The arid climate of the Las Vegas desert presents unique challenges when it comes to irrigation. With scorching temperatures and limited water resources, maintaining healthy landscapes and gardens requires careful planning and efficient watering techniques.  Our policy at Chip-N-Dale’s is to help you deliver the precise amount of water to each plant to maintain good health and not a drop more.  Below are the core concepts addressed by a well-planned, functional irrigation system:

Watering Techniques

When it comes to watering techniques in the Las Vegas desert, efficiency is key. The most popular and efficient method for delivering water to plants and trees of all sizes is through a drip system. Drip systems deliver water directly to the root zone via a series of tubes and emitters connected to a low-pressure valve.  This setup reduces evaporation and ensures better water absorption by plants. Additionally, mulching around plants with organic material or bark can help retain moisture and reduce evaporation.

Watering Schedule

Establishing a proper watering schedule is crucial in desert environments like Las Vegas. Due to the high temperatures and low rainfall, traditional plants in this region require more frequent watering compared to other areas. Typically, a deep watering two to three times per week on mature landscape shrubs is recommended during the growing season. Watering in the early morning or late evening is ideal to minimize evaporation. However, it is important to adjust the schedule based on seasonal conditions and the specific needs of different plant species.

Amounts of Water

Determining the appropriate amount of water to use during irrigation is a balancing act. Underwatering can lead to stress and damage to plants, while overwatering wastes precious resources and can promote the growth of pests and diseases. A general guideline is to run drip systems with single gallon-per-hour emitters for 30-90 minutes each watering session. However, it’s important to consider factors such as soil type, plant species, and stage of growth when determining specific watering amounts. 

Drip Systems

Drip irrigation systems have become increasingly popular in the Las Vegas desert for trees and shrubs due to their efficiency and water-saving benefits. These systems use tubing with emitters to deliver water directly to the plants’ root zones. By minimizing evaporation and runoff, drip systems ensure that water is utilized more effectively. Additionally, drip systems can be customized to accommodate different plant types, allowing for precise watering according to individual needs.

Overwatering and Underwatering

Both overwatering and underwatering pose risks to plants in the Las Vegas desert. Overwatering not only wastes water but also leads to shallow root growth and increased susceptibility to diseases and pests. Underwatering, on the other hand, can result in stress, stunted growth, and decreased plant vigor. It is essential to strike a balance between the two and adjust watering practices based on the specific needs of different plant species. Regular observation, soil moisture monitoring, and proper irrigation system maintenance can help mitigate these risks.


The challenges of irrigation in the desert demand thoughtful and efficient approaches to water usage. By employing appropriate watering techniques, adhering to a the SNWA schedule, and irrigating with sufficient amounts of water, Southern Nevada homeowners can overcome these challenges and maintain vibrant, sustainable landscapes. Our maintenance crew members are trained to check your irrigation clocks regularly to maintain efficient usage of water resources while fostering healthy plant growth in our outdoor living spaces.