Archive for “Environment and Sustainability” Category

Water – Plant It Wisely: Everything You Need for Spring Planting!

February 12, 2024

This spring, learn how beautiful water conservation can be.  Spring is in the air; in the sweetness of the citrus buds, in the warmth against your skin, and in the vibrant colors of blooming shrubs. Time to put your garden gloves and shovel to work and get your landscaping on par with the rest of Mother Nature. Water – Plant …

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You are invited to SRP’s Water Conservation Expo!

February 6, 2024

  Saving Water is What This Expo is About Are you interested in learning about water conservation and saving money on water-efficient upgrades? Join us in person on Saturday, March 2, 2024 from 8 a.m. – noon at PERA for the water-saving event of the year, the SRP Water Conservation Expo! Purchase a smart irrigation controller for $60 + tax …

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Five Favorite Blogs of 2023

January 17, 2024

As we wade into the promising ventures of 2024, it’s time to reflect on the wisdom shared in the past year. In this blog post, we’re excited to shine a spotlight on our five favorite blogs of 2023 that made a significant splash. So, let’s jump right in and explore the top picks that set the tone for water-saving last …

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10 Water-Saving Resolutions for 2024

January 9, 2024

  2024 is here and water conservation is more important than ever. As we embark on a new year, we’ve rounded up 10 easy water-saving resolutions, to make 2024 the year of a more water-conscious lifestyle. Whether you’re a gardening guru or just getting your feet wet in water conservation, these resolutions are here to turn your everyday routines into …

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Xeriscape Gardens – Great Outdoor Escapes

December 19, 2023

Local Xeriscape Gardens. Great holiday getaways for landscaping ideas. You’ve heard about the benefits of forest bathing? Well, in the desert we have xeriscape bathing. Arizona’s many xeriscape demonstration gardens are perfect outdoor getaways during the holiday season. They provide calming places to relax, to enjoy light exercise, and to pick up pointers on how to incorporate xeriscaping ideas into your …

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Gift Ideas That Keep On Saving

December 10, 2023

‘Tis the season of giving… and saving! Look no further than this Water – Use It Wisely approved holiday wish list. WaterSense Labeled Fixtures Who doesn’t want a gift that keeps on giving month after month with water and even energy savings? WaterSense labeled fixtures like a showerhead, irrigation controller, bathroom faucet, and how about a regular or dual-flush toilet? …

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Superstition Springs Transit Center Planting Event Restores Desert Landscaping

November 30, 2023

Beautiful trees and shrubs, including milkweed and other pollinator-friendly varieties, now grace the walkways and parking areas of the Superstition Springs Transit Center. This transformative project is the result of collaborative efforts between Mesa and its partners: Meta, Mesa High School, and the Arizona Sustainability Alliance. Additional support for the initiative came from Valley Metro and the Superstition Springs Center …

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Plant of the Month: Wildflowers!

October 17, 2023

It might seem strange to be talking about wildflowers in the fall. After all, most are spring bloomers, putting on their colorful, showy displays from February through April in the Sonoran Desert. What you may not know is that you need to plant your wildflower seeds NOW for spring bloom! When you look at how our native desert plants survive …

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Fall Planting with Water – Plant It Wisely

September 20, 2023

The fall planting season is here! Temperatures are cooling down, making it a perfect time to replace your plants you may have lost during the record-hot summer, or replace your high-water-usage plants with water-thrifty ones. Find our favorite Water – Use It Wisely resources below: Water – Plant It Wisely: Our Ultimate Fall Planting Resource Put your gardening gloves and …

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Why the Desert Benefits from Low-Water-Use Plants Over Turf or Rockscapes

September 13, 2023

In today’s climate, low-water-use plants have emerged as the superior choice over traditional lawns, artificial turf, and rockscapes due to their many advantages—especially in regions like ours that are facing water scarcity and environmental challenges. Water – Use It Wisely, with permission, is reposting this blog from one of our favorite local garden centers, SummerWinds Nursery. Discover why low-water-use plants are the …

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Removing Your Pool: Saving More Than Water

August 15, 2023

Have you thought about a pool removal? Not only is it a great way to reclaim your backyard for other uses, it may also make your yard safer for children or pets. While it may be true that one in six pool owners surveyed wish they could get rid of their pools, many fail to do so because they lack …

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Pools: Early Leak Detection Is Key to Saving Water & Money

July 17, 2023

Did You Know that an estimated 20% of pools in Arizona have leaks? Water – Use It Wisely, with permission, is reposting this blog from our favorite home advisor, Rosie on the House.  *   *   * Thanks to an abundance of winter rains and significant snowpack, we’re seeing less drought news in the headlines . . . for now. However, …

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