Outdoors Archives - Water Use It Wisely

Keep the Splash In Your Pool: Is Your Pool Leaking?

Summer is almost here, the temperatures are heating up, and that means it’s almost swim season. So now is the time to get your pool in tip top shape, which includes determining if your pool is leaking. In our dry, Arizona desert climate, the typical swimming pool can evaporate its… Read More

PLANT OF THE MONTH – YELLOW BELLS, ORANGE BELLS, & MUCH MORE!

Yellow Bells provide a burst of summer color to desert xeriscape gardens. Spectacular clusters of bright yellow, bell-shaped flowers attract hummingbirds and cover these large shrubs or small trees from April through November. Pencil-like seed pods that develop in the fall provide food for over-wintering songbirds. The bright green foliage offers… Read More

HOW TO USE OLLA IRRIGATION

Use of low-fired, clay ceramic vessels (ollas) is an ancient technique for the efficient irrigation of crops. First, in use in China and North Africa more than 4,000 years ago, the technique has spread throughout arid regions of the world. The use of ollas (pronounced oh-yahs) can save the gardener time, energy,… Read More

CELEBRATE AZ WATER WITH US AT LAKE HAVASU

Lake Havasu was created in 1938 after the completion of Parker Dam on the Colorado River through the federal Bureau of Reclamation. Parker Dam stands 320 feet tall and the majority of its concrete structure is submerged underwater. This feature makes it the deepest dam in the world. Hydroelectricity generation… Read More

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… Read More

HOW DO I SELECT A LANDSCAPE PROFESSIONAL?

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… Read More

Rio-Verde-Community-Center-Xeriscape

PLANT OF THE MONTH – DESERT LAVENDER

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…. Read More

Desert lavender surrounds a bench
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