Archive for October, 2017

FALL PLANTING IN THE ARIZONA DESERT

October 3, 2017

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 established before next summer’s heat sets in. Also, with cooler …

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

October 18, 2017

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 American’s love of lush green lawns and doing whatever it …

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Plant of the Month – Desert Lavender

October 20, 2017

Description The gray leaves of Desert lavender, Hyptis emoryi, are covered with fine hairs and are soft to the touch. A pleasant lavender scent is released following rains or if you brush against the foliage. Individual leaves are 1-inch-long by ¾ inch wide, broader at the base than the tip. The edges have rounded teeth. The branches grow upright to …

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Desert lavender surrounds a bench

HOW DO I SELECT A LANDSCAPE PROFESSIONAL?

October 26, 2017

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 need help? How do you select a landscape professional? How …

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Rio-Verde-Community-Center-Xeriscape

TOP TEN REASONS TO CONVERT TO XERISCAPE!

Maintaining an attractive and healthy lawn is not easy in our desert climate. While bermudagrass (our summer-active turf) is drought and heat tolerant, it still requires a great deal of time, resources and energy to keep it looking good. If a year-round green lawn is desired, winter ryegrass needs to be seeded each fall, creating more work and requiring more …

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CELEBRATE AZ WATER – 100 YEARS STRONG: SRP AND RECLAMATION PARTNERSHIP HELPED SHAPE THE WEST

October 30, 2017

SRP and government officials recently celebrated the centennial anniversary of a partnership between the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and SRP. Among the guests at the Washington, D.C., reception hosted by SRP were Sen. Jeff Flake and Reps. Trent Franks, Raúl Grijalva, David Schweikert, Paul Gosar, Martha McSally, Ruben Gallego, Andy Biggs and Tom O’Halleran. The 1917 agreement between SRP and …

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View of Roosevelt Dam