Arizona Summer Watering Tips
Summer temperatures are heating up in the Arizona desert and clients ask us “How do we adjust for the summer heat in our Arizona landscaping?” That’s a great question because plants, like people, will become stressed with higher temps and low humidity. Water demand increases during the summer so we have created some tips for you for established landscaping (landscaping that has been in the ground for a couple of years). It is always a good idea to consult your local landscaper or nursery on specific types of landscaping as these are general Arizona summer watering tips. Or use this Guide to Arizona Desert Landscaping reference booklet.
Arizona Landscape Water Guide
- Annuals – water once every 2-3 days
- Shrubs – Desert adapted once every 12 days; high water use once every 5 days
- Trees – Desert adapted once every 16 days; high water use once every 8 days
- Lawn – Bermuda once every 3 days
- Ground cover and wine – Desert adapted once every 12 days; high water use once every 4 days
- Cacti and succulents – once every 21 days
Did you know a broken sprinkler head can use up to 8 gallons of water per minute? Check sprinkler heads after each mowing or if you do not have grass set a regular schedule to check for broken and misdirected heads. If you have experienced a higher than normal water bill a broken sprinkler head could be the culprit. Take advantage of Chandler Arizona’s free water audit. If you prefer to conduct the audit yourself this link is provided free of charge by the City of Chandler.
Summer in Arizona can be a stressful time for people and plants. Adjusting your landscaping for the summer heat in Arizona is easy if you take the time to educate yourself. We hope these summer watering tips and resources are helpful so that you and your landscaping remain healthy throughout the summer heat.