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Fall is a spectacular time to garden in Orange County. To help boost your gardening skills, here is a list of the top FREE gardening classes happening in Orange County this month:
October 10 | OC Garden Friendly Kickoff
October 14 | How-to: Water Efficient Gardening
October 21 | How-to: The Right Gardening Equipment
- San Juan Capistrano
October 17 | Make Your Garden Grow
- Corona del Mar
October 24 | Planting Fall Color
October 24 | OC Garden Friendly Home Depot Garden Sale
That’s not it. Check the full calendar listing here. Now go out and meet other gneighbors and let’s garden Orange County together!
Since the Governor’s announcement of mandatory watering restrictions, applications for rebates on turf grass removal absolutely skyrocketed. Applications went from just 10 per month to nearly 1500! So many of your gneighbors were approved for rebates, in fact, that the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California just voted to approve another $350 million of additional turf-replacement rebates. That’s real money for some beautiful California Friendly project for sure!
Even with the extra funding, there is a real chance that these rebates will dry up so you’ll want to move quickly. Residential homes are eligible for rebates up to $2 per square foot of lawn removed to a max of $6,000.
As always, Gnorman is happy to help and you can find even more rebates local to Orange County!
Or, if you are still on the fence, come check out just how easy it can be to remove that turf grass and start dreaming of how beautiful your California Friendly garden will be!
Last week we talked about just giving your turf grass and plants one good soak per week while the temperatures are low and the sun less intense. That is great advice, but it won’t work for all homes especially if you have clay soil or steep hills where a good soak means a lot of overwatering.
Fear not, there’s a solution for you too and that solution is (almost) just as easy.
The trick? Water in “spurts” (minimum 1 minute or up to 3 minutes max) a few times per week (as little as 1 to 3 times). This will give your turf grass and plants a lighter soak, but make sure your water isn’t escaping out into the streets.
Now, of course, the best news is that this water saving tip can get you Gnorman Approved. Head on over to the pledge page and you’ll have a yard sign faster than you can stop overwatering.
Even though we’re coming up on the end of the rainy season, the temperatures are still low and the sun less intense. That means that your plants and turf grass are still basking in the shade and don’t require nearly as much watering as they did during the hot summer months.
Here’s a couple of super easy and quick tips to dramatically reduce overwatering:
- Let your turf grass get a little longer. The longer blades will hold more water, and help establish deeper roots. All you have to do is raise your lawn mower a notch and mow a bit less often.
- Water just once per week and water a little longer than normal—check with your water provider for maximum run times and don’t water so long as to cause runoff! Turf grass only needs to be watered one day per week during these cooler months and a deeper soak will also encourage deeper root growth which will come in handy during the summer.
That’s right—two easy tips that ask you to spend less time working outdoors and more time enjoying it.
The best news is that if you do these two simple things or decide to try even more, you can jump on over to our pledge page and get your FREE Gnorman Approved yard sign! It can head your way without delay!
Let me know how it goes in the comments below!
You may start to see Gnorman popping up throughout Orange County gneighborhoods as more and more residents are proudly proving that they have stopped overwatering. The best news is that you can join them with just a few key strokes to get your FREE Gnorman Approved yard sign. All you have to do is jump on over to our pledge page, let us know what water saving action you’ve taken, and we’ll send you a yard sign to help spread the word!
It’s a simple sign for an important message. Let your gneighbors know that it is important to you.
Tell us in the comments below what action you’ve taken and then get your FREE yard sign.
You’re here which means there is a good chance that you are already committed to doing your part to stop overwatering. Maybe stopping overwatering means you planted California Friendly plants, maybe it means you decided to use a watering index, or maybe it means you tore out your turf grass all together! Whatever it means to you, Gnorman Approves!
Now is your chance to help spread the message and let your gneighbors who aren’t already here understand why you’re doing what you’re doing with a Gnorman Approved yard sign. Jump on over to Get Gnorman Approved, fill out the easy form, and we’ll send a Gnorman your way to help Orange County realize that overwatering is out!
(or just click me and I’ll take you right there!)
What do you think of the yard sign? This was inspired by your comments, so we definitely want to hear what you have to say. Leave a comment below!
Over the last couple weeks we’ve talked through some great rebates that will help you stop overwatering during this rainy season. While you’re feeling productive, here’s one more great rebate that will make you an even better water steward and save you some money— Change your sprinkler heads to high efficiency nozzles.
This simple change can reduce your outdoor water use by up to 30% just by more efficiently spraying the water and more easily avoiding sidewalks and driveways. There are hundreds of models available for the rebate, with most starting at about $5-6 per head.
If you upgrade 15 or more sprinkler heads, the rebate will cover $4 per head.
That means you can upgrade and get efficient for about a buck a sprinkler!
Last week we talked about how smart it is to install a rain barrel in advance of the rainy season. This week we’re going the other direction and talk about something that isn’t smart—watering your turf grass when it is already raining. No one intends to water their lawn in the rain, it just sort of happens because they forget to turn off a scheduled watering when it happens to rain. Fortunately, there are plenty of solutions that can automatically adjust your watering without you having to do a thing. Even better, we have another round of rebates—up to $380 off a Smart Irrigation Timer and Soil Moisture Sensors. READ MORE »