrate the… Read More

PLANT OF THE MONTH – GLANDULARIA (formerly VERBENA)

FIRST, A BRIEF DISCUSSION OF SCIENTIFIC NAMES Before we start talking about these beautiful groundcovers, we want to briefly discuss plant names with you. The botanical name given to plants is often referred to as the “scientific name” or “Latin name.” Each plant has a name made up of two… Read More

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