New to Tucson: Watering Questions!
We just moved to Tucson from the San Francisco Bay area. I'd like to think I have a green thumb, but I've never lived in the desert. The house we bought has several mature (5-7 yrs) mesquite trees, some roses on the side of the house and a couple agave. There are other plants and some grass, but these will eventually all be taken out because we'd like to have a native yard, or at least strive for one. The previous owner has been completely overwatering from what I can tell: most of the plants, grass, citrus trees 4 times a day for 10 minutes at each watering (yes the lawn was a bog), and the mesquite and roses once a day for 30 minutes. Most everything is on drip lines, which I would really like to re-do anyway (so that the flowers and the trees aren't on the same lines).
I'm really only interested in knowing recommended watering o the mesquites (maybe deep every 10-14 days?)and the roses (every 7?). I found a great guide for watering the citrus already. There are a couple of barrel cacti and agave, watering for them?
Does anyone know of some good nursery's to get native plants? Or places to get ideas on native landscaping would be great too :)
I really appreciate any help you have!