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3 Smart Rain Tips

Are you enjoying all of the rain? Don’t worry, we’ll be back to sunny Orange County days soon enough. For now, here are three incredibly easy ways you can make sure to take advantage of that rain!

  • Keep using that Watering Index! A Watering Index provides a percentage by which you should reduce your watering to account for rain. In fact, given the cooler temperatures and overcast days, your plants need even less water. Skipping a scheduled water here or there will just encourage your plants to grow deeper, heartier roots.
  • Adjust your downspouts! Check your downspouts to make sure they are pointed away from the foundation and towards an area that can benefit from increased watering like a rain garden or a thirsty tree.
  • Identify overwatering zones! Do you see areas where water is pooling? Do you see water leaving your lawn and washing towards the storm drain? These are overwatering zones. Make a mental note (or, better yet, actually flag them) so that next spring you can incorporate them into your landscape plans. Build a rain garden in the low areas where water pools or build up a ridge to keep water from flowing off your property and into the storm drain system.

Just like that, you’ll be helping to stop overwatering!


Which of these 3 things have you tried?


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  1. Johnny Says:

    January 30th, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    I’m going to totally try this stuff. Thanks Gnorm

  2. Mallory Says:

    February 2nd, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    I adjusted my downspouts so that they point towards my rain garden. It’s working out great! :)