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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!

Dirty Cars and Clean Water

There are always a lot of dusty cars this time of year as sporadic rains, morning dew and nightly fogs leave a layer on everything. That inevitably leads to a nice, sunny day when people get the idea to wash their cars. You might not realize it, but washing your car is potentially a huge source of overwatering. Fortunately, there are some easy actions you can take to reduce overwatering and stop polluting.

THE GOOD

The best thing you can do is use a commercial car wash. Commercial car washes follow regulations to minimize potential pollution. They also have the best equipment to recycle water or minimize excessive water waste. When in doubt—go to the pros.

THE BAD

If you wash your car at home, don’t wash it on the driveway. The water quickly streams down to the stormdrain system and takes with it all the dirt, grime, and potentially harmful soaps. Instead, wash your car on gravel, grass, or other permeable surfaces. This slows the flow of water and pollutants and lets the ground act as a natural filter.

THE UGLY

Whatever you do, make sure to use hoses with nozzles that automatically turn off when left unattended. There is no excuse to let a hose spray freely when it is not being used. Using a nozzle saves up to 10 gallons per minute. That means that if it takes you just 20 minutes to wash your car, you’d be overwatering up to 200 gallons if you don’t use the right equipment!

Just like that, three easy actions you can take to stop overwatering.

  • If you’re going to wash your car, take it to the pros
  • If you’re washing it at home, wash it over a permeable surface so the water doesn’t go to waste or to the ocean
  • And whatever you do, make sure your hoses have an automatic shut off nozzle!

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Going Friendly in 6 Steps

We’re still in the winter season, but it is never too early to start planning for how you’re going to stop overwatering all next summer! One of the best ways to do that is by reducing how much water your garden needs by planting California Friendly plants. The best time to do *that* is in the fall and winter when the temperatures are cooler and rain is more likely. READ MORE »

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 »

Two Easy Sprinkler Tips that Go a Long Way

Save water and money by adjusting your sprinkler timer. Here’s how:

  • Water your landscapes before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. At that time, temperatures are cooler and the air is calmer so evaporation is kept to a minimum.
  • Water your landscapes twice a week. Watering thoroughly, but infrequently, will help READ MORE »