Dec 13

Winter Turf Fertility

Posted on December 13, 2017 at 12:07 PM by Adam Rosen

As the temperatures get colder in December, the fertilization and fertility of your turf will need some adjustments. Apply a fertilizer with Iron to keep the turf emerald green. Iron will help with the yellowing of the turf which may occur as the weather gets colder. After an application of Iron, you may want to switch to a Calcium Nitrate product, which is more effective in colder weather.

Remember, when frost is present, do not walk on the turf as this will damage the blades of grass. Water your turf later in the morning to avoid creating a slipping issue with ice present on sidewalks.

Dec 06

Save on Water Costs in December

Posted on December 6, 2017 at 10:39 AM by Adam Rosen

December is a good time to cut back or turn off your irrigation system to your landscape. Chances are you have used more water this year due to the relatively light rainfall and warmer temperatures we’ve experienced in 2016. Here is some data in comparison from 2014 through October 2017.

The ET numbers equate to the amount of water in inches you will need to replace in your landscape due to evaporation, solar radiation, humidity, wind and rainfall received from Mother Nature. If the data holds, we will be warmer in 2017 and will not receive as much rainfall as 2014, 2015 and 2016.

                             ET                    Rainfall

2014                  75.9                    10.11”

2015                  73.2                      5.80”

2016                  78.8                      7.71”

2017                  77.1                     4.59” (thru November)                   

For the entire month of December, you are better off to manually run the irrigation system after looking at your turf, trees, and shrubs.

  • Water rye grass if you notice footprints staying depressed as you walk across your lawn.  This is a sign the turf could use water.
  • Water trees twice per month if we receive no rainfall.
  • Water shrubs once or twice per week if we receive no rainfall.

It is always better to use your eyes and look at the landscape before applying water in the winter. The plants will tell you what they need water-wise and you can save some money during colder times.

Nov 29

Sustainable Arizona Landscape

Posted on November 29, 2017 at 11:18 AM by Adam Rosen

With water being at a premium and no rainfall to speak of for the past two and a half months, it is imperative that Arizonians watch their water consumption. The best way to start is to evaluate the landscape and determine if we are utilizing native plants. 

Native plants have adapted over the years to require less water than California-grown stock plant material which we often see in Arizona nurseries. Most big-box stores purchase their landscape stock from California and isn’t well suited to our climates here in Arizona. Be sure to ask your local nursery where they get their plants. It does make a difference in adaptability and water use requirements.

Bursage, Creosote, Fairy Duster, Agave and Aloe species are mostly all locally grown and will do better with less water than more colorful plants you’ll find at nurseries. Do your research and ask for low water usage plant material. Desert-adapted plants will have color but just more seasonal than species like Oleanders or Lantana.

Due diligence will help to achieve less water usage in the Valley.