Desert plants are tough, but in your Scottsdale or Phoenix landscaping, watering enough to keep them in prime health make your yard look better and your plants easier to care for.

Landscape Watering Tips: Phoenix – Scottsdale Area

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Best Practices

We hope this information will help answer your questions concerning your Arizona landscaping plants.

Your automatic irrigation system is a low maintenance, economical way to keep your plants irrigated efficiently. It should help keep maintenance to a minimum and plant health to a maximum. Please read the irrigation, fertilization, and weed control instructions carefully. Should anything arise that would require our advice or help, feel free to call our office at (623) 780-8900.

Thank you, and we wish you many happy and comfortable years in your home.

Jesse Inzunza, Owner

WATERING GUIDE FOR NEWLY INSTALLED PLANTS

During hot periods: 60 minutes every day for the first 2 weeks, then follow watering guide below.

During cool periods: 60 minutes every day for one week, then follow watering guide below.

  • The “Days” column tells you how often to water, for example, every 2 days or every 3 days.
  • The “Time” column tells you how long to allow the system to water each time.
  • Don’t forget, early morning is the best time to water!
PLANT TYPEDAYS & TIME
SHRUBS: Desert Adapted1 day – 45 Mins
SHRUBS: Tropical1 day – 1.0 Hrs
LAWN: Warm Weather2 day – 12 Mins
LAWN: Cool Weather2 day – 10 Mins
ANNUAL FLOWERS1 day – 20 Mins
VEGETABLE GARDEN1 day – 20 Mins
CACTUSOkay with typical rainfall. In hotter months: soak twice a month

NOTE – Homeowners are responsible for adjusting watering times, unless Desert Crest is on contract to maintain your yard.

PLANT TYPEDAYS & TIME
SHRUBS: Desert Adapted1 day – 1.0 Hrs
SHRUBS: Tropical1 day – 1.5 Hrs
LAWN: Warm Weather1 day – 10 Mins
LAWN: Cool Weather2 day – 10 Mins
ANNUAL FLOWERS3 x daily – 5 Mins
VEGETABLE GARDEN1 day – 20 Mins
CACTUSOkay with typical rainfall. In hotter months: soak twice a month

NOTE – Homeowners are responsible for adjusting watering times, unless Desert Crest is on contract to maintain your yard.

PLANT TYPEDAYS & TIME
SHRUBS: Desert Adapted1 day – 45 Mins
SHRUBS: Tropical1 day – 1.0 Hrs
LAWN: Warm Weather2 day – 12 Mins
LAWN: Cool Weather3 day – 12 Mins
ANNUAL FLOWERS1 day – 20 Mins
VEGETABLE GARDEN1 day – 20 Mins
CACTUSOkay with typical rainfall. In hotter months: soak twice a month

NOTE – Homeowners are responsible for adjusting watering times, unless Desert Crest is on contract to maintain your yard.

PLANT TYPEDAYS & TIME
SHRUBS: Desert Adapted2 day – 1.0 Hrs
SHRUBS: Tropical2 day – 1.0 Hrs
LAWN: Warm Weather3 day – 10 Mins
LAWN: Cool WeatherNone
ANNUAL FLOWERS1 day – 15 Mins
VEGETABLE GARDEN1 day – 15 Mins
CACTUSOkay with typical rainfall. In hotter months: soak twice a month

NOTE – Homeowners are responsible for adjusting watering times, unless Desert Crest is on contract to maintain your yard.

ADJUST FOR RAINS

Turn off your automatic controller during rainy weather. You don’t want to over water your plants or waste water. Be sure to turn the system back on when you think the ground has dried to a point where the plants need to get back on their watering schedule.

COLD WEATHER CAUTION:

If temperatures drop too low, don’t ignore your landscape plants. We highly recommend that you water daily during freeze warnings.

STILL NEED ANSWERS?

If you didn’t find the info you were looking for here about your watering system – visit our Irrigation FAQ Page page.

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