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10 PRUNING TIPS FOR HEALTHIER, PRETTIER DESERT TREES

April 17, 2018

Investing in a tree adds shade to your yard, value to your home, and is a gift to your city. The Cool Urban Space Project by the City of Phoenix, University of Arizona, and Arizona State University showed that a goal of 25 percent canopy could reduce near-ground temperatures in the city by 4.3 degrees. Trees also reduce air pollution, storm runoff, and …

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sweet acacia tree

PREVENT WATER RUNOFF – TRY CYCLE AND SOAK

September 11, 2017

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 soak into the soil, resulting in water being wasted as …

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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

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

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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MAKE YOUR BACKYARD POND AN ENVIRONMENTAL ASSET

July 14, 2017

With a shift away from grass-filled lawns that require water, energy, and resources like gas and oil to maintain, many people are seeing the benefits of more natural landscaping environments that include water features. Below are some methods you can use to maximize the positive environmental impact of your backyard pond. Enhance Nature, Don’t Disrupt it When you’re looking to …

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PLANT OF THE MONTH – CORDIA

June 23, 2017

Lovely, white blossoms of not one, but two different types of cordia, add welcome beauty to the arid landscape throughout the warm season, including summer. Cordias are large shrubs that are underused in the garden and deserve more attention due to their ability to thrive in full sun and shrug off the summer heat. Their evergreen foliage looks great all …

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HERE’S TO WINE AND WATER

June 19, 2017

A Water Fund and an Exchange for the Verde River The Verde Valley of north-central Arizona doesn’t boast vineyards of the extent and or tradition of fine vintages from the Napa or the Willamette valleys. However, if Eric Glomski has anything to say about it, those growers will soon take notice of what he’s up to on the banks of …

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CELEBRATE AZ WATER – HAWLEY LAKE

April 28, 2017

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, summer and fall, making it a great place to escape …

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Norther Flicker

THE MAKING OF “THE LONGEST STRAW”

April 21, 2017

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 declared in January of 2014 as the state suffered through …

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PLANT OF THE MONTH: CACTUS FLOWERS COLOR THE DESERT LANDSCAPE

April 11, 2017

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.  It’s a small miracle that I didn’t crash into the …

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CELEBRATE AZ WATER | BOULDER CREEK

March 30, 2017

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 importance and wonder of water in Arizona and to reflect …

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