Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Turn Your Sprinklers Up A Notch in July

It’s July, and the weather – at last – seems close to normal.

With its long and hot days, July is also when you should turn your automatic sprinklers up a notch to keep your yard green.

For your lawn, we recommend watering three or four days per week, and your trees and shrubs two to three days per week. Of course, the best time is to water in the early morning between 3 and 8 a.m. before the sun comes up. This allows the water to soak in and help your plants before it can evaporate.

If your auto system allows it, water in short cycles.

Lose the Lawn & Grow a Garden

Our Pilot Water-Efficient Landscape Rebate Program returns, offering rebates to customers who replace their lawns with water-saving gardens.

Rebates are up to $500 for residential customers. Multi-family and commercial customers can earn up to $5,000.

Please follow the steps to make sure you receive your rebate. Don't start on your project until you receive a "Notice to Proceed" from CCWD.

Take a look at our short video, where CCWD Conservation Supervisor Chris Dundon shows how he “lost the lawn” at his own home and grew a garden. The effort cut his water use in half, and his yard is beautiful.

Native Plant Symposium in September

A two-day native plant symposium will be held Sept. 17 and 18 here in the Bay Area. A variety of organizations will be running the symposium titled "Growing Natives: Inspiring & Enduring Gardens" will include a number of speakers, workshops and demonstrations. CCWD is a sponsor.