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In 2016, the award for most beautiful garden goes to…

Congratulations to the 2016 winners of our “Drought, Camera, Action!” photo contest!

The wait is over gneighbors! Here are Orange County’s most beautiful drought tolerant photos:

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Orange County: We’re Saving Water and Fighting the Drought!

Gnorman here bringing good news to you and your Orange County gneighbors!

Thanks to the California-wide effort to save water, officials have stated an overall 29% reduction of water use in May. I am proud to announce that Orange County has saved a collective 26% in comparison with May 2013! Congratulations gneighbors!

Here’s a special shoutout to Orange County’s second largest water district, the Santa Margarita Water District, which increased its savings from 3 percent to 18 percent in under a year. Furthermore, this summer, Santa Margarita will actively prevent overwatering by limiting outdoor watering to no more than 3 days and 36 minutes total per week. Gnorman heartily applauds their efforts.

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Or… Water Light when the Temps are Low

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.

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Let me know how it goes in the comments below!

Watering Less when Temps are Low

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!

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Let me know how it goes in the comments below!

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! READ MORE »

The Power of Swales

We’re back with the seventh and final video in the series by the State Waterboard showing just how easy it is for residents to step up and be environmental stewards. This video is all about the incredible impact that the addition of a swale or a rain garden can have in reducing runoff and putting the rainwater that falls on your home and garden to good use. READ MORE »

Getting Ahead of the Storm – Part 3

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!

Click the button below and I’ll walk you through step-by-step how you can get your rebate and answer any questions you have!

Mulching Secrets from OC Neighbors

Do you ever wonder what the secret to having a nice yard all year round is without having to do too much work? Well wonder no more, some of your neighbors have the answer and it’s MULCH! Last month I put out a handy tip for OC residents that highlighted the 6 Benefits of Mulching and to no surprise I received some great replies back from my diligent neighbors!

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What does your footprint look like?

Knowing if your lawn is getting the right amount of water doesn’t have to be rocket science. The best way I know how to check if a lawn is getting the right amount of water is by giving it the ol’ footprint test. You can say it’s a trick of the trade for us yard experts, but I’ll let you in on the little gnome secret. READ MORE »

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. READ MORE »