Plant of the Month – Yellow Bells, Orange Bells, & Much More!
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by Water Use It Wisely
3d ago
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 a cooling effect during the hot summer months. Yellow Bells can be used with more evergreen desert shrubs such as jojoba and Arizona rosewood to form a natural screen or barrier. They can also be used against walls where it is afforded some frost ..read more
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Can It Be Flushed? The Answer is Likely, NO!
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by Water Use It Wisely
1w ago
THIS IS GOING TO “Be GROSS” It’s time to talk about something unpleasant, folks, because what you flush matters, and I’ll tell you why. Hold onto your seats while I take you through a guided tour of a typical wastewater treatment plant. SOCKS, BASEBALLS, AND RUBBER DUCKIES. OH MY. On any given day, wastewater treatment operators encounter a staggering variety of strange objects while operating and maintaining the equipment at their treatment plants. If it is small enough to fit through a typical household pipe, we’ve seen it. While at my job, I personally have encountered baby wipes, sanitary ..read more
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Arbor Day is Friday, April 26!
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by Water Use It Wisely
1M ago
A 3rd Place winner in the 2024 Arizona Arbor Day Contest. Friday, April 26th is Arbor Day, a special day set aside to encourage the planting and proper care of trees.  It has been 152 years since J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day. His simple idea of setting aside a special day for tree planting is now more important than ever. The 1st official Arbor Day was created by Morton and celebrated in Nebraska in 1872. In the years following that first Arbor Day, Morton’s idea spread beyond Nebraska and today all 50 states celebrate Arbor Day. Trees Are Superheroes These superheroes of nature c ..read more
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Plant of the Month: Coral Fountain
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by Water Use It Wisely
1M ago
When you ask most people what they want in their garden, their most common answer is, “color”. One of the best plants that I like to recommend for warm-season color is the coral fountain. Also known as the firecracker plant (Russelia equisetiformis). It has beautiful, cascading foliage that resembles the movement of water. Deep orange flowers begin to appear in spring, the attract both humans and hummingbirds. As you can see, this is not a plant for subtle color – it is dramatic. It looks great when paired with succulents like artichoke agave (Agave parryi ‘truncata’), elephants food ..read more
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Plant of the Month: Shades of Green
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by Water Use It Wisely
2M ago
Shamrocks Aren’t the Only Green Plant to Celebrate in March I hear that wearing green will make you invisible to leprechauns so you can avoid being pinched. Some say it will bring you good luck. Even beyond March and St. Patrick’s Day, green is often used for interior decorating for its calming effect? You’ve likely heard about television guests waiting in the ‘green room’ to relax. It’s also been increasingly recognized that forests and outdoor green spaces alleviate symptoms of stress and anxiety while providing health benefits like lowering blood pressure and mental well-being. Fresh green ..read more
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Desert Landscape Design Ideas Now Available from Phoenix
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by Water Use It Wisely
3M ago
Your journey to creating or maintaining a water-wise landscape is now even easier thanks to the resources provided by the city of Phoenix Water Services Department. Phoenix Water recently collaborated with design experts from Arizona State University to produce free, easy-to-use desert landscape, or xeriscape, design guides that anyone can download. The Desert Landscapes in Your Front Yard guides were created to offer ideas for three typical front yard sizes. Each inspirational design guide provides fun facts, helpful tips, desert plant selections, and even plant substitute ideas.   Spri ..read more
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You are invited to SRP’s Water Conservation Expo!
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by Cassi Bruner
3M ago
  Saving Water is What This Expo is About Are you interested in learning about water conservation and saving money on water-efficient upgrades? Join us in person on Saturday, March 2, 2024 from 8 a.m. – noon at PERA for the water-saving event of the year, the SRP Water Conservation Expo! Purchase a smart irrigation controller for $60 + tax (retail value $285 or $239.98) Enjoy a mini plant sale by Desert Botanical Garden Discover water conservation products and rebate programs Attend smart irrigation controller and water-related classes taught by experts Learn about water conservation an ..read more
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Plant of the Month – Brittlebush
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by Water Use It Wisely
4M ago
This month, our plant of the month blog features another plant description from a newly revised book, Cool Plants for Hot Gardens by Greg Starr! In his book, Greg features 150 water-smart choices for the Southwest – it’s no wonder why we like the book so much here at Water – Use It Wisely! He includes a fun category of the “Etymology” or the origin of the scientific name, as well as “Field Notes” he has taken (and somehow kept track of) that describe where he found or has observed the plants growing in habitat. Brittlebrush, Encelia farinosa AT-A-GLANCE The yellow blossoms of Brittle ..read more
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Five Favorite Blogs of 2023
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by Cassi Bruner
4M ago
As we wade into the promising ventures of 2024, it’s time to reflect on the wisdom shared in the past year. In this blog post, we’re excited to shine a spotlight on our five favorite blogs of 2023 that made a significant splash. So, let’s jump right in and explore the top picks that set the tone for water-saving last year. 1. Celebrate AZ Water: A Tale of Two Watersheds     Last February started with great anticipation as the southwest was experiencing above-average winter rains and snowfall. This was especially critical to the Colorado River supplies and the dwindling Lake Mead lev ..read more
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10 Water-Saving Resolutions for 2024
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by Cassi Bruner
4M ago
  2024 is here and water conservation is more important than ever. As we embark on a new year, we’ve rounded up 10 easy water-saving resolutions, to make 2024 the year of a more water-conscious lifestyle. Whether you’re a gardening guru or just getting your feet wet in water conservation, these resolutions are here to turn your everyday routines into water-saving victories.   1. DIY – Fix Leaks and Drips:   Start the year right by tackling those simple plumbing fixes around your home. Did you know that a dripping faucet can waste gallons of water in no time? Check out these DI ..read more
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