Southwestern Deserts

April, 2012
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Three Drip Irrigation Classes
In celebration of April's Water Awareness Month, the folks from the Water Wise Program in Cochise County (southern Arizona) are offering three classes to share everything you need to know about drip irrigation systems. Drip Irrigation Basics will be held in Bisbee on Tuesday, April 3, 5:30-7:00pm. Drip Irrigation for Homeowners will be Saturday, April 7, 9-11:30am. If irrigation timers befuddle you, attend Timing it Right on Saturday, April 14, 9-11 a.m. All classes are free and presented by University of Arizona Cochise County Cooperative Extension. Find locations and class descriptions at

Clever Gardening Technique

Water the Soil, Not the Veggies and Flowers
Avoid sprinkling or splashing water on plant foliage with automatic sprinklers or hand watering with a hose. Apply water directly to the soil with drip irrigation, soaker hoses, or a gentle trickle from a regular hose that is moved around the garden. Twenty to forty percent of overhead watering is lost to wind and evaporation. Also, wet foliage or plants with soil splashed on them are susceptible to fungal diseases. Once diseases gain a toehold, eradication is difficult, so it is best to not create friendly environments for them.

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