Plant & Turf Care

Once your new landscaping is installed, ongoing maintenance will be required to keep it healthy in every season. Below are some of our professional guidelines.

Timer and Watering Schedules

Coconut Contracting tries, whenever possible, to follow the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (AMWUA) landscape watering guidelines. The schedule provided is NOT a definitive plan for every yard. Many factors influence how one property uses water relative to another. It’s a process of fine-tuning and subtle adjustments, depending on the time of year. As you make changes, if you begin to notice standing water, you should decrease the amount of time sprinklers are on. Conversely, if the changes lead to a dry lawn, change the schedule to increase the time.

  • Winter

    • New shrubs: 3 cycles per day, 5-8 min. per cycle.
    • Established shrubs: 1 cycle per day, 10-14 min. per cycle.
    • New trees: 3 cycles per day, 12-15 min. per cycle.
    • Established trees: 1 cycle per week, 45-60 min. per cycle.


  • Spring

    • New shrubs: 3 cycles per day, 12-15 min. per cycle.
    • Established shrubs: 2 cycles per day, 10-14 min. per cycle.
    • New trees: 3 cycles per day, 15-18 min. per cycle.
    • Established trees: 2 cycles per week, 40-45 min. per cycle.


  • Summer

    • New shrubs: 3 cycles per day, 18-22 min. per cycle.
    • Established shrubs: 2 cycles per day, 18-25 min. per cycle.
    • New trees: 3 cycles per day, 15-18 min. per cycle.
    • Established trees: 2 cycles per week, 60-75 min. per cycle.


  • Fall

    • New shrubs: 3 cycles per day, 10-14 min. per cycle.
    • Established shrubs: 2 cycles per day, 15-20 min. per cycle
    • New trees: 3 cycles per day, 12-15 min. per cycle.
    • Established trees: 2 cycles per week, 40-45 min. per cycle.

*Note - Watering schedules are not definite.  Variables such as sun exposure and soil composition can cause watering schedules to vary.

Whenever you alter the irrigation schedule of your plants, be attentive. Make sure that the plants are responding to the changes that you made.

 

Click here to download our watering schedule card.

Watering Schedule Card - landscape_watering_guidelines

 

Turf Care

The most efficient time to water your lawn is early in the morning. The wind is not a factor, so sprinkler heads can achieve their proper coverage. Keep in mind that every yard is different. Factors such as exposure, the slope of your property and the weather will affect how/when you should water your lawn. It’s important that you monitor closely how your lawn responds to the changes you make to a watering schedule. While water is obviously important, mowing technique and frequency has the greatest effect on the overall appearance of your yard. Done properly, mowing influences the color, texture and density of your lawn. Also, proper mowing can diminish weeds, prevent disease and increase resilience to extreme temperatures and foot traffic.

When mowing your lawn, we recommend cutting only the top one-third of the grass blade. More than that can slow growth both in the root system and at the blades.

Pruning

Being SmartScape certified means that we understand that shearing and shaping desert-adapted plants is bad for their health. When shearing is done, all the new growth of the plant is cut off, forever restricting its full bloom cycle. Shearing also kills the interior foliage and eventually will kill the entire plant. We understand that some homeowners like a “clean look”, but we make sure our clients know the financial implications of making such a decision. When it comes time to prune your plants, rest assured that we know how and where to cut, ensuring that the plant recovers and thrives.