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.
Learn how to use recycled water from your washing machine to water your outdoor garden with this instructional video.
The Dura Slope trench drain system consists of neutral and pre-sloped sections of trench drain. Manufactured from HDPE, this trench drain offers a durable alternative to concrete channel that will save time and reduce cost at installation.
Available in five designs: Weave, Tile, Brick, Diamond and Slot.
The patented EZ Flow Poly-Rock aggregate is uniquely engineered with “*flow channels” designed to increase void space — and is engineered for improved water flow rates, greater storage capacity and structural integrity to resist compaction.
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.
Catch Basins can have a major impact on proper landscape drainage. NDS has a variety of catch basins to ensure a proper solution to every drainage need.
NDS Permeable Paver Systems are designed to provide design professionals with an alternative paving solution to concrete, asphalt or similar surfaces.