Spring Spruce Up Tips!

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•Prioritize Your Springtime Outdoor Watering Needs

Now is a great time for you to look at the watering needs of all your outdoor areas.  If you have a gardener, walk around the yard together looking at the needs of  your plants and trees.

•Say “NO” to Weeds

Weeds in your garden take valuable water away from your plants and vegetables. So, keep weeds in check.  For weeds in your lawn, remove by hand whenever possible.

•Use Shut-Off Nozzles on hoses

Only use nozzles that completely turn off the water when you’re not using it.  When using a nozzle, they also assist in directing water right to the intended source.

•Capture and recycle rainwater

Place rain barrels or buckets beneath your downspouts.  A 1,000 sq. ft. of roof surface wil collect 420 gallons of water in every inch of rainfall. Use this water for your outdoor plants and trees.

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Spring Forward on March 10, 2013 Ventura! Reset Your Clock and Your Sprinklers

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On Sunday, March 10, 2013, we “spring forward” with Daylight Saving Time, so move your clocks ahead one 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.

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Ventura Water’s Waterwise Tip: Saving Water by Cultivating Garden and Soil Health

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).

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You can greatly reduce the amount of water used for shrubs, beds and lawns by:

•The strategic placement of soaker hoses

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•Installing a rain barrel water catchment system

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•Installing a simple drip-irrigation system

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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.

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