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.
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