505Outside, the Water Authority’s monthly landscaping newsletter

When warm weather hits, plants need more more water. You can’t help that, but you can maximize efficiency by making sure your irrigation system is working to its potential. We recommend replacing old-fashioned sprinkler heads with Water Sense-approved, pressure-reducing spray heads and high- efficiency rotating nozzles. Rebates are available to help you make the change: https://www.505outside.com/residential-irrigation-efficiency-rebates/ In this month’s edition, in addition to our Plant of the Month and some tips on planting prickly pear, we highlight three of the ten winners of our Albuquerque Desert Friendly Landscape contest. People across the city are making the change to conserve water while cultivating their ideal landscapes. We hope you become inspired to join them!

Water Utility Authority Offering Xeriscape Rebates


Just in time for spring, the Water Authority is announcing that its xeriscape rebates are now $2.00 per square foot of turf removed for both residential and commercial customers. Desert-friendly landscapes save water, require less maintenance, and are more appropriate for our arid climate, so the time to get off the lawn is now! Plans must be pre-approved, and certain conditions apply. Rebate requirements can be found at: https://www.abcwua.org/conservation-rebates-residential-commercial-xeriscape-rebates/

Water Utility Authority Announces Time of Day Watering Restrictions Now in Effect


Water Utility Authority customers are reminded that spray irrigation is not allowed between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. from April 1-Oct. 31 every year. Violators are subject to warnings and fines. Reduce water loss to wind and evaporation by using spray irrigation only in the evening or early morning hours.

This restriction shall not apply to drip irrigation and low precipitation bubblers, hand watering, or watering of containerized plants and plant stock. To report water waste call 842-WATR (9287). To learn more, visit: www.abcwua.org.

March 505 Outside Newsletter


March 2022

Maintenance is the word of the month! Prep for spring by checking your irrigation system, cleaning up around the plants you tucked in for the winter, and aerating turf areas. Sign up for a 3 Steps to Landscape Success class to learn more.  We know you won’t be able to resist buying plants this month, so we’re showing you the proper way to install them and keep them healthy.

505 Outside Monthly Newsletter

Colder weather is the cue to ramp down your watering! Irrigate only on an as-needed basis and don’t forget to give your trees a deep watering about once a month. It’s the best way to keep plants healthy as we head into winter. Check out our Fall Watering Recommendations — or sign up for an online “Weather the Drought” class — to learn more! Also, this is a good time to add mulch to all your plants; it will keep their roots insulated from coming cold snaps. Locally produced “Compost del Rio Grande” is available for purchase from the Water Authority’s Soil Amendment Facility.

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