The Q&A Archives: salty water

Question: we have salty well water. Where can I have it tested and is there any literature about gardening and watering with salty water.

Answer: Arizona State University has compiled a list of soil and water testing labs. There is not one in your immediate area, but you can contact one of the following analytical labs. They will send you a test kit and you simply mail your water sample to them for analysis:
Chandler Analytical
571 N. 54th
Chandler, AZ 85266
phone 480-963-2495

Aqua Tech Environmental Laboratories
2700 E Bilby Rd, Bldg A
Tucson, AZ 85706

Aquatic Consulting and Testing, Inc.
1525 W. University Dr, Suite 106
Tempe, AZ 85281

Columbia Analytical Services
3902 E. University Dr, Suite 4
Phoenix, AZ 85034

Some plants are more tolerant of salty water than others. Asparagus fern, rosemary, ice plant, natal plum, firecracker, lantana, agave, bottlebrush, yucca, oleander, purple heart, bougainvillea, pampas grass, cape honeysuckle, trumpet vine, ruellia, texas sage, indian hawthorne, bamboo, bird of paradise, palms, and fountain grass are a few known to be salt tolerant.

Best wishes with your landscape!

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