The state has mandated no more than 2 days a week watering. Although challenging to the inland California lawns in mid-summer, it might help us learn how the landscape actually needs watering. • Watering is to be done between 8pm and 10am; run drip last if having trouble with the watering window. Exceptions are only for testing and repair. The drip areas should be mulched. • No use of water to wash sidewalks or driveways except for unsanitary conditions. • Inspect systems for leaks and blocked sprinklers. Learn to read the water meter and the indicator of low–constant flows. Make sure site personnel know how to shut off systems in case of line breaks or valve failures. • When finding run off in sprinkler systems, shorten run time and use repeat cycles to help put the water deeper in the ground and not down the gutter. Smarter cycling – adjusting cycling so that water can soak deeper into the root zone is essential in our heavy soils. • Better sprinkler heads – convert to multi-stream rotating nozzles which produce less runoff, better uniformity, and better wind resistance. They offer a plug-and play improvement that can be done immediately and give a great ROI • Drip conversion of planting beds where sprays are ineffective. Most of the original hardware can be reused and a layer of mulch will dress up the area, holding in the moisture while hiding the drip lines. • Make regular adjustments in the watering schedule to meet the changes in weather. New “smart” controllers adjust daily to the factors that affect your plants need for water. • Irrigation systems must be off during rain and for at least 2 days afterwards. Rainfall is defined as ¼” or more. This can be done with automatic equipment or on-site management. • Reconsider the landscape and watering adjacent to hardscape, make changes to avoid runoff. Correct what you can and rethink the topography, the plant material and watering systems as you remodel. • Modifications in the landscape should take into consideration the state WELO (Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance) Some of the basic principles: Less lawn Use of climate-appropriate plants-Online Resources SF Plant Finder, WUCOLS Drip irrigation for landscape planting Planting beds are to be mulched Automatic controllers are to be self-adjusting No water allowed to run off property More permeability, less sloped areas to hardscape • If you are considering lawn conversion – do it now and enjoy immediate water savings. Converting a sprinkler zone to drip, “Bay-Friendly” recommends replacing the turf in this zone with mulch covered cardboard and drought-tolerant plants watered by drip lines. This method composts in-place enriching the soil. It can be staged so water savings is immediate, the site is dressed up with mulch and signage explaining the process, and wait for the cooler days of fall to plant the area and the winter rains to supply most of the water. • Much of the water savings from our serious drought of the mid 70’s came from the improvements in toilets. If you haven’t done so it is time to replace them now. • Check with you local water provider for advice and the availability of rebates to help you with your efforts. The State is adding to these rebates that can make lawn conversion and “smart” controller installation more affordable.
Turn your traditional lawn into a water efficient garden with healthy soil using this sheet mulching guide.
NDS Pop-Up drainage Emitters act as the discharge point of a drainage system, opening easily when needed to allow water to flow freely from the pipe and away from structural foundations.
The drainage companion to the pop-up emitter is the Flo-Well. This discharge component is an easy to install and sustainable solution for stormwater runoff. Flo-Well units collect, retain, and discharge stormwater on-site, offering a gravel-free alternative to a traditional dry well.
NDS Permeable Paver Systems are designed to provide design professionals with an alternative paving solution to concrete, asphalt or similar surfaces.
Drip irrigation is a more precise and efficient way to deliver the right amount of water to the right plants. If you are stuck with an above ground sprinkler system for your lawn, but want to upgrade to a drip system for a vegetable garden, then an array of new products make the steps to transformation are easier than you think.
On Thursday, September 19th from noon to 4pm, this program features five speakers that worked on the development, update, and application of WUCOLS.
Download the product overview PDF (includes pricing).Please right click, select ‘Save As’ Evapotranspiration is a simple concept that can save you money when it is applied to landscape irrigation. Smart new ET controllers use it to enable lush, thriving plants while reducing water usage by 20-50 per cent. This is the biggest breakthrough for landscape water conservation since the introduction of drip irrigation over 30 years ago. Evapotranspiration is the amount of water that is lost from the soil through evaporation and plant use. As the days get longer and warmer from March to August, E.T., or the plant’s need for water, gradually increases. Besides the length of day, temperature, humidity, and rainfall all are factored into watering schedules. When rain usually ends in March, irrigation controllers traditionally are turned on and then left running on a preset schedule until well into the fall when it begins raining again. This schedule waters too much on some days and not enough on others, either wasting water or causing plant stress. More efficient irrigation scheduling would read just the system run times to match the changing plant water needs daily, and would water less as days get cooler and shorter in the fall. E.T. irrigation controllers re-adjust themselves automatically as often as needed without manual reprogramming by using three sources of information: 1. Built in logic has solar radiation values for every micro climate, permanently stored onboard in memory, by postal zip code or latitude. 2. Entered data about each zone to be watered: soil type, plant type, irrigation type (sprinklers or drip), and slope. 3. Real-time data from on-site sensors or wireless E.T. weather data service enabling fast response to unexpected storms or heat waves. To deliver on these revolutionary water-saving promises, E.T. controllers require correct set-up with site & product specific input. After they are correctly installed and programmed, these controllers operate trouble free, delivering only the amount of water needed by the plants every day, through the wet and dry season, without waste. The Urban Farmer Store is a trained, certified, and authorized distributor of Hunter Solar Sync, Hunter ET System, Weathermatic’s Smart-Line®, Irritrol’s Smart Dial® ET controllers, Aquairus Acclima & etWater Contractors and homeowners can learn how to properly set up these controllers from the Urban Farmer Store. Marin Municipal Water District and EBMUD may offer rebates and incentives directly to water customers who install these E.T. controller. Check the EBMUD or MMWD Marin Municipal Water District websites for detials.