On Sunday, March 10, 2013, we “spring forward” with Daylight Saving Time, so move your clocks aheadone hour. This is also a good time to check your landscape irrigation watering system for leaks. Check to make sure it is set according to local standards. CLICK HERE to find the Watering Guide for the City of Ventura.
When the days are longer and the temperatures are higher, it’s important to take advantage of the lower evaporation rates by watering early in the morning or in the evening when the temperatures are cooler. When you water during the cooler parts of the day, it’s better for your landscape and you can save up to 25 gallons each time you water.
Did you know that adding organic material to your soil will help increase its absorption and water retention? Areas that are already planted can also be “top dressed” with organic compost or organic matter (that you make from compost and/or you buy at your local nursery).
You can greatly reduce the amount of water used for shrubs, beds and lawns by:
•The strategic placement of soaker hoses
•Installing a rain barrel water catchment system
•Installing a simple drip-irrigation system
Avoid over-watering plants and shrubs, as this can actually diminish plant health and cause a yellowing of the leaves.
Also, when hand water, use a variable spray nozzle (see image below) for targeted watering.