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Infrequent deep watering encourages deeper root growth and results in plants with greater drought tolerance
Stop watering your plants on a specific schedule. Instead, lift potted plants and learn how heavy they are when recently watered and when they are dry.LEARN HOW
Cover soil with a thick layer of organic mulch, like wood chips, to reduce evaporation, smother weed seedlings, keep the soil cool, and reduce erosion.LEARN HOW
Distribute irrigation water evenly, being sure to wet the soil ball from the container as well as the surrounding few inches of native soil all around the plant.
Soil that is constantly wet won’t have enough air pockets and the roots can’t breathe. Roots that can’t breathe are stressed rootsLEARN HOW
Lawn care equipment can contribute to air pollution. Reducing our lawn areas can result in less mowingLEARN HOW
“There are natives that grow in cool damp conditions that would typically be found in the mountains along a stream. There are some that have evolved to prefer the windy salt breeze along the oceanfront. Others can go all summer without any supplemental water and thrive in an arid climate. Check with your local nursery to give you regional gardening pointers.” -UCCE Master Gardener’s of Orange CountyLEARN HOW
A properly adjusted sprinkler head should spray large droplets of water, not a fine mist, to minimize evaporation and wind drift.
If you steam or boil vegetables, save the water! When cooled, the nutrient rich water makes a free fertilizer for your plants.
Let your lawn go brown while considering tearing it out. Use an Overwatering is Out sign to let your neighbors know what’s going on!LEARN HOW
Consider using a rain barrel and apply for a $75 rebate per barrel!LEARN HOW
Mature turf grass likely doesn’t need to be fertilized.LEARN HOW
Next time you need to clean a driveway or sidewalk use a broom instead of a hose.
Make sure your gutter downspouts are strategically aimed towards trees or other areas with high water needs
Use a 3-inch layer of mulch to hold water in the ground around trees and plants each seasonLEARN HOW
If you walk across your lawn and don’t see any footprints, it means your lawn is getting sufficient water.LEARN HOW