Hire a qualified pro to install your irrigation system and keep it working properly and efficiently.
Hire a Smartscape Certified professional landscaper who has received landscape training specific to the Sonoran Desert.
Adjust your lawn mower to the height of 1.5 to 2 inches. Taller grass shades roots and holds soil moisture better than short grass.
Leave lawn clippings on your grass, this cools the ground and holds in moisture.
If installing a lawn, select a lawn mix or blend that matches your climate and site conditions.
Aerate your lawn periodically. Holes every six inches will allow water to reach the roots, rather than run off the surface.
If walking across the lawn leaves footprints (blades don’t spring back up), then it is time to water.
Let your lawn go dormant (brown) during the winter. Dormant grass only needs to be watered every three to four weeks, less if it rains.
Avoid overseeding your lawn with winter grass. Ryegrass needs water every few days, whereas Dormant Bermuda grass needs water monthly.
Remember to weed your lawn and garden regularly. Weeds compete with other plants for nutrients, light and water.
While fertilizers promote plant growth, they also increase water consumption. Apply the minimum amount of fertilizer needed.
Water your summer lawns once every three days and your winter lawn once every five days.
Catch water in an empty tuna can to measure sprinkler output. 3/4 to 1 inch of water is enough to apply each time you irrigate.