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.
Product Description Every gardener knows that a successful growing season requires a lot of water. However, with droughts hitting numerous parts of the United States, meeting those water demands to ensure that a garden is productive and flowers are flourishing can be a costly operation. The Rain Barrel provides an easy way to collect, store, and irrigate with the free water running off of your roof. NOW IN STOCK! Product Details – Extra large 60-gallon capacity – Manufactured in the USA with recycled material – Lid with locking feature for safety – Sealed system keeps out mosquitoes, pests and sunlight – Quick and easy to install and winterize – All parts for installation and use are included – Includes spigot and garden hose adapter – Includes connection kit for down spout – 3 year full replacement warranty included – Hole saw included – Dimensions 39” Tall x 28.5” Upper Diameter 3 Easy steps to install! – Drill Hole in downspout with hole saw – Install diverter into the downspout – Connect hose to diverter and barrel
Bay-Friendly Landscaping and Gardening Coalition Events with Brad Lancaster Brad Lancaster is an author, permaculture teacher, designer and consultant. He is passionate about not only rain water harvesting, but harvesting and enhancing other free resources such as sun, wind, and shade to build sustainable landscapes. Read more at www.harvestingrainwater.com Simple & Effective Ways to Enhance the Natural Abundance of Your Home, Community, and the Larger World WHAT: Brad Lancaster shares patterns and strategies to harvest, integrate, and enliven free local resources-such as rain, grey, and storm water, sun, wind, and shade, along with soil fertility, wild foods, and community fun – in a way that generates more potential than the sum of their parts. Scarcity is re-visioned into abundance through creative cycling and utilization of what is already at hand. This presentation covers simple, manageable small site projects DATES: Monday, February 10, 2014 TIME: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. LOCATION: Hall of Flowers In Golden Gate Park, 9th Avenue @ Lincoln Ave, San Francisco COST: Register before 2/7/2014 and the cost is $15 for Bay-Friendly members, and $20 for non-members. After 2/7/14, the cost is $20 for Bay-Friendly members, and $25 for non-members. TO REGISTER: Please click here to visit the registration portal Turning Drains Into Sponges and Water Scarcity Into Water Abundance WHAT: Brad Lancaster shares eight universal principles of water harvesting along with simple strategies that turn water scarcity into water abundance and floods into opportunity. They empower you to create integrated water-sustainable landscape plans at home and throughout your community. This presentation will focus on large projects and how to recreate our cities with fewer storm drains by reestablishing watersheds. DATES: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 TIME: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. LOCATION: Lakeside Park Garden Center on Lake Merritt, 66 Bellevue Ave, Oakland, CA 94610 COST: Register before 2/7/2014 and the cost is $15 for Bay-Friendly members, and $20 for non-members. After 2/7/14, the cost is $20 for Bay-Friendly members, and $25 for non-members. TO REGISTER: Please click here to visit the registration portal
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Rain Barrel Program Due to an outpouring of interest in the Oakland Rain Barrel Program, the City has exhausted its funds for subsidized rain barrels and the program is now officially closed. We appreciate your interest in rainwater harvesting. Please email us if you’d like to add your name to our mailing list to receive information on future availability of rain barrels, should new funding become available. Thank you for being a good water steward! How to Get Your Rain Barrel (for residents who have already placed their order) Store Pick Up: You can pick up your tank at the Urban Farmer Store, once you have received confirmation that your tank is available and in stock. Due to the overwhelming demand, most tanks will arrive about 45 days from the order date. The Urban Farmer Store is open M-F 7:30-5, Sat 9-5 and is located at 2121-C San Joaquin St, Richmond, just off the freeway between I-80 and I-580. Their phone is (510) 524-1604. Home Delivery: If you prefer home delivery, the cost is $30 for tanks less than $205 gallons and $60 for tanks over 205 gallons. Rain Barrel Distribution Events–West Oakland For residents picking up rain barrels, distribution events will now occur every Saturday from 11 am – 1 pm at American Steel Studios at 1960 Mandela Parkway in West Oakland. **You must have a scheduled appointment to pick up your tank, so please call the Urban Farmer store to make arrangements (510) 524-1604. Note: 620 gallon tanks must be picked up at the Urban Farmer Store in Richmond and will not be available at the American Steel Studios site. Upcoming Workshops An in-depth rainwater installation workshop is being offered Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 1-4pm at Skyline High School. Please email us if you want to sign up. If you wish to be notified of future rain barrel workshops or events email us. Factors to consider when choosing your rainwater catchment system: Before you install – Plan your system so it does not cause erosion or allow water to concentrate near structures or another person’s property. For design assistance, contact a professional such as a landscape contractor, architect or engineer. See Information & Resources below, for a list of local rainwater resources & professionals. Soils – A variety of factors including slopes, soil types, high groundwater & stability may limit or prevent the use of certain capture systems. Soils range from having a high sand content to a high clay content, & therefore filter water at different rates. Consult with a professional to determine your soil type & the rainwater systems appropriate for your property. Mosquitoes – When implemented correctly, rainwater catchment systems do not allow mosquitoes to breed. Ensure that water infiltrates into the ground within five days or stored water is sealed & screened to prevent mosquito access. For more information, contact theAlameda County Mosquito Abatement District.
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