We don't encourage homeowner irrigation of common areas. If you have a special concern regarding irrigation in the common areas outside your walls, please submit a Landscape request.
Your eyes are appreciated to point out stressed plants, downed branches and other landscaping concerns. Contact the Landscaping Committee via a Landscape Request.
The landscape crew does not water for you. Their job is to clean and maintain our current landscape. Watering is only provided for new plantings if the Landscape Committee chooses to add vegetation to enhance an area. Once desert plants are established, they will no longer need to be watered.
Manual watering by homeowners should only be done with a spray nozzle that has an on/off trigger. Dragging a running hose wastes water. Don't leave a hose running and walk away - it's too easy to forget the running hose. We all share the water bills in Colonia Verde so wasting water impacts us all. Sprinklers of any type should not be used since evaporation happens quickly in this climate and the water needs to get to the roots, not sprayed across the leaves.
The Landscape Rules and regulations, page 2-3, item 5 has a suggested water schedule for you. This is perfect for a low water use yard. However, it only shows how often, not how much. Watering has to be deep enough to be effective and to promote healthy root growth which in turn prevents a shallow root system and potentially blowing over in a strong wind storm. The amount of water is determined by the size of the container of the plant planted. For low water use plants, a 1 gallon size plant needs 15 gallons a week in warm weather. A 5 gallon size plant needs 20 gallons a week. This goes up in amount if planting from even larger containers. That's a lot of water! Moderate and high water use plants require even more water (which is why we don’t recommend them).
New plantings are an exception to this watering schedule. They should be watered daily for the first week, every other day for a week or two, then every three days for a few weeks. For the rest of the first year, water just once a week. If on a drip system, set the timer for a long enough period to put out enough water determined by the size of the emitter. This information should be available wherever you purchase your equipment. For hand watering, consider your container size.
So, what is Xeriscaping?
Xeriscaping is the practice of zonal planting and water harvesting for low water use gardening. Channeling the water runoff from your house to plants is important. Low areas often lined with rock and ridges help direct rain water to plants. As Colonia Verde is an older community and this practice is more popular now, we have quite the opposite going on. Most of our water is quickly encouraged away from our houses (and plants) and quickly runs down our streets and washes. This is wasted water.
On a small scale, this can be corrected in each yard on an individual basis by placing mounds and boulders and by digging wells when doing new planting.
An alternative is to take advantage of the CVHOA Rainwater Harvesting program that can capture the water from homes as runoff from our monsoons. Utilizing rain containers can capture and store water for use during our dry times.
Zonal planting is simply the idea of putting more moderate water-use plants in zones against or close to the house and the further out you go, much more arid plants are used. The Landscaping Committee supports and encourages these practices.
Any changes you envision to the areas outside your walls need to be reviewed by the Landscape Committee. The Landscape Committee is happy to talk with you to plan any changes you are considering. Forms are available in the Clubhouse and on our website (Request Forms -> Landscaping Request).
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