Knowing when and how to water plants is one of the most important aspects of
gardening and landscape plant maintenance; it is also one of the most complex.
Many interacting factors determine the frequency of application and the amount
of water to be applied. Some of these factors include: the plant's inherent
water requirements based on species; the climate of the region (maco climate)
and the environment around the home (micro climate); the season of year; the
type of water delivery (irrigation) system; and the desire or necessity to
A great portion of Arizona is either arid or semi-arid, and within these
regions reside much of the state's population. Tremendous and ever-increasing
demands are being placed on our limited water resources. As water for
landscapes and gardens utilizes roughly 60% of the total water consumed by
residents, it behooves us all to make wise decisions about the use of this
water for irrigation purposes. This includes proper landscape planning, plant
selection, efficient irrigation, and wise water management practices.
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