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A good thing to remember when Daylight Savings Time ends

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Here’s a little gnome fact:

Benjamin Franklin first thought of the idea of Daylight Savings Time in 1784. While minister of France, he wrote the essay “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light.” However, it was not implemented nationally until the First World War to conserve energy.

Everyone will be turning back clocks when Daylight Savings Time ends. Why not turn down your sprinkler timers too?

Experts recommend OC residents adjust their sprinkler timers for shorter-duration cycles spread over more days. The suggested watering schedule for the upcoming months when days are shorter is up to 12 minutes a week split up into 2-3 minute cycles over a few days.

Remember, overwatering may actually hurt your lawn! Too much water in the soil reduces oxygen necessary for healthy roots making plants more susceptible to root rot diseases. YUCK!

Take a minute to adjust your sprinklers to the suggested watering schedule, and increase watering minutes only if grass shows signs of stress. This is also the perfect time to check your timer’s back-up batteries. If you need help figuring out a watering schedule based on this recommendation, please feel free to email me at gnome@h2oc.org.

Sooo…Have you adjusted the timer on your sprinkler system to save water at home yet? Tell me about it, I’d love to hear! Have you noticed a change in your grass? What about your water bill?

Photo Credit: Mohamed Malik

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