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DRAB TO FAB: WATCH AND LEARN FROM THIS BACKYARD MAKEOVER

September 27, 2017

Lisa Osborne and her husband bought their City of Avondale home in 2008. They planted two citrus trees in the backyard that sat in a field of gravel for years and proceeded to turn brown. Until last November, the backyard had not changed. The economic downturn and family responsibilities left the yard to become what Lisa called the dog’s den, …

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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

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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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

FOUR TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR BACKYARD GREEN WHILE SAVING WATER

July 25, 2017

Discover how to keep your backyard healthy and environmentally friendly Maintaining a sustainable backyard can be difficult during summer months. However, you can keep your yard green and healthy without water waste by implementing these four tips. Take advantage of native plants Keeping your backyard healthy and vibrant starts with the plants you’re using. In order to more easily save …

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YES, VIRGINIA, THERE ARE RULES FOR USING GRAY WATER

July 11, 2017

Minimal rainfall in Arizona is a great reminder of why we need to use water as wisely as possible.  This includes informing ourselves about the ever-increasing and innovative ways to recycle all types of water, such as the water from our washing machines, bathtubs, showers, and bathroom sinks. These are collectively referred to as “gray water”.  In Arizona, gray water …

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PLANT OF THE MONTH – CREOSOTE BUSH

July 6, 2017

Creosote Bush, Larrea tridentata is the perfect plant for us to feature during these hot summer months. It’s one of the toughest plants you’ll find, and with a little extra water, they are green and attractive in the landscape! Description – What does the Creosote Bush look like? Whenever it rains in the desert, Creosote Bush lends a distinctive fragrance …

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DRAB TO FAB BACKYARD REHAB: AND THE WINNER IS…

June 30, 2017

We are thrilled to announce the winner of this year’s Drab to Fab Backyard Rehab giveaway. DRUMROLL please! Congratulations to Paul M. from Tempe, Arizona! Out of a record-breaking 11,576 entries, Paul has won a gorgeous Xeriscape landscape makeover package valued at $9,000. Paul, who grew up in Scottsdale and is a flight attendant with American Airlines, is thrilled for the …

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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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SPRUCE UP YOUR IRRIGATION SYSTEM THIS SPRING

May 3, 2017

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 is working as efficiently as possible. If you’re not changing …

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DRAB TO FAB 2: WIN A BEAUTIFUL XERISCAPE LANDSCAPE MAKEOVER

April 18, 2017

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 & Landscape Supply to provide landscape makeover tips and tricks. …

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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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