Archive for August, 2017

SAVE YOUR TREES FROM MONSOON DAMAGE

August 1, 2017

Monsoon season is upon us and one important change you can make to help prevent ‘wind throw” (trees blowing over) has to do with watering. You should avoid watering near the trunk. Wet soil near the trunk discourages roots from growing out to the edge of the canopy where they should be. Wet soil near the trunk is also unstable and …

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Save your trees from monsoon damage

CONSERVATION FOR KIDS: TOP TIPS AND TRICKS

August 4, 2017

Conservation for Kids  Just like it’s crucial to teach kids about the importance of saving water, it’s also important to teach children that certain wildlife needs protecting too. Not only is it rewarding to see your child grow up to respect the environment, but engaging them with the wilderness has many health benefits, and might even give them an interest in STEM …

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STUDY: WATER CONSERVATION REDUCES THE COST OF YOUR WATER SERVICES

August 10, 2017

When Everyone Conserves, Everyone Saves Water conservation has been a bedrock element of water management in Arizona for the last several decades. Water conservation is built into our communities where summer highs remain above 100 degrees and rain is a rare blessing. We conserve to stretch water supplies, assure a sound economic future for our grandkids, and keep our environment …

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IT’S THE PERFECT TIME … TO KILL YOUR LAWN!

August 15, 2017

It’s summertime! Your grass is finally greening up and is even filling in nicely where you had brown spots. The conditions are perfect … perfect for killing your lawn, that is. Keeping a green, attractive lawn isn’t a simple task in the low desert. Grass doesn’t just grow where there is bare ground. You have to water it, feed it, …

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BOOST THE VALUE OF CONTROLLER INSTALLATIONS WITH NEW RECYCLING PROGRAM

August 19, 2017

Replacing an old irrigation controller may mean increased water savings and sustainability, but doing so typically adds to the growing pile of discarded electronics taking up space in landfills. But now you can recycle your old irrigation controller. Only 20 percent of electronic waste is recycled, but Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply, Rachio and Blue Star Recyclers launched a new …

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FOUR EASY WAYS LARGE COMPANIES CAN REDUCE WATER WASTE

August 22, 2017

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 facilities to discover where your company can save water. Read …

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CELEBRATE AZ WATER: ALAMO LAKE

August 25, 2017

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 Photo Contest, we think it looks pretty special, too. History …

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

PLANT OF THE MONTH – DESERT MILKWEED

August 31, 2017

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 contains rubber. From spring through fall, flat-topped clusters of pale …

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Monarch Butterfly on Milkweed