Southwestern Deserts

January, 2008
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Xeriscape Contest
Does your landscape feature an interesting combination of native and low-water-use plants, water harvesting, graywater, and efficient irrigation systems? Consider entering the 8th Annual Xeriscape Contest sponsored by Arizona Department of Water Resources and Tucson Botanical Garden. Landscapes must be from the greater Tucson area. Entry fees are $10 for homeowners, $75 for professionals. Entries must be postmarked by or dropped off at the garden by 5 p.m., April 1, 2008. Full details are at: http://www.tucsonbotanical.org/xeriscape_contest.html.

Clever Gardening Technique

Conserve Water
The desert has been receiving much-needed rain this winter. Use the "off," "stop," or "rain" setting on irrigation controllers to stop the watering cycle without disrupting the overall program. Most plants don't need much water during winter dormancy, so timers can remain off if rains continue.

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