Dealing With Drought
Dealing With Drought
Green Gardens Healthy Bay

Two Ways to Deal with the Drought

In California, more than half of the water used at your home is for outside purposes. Studies show that on average, half of the water used outdoors is wasted. The leading cause of waste is incorrectly set and poorly managed irrigation controllers. The second biggest cause of wastage is broken irrigation equipment that goes undetected. There are a few basic things you can do to make a big difference in your water use.

1. We are officially out of the drought, but we all need to conserve water. Reset your irrigation controller to no more than twice a week. The idea is to do two deep soaks per week. If you can get water into the root zone and away from the evaporative effect of the sun or avoid losing the irrigation water to runoff, you can save a great deal of water. A deep soak might mean multiple cycle starts with pauses between the cycles to give the water time to penetrate our heavy clay soils before more water is added. Usually a 20 minute pause works fine.

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