PLANT OF THE MONTH – CHINESE PISTACHE

Are you in search of the perfect tree? Try the Chinese Pistache (Pistacia chinensis). If you miss the vivid, light to very dark red, scarlet, orange and yellow colors of fall, this tree will give you a brilliant display in December, with new leaves emerging in late March to early… Read More

PREVENT WATER RUNOFF – TRY CYCLE AND SOAK

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… Read More

PLANT OF THE MONTH – DESERT MILKWEED

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… Read More

Monarch Butterfly on Milkweed

CELEBRATE AZ WATER: ALAMO LAKE

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… Read More

Wild Burros, possibly descended from burros brought to Alamo Lake by Spanish explorers

STUDY: WATER CONSERVATION REDUCES THE COST OF YOUR WATER SERVICES

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… Read More

MAKE YOUR BACKYARD POND AN ENVIRONMENTAL ASSET

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… Read More

PLANT OF THE MONTH – CORDIA

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… Read More

HERE’S TO WINE AND WATER

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… Read More

SAVING WATER IN SWIMMING POOLS: 5 WAYS TO CUT POOL WATER LOSS

Additional measures to prevent liquid losses from your backyard resort This is Part 2 of a 2-part series on swimming pool water conservation. This article was originally posted by Blue Haven Pools & Spas on April 11, 201 and is being reprinted with permission. Fighting evaporation is crucial to making… Read More

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