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  Outdoor water use typically reaches its highest demand in the month of July, which is why it has been declared ‘Smart Irrigation Month.’ Central Basin MWD would like to celebrate ‘Smart Irrigation Month’ by providing tips to reduce water use.  One of the best ways to contribute to ‘Smart Irrigation Month’ is by participating in SoCal Water$mart’s Turf Replacement Program. In partnership with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Central Basin offers a $2 per square foot rebate for converted turf. Replacing your thirsty grass with a native landscape will reduce the need for irrigation and significantly lower your water bill. Additionally, water saving measures such as irrigation controllers, rain barrels, and soil moisture sensors are also available for rebates. However, if you choose to keep your lawn, we highly recommend only watering once or twice a week, either early mornings or late evenings, as the cooler temperatures will reduce water evaporation and allow for more penetration through the soil. Another recommendation would be to consider replacing your lawn with hardier species of grass such as Buffalo Grass or California Fescue, which add drought tolerant flowers to your landscape as opposed to annuals. Annuals, while vivid and intense in their bloom, are often short lived and require much irrigation. Succulents are an alternative from the traditional American landscape, and provide a chance to experiment with their unique shapes and colors. Try to avoid tropical plants as they require lots of irrigation and more often than not, these exotic plants are not suited to our environment. Native plants to California are the best possible choice as they are adapted to live in our arid and dry climate, only needing occasional water from rainfall. Another simple method to use less water while irrigating is through the use of mulch. Mulch reduces evaporation of water, thereby conserving water for plants and reducing the need for more irrigation. Mulch comes in a variety of forms all with their own unique benefits that can match your landscape needs and designs. Mulch can range from pine chips that provide a pleasing aroma to smooth pebbles that give a more refined look. Certain types of mulch have been known to naturally repel fleas, ticks, and gnats from your landscape, while also preventing the growth and spreading of weeds. When it comes time to replace broken down organic mulch, rest assured knowing that the organic matter provides essential nutrients for the soil beneath, making it stronger and healthier for future plants. Lastly, to protect your landscape from water loss, we advise to check your irrigation system for clogged or broken sprinklers. A broken sprinkler head that is not fixed can waste about 11,000 gallons of water annually, and lead to a variety of other issues within your landscape. Pressure problems can lead to uneven, patchy landscapes and dead spots, while overspray can drown plants and lead to runoff, further disrupting a landscape. Many of these issues can be handled by the homeowner early on before ever requiring the use of a professional.   For more information about what rebates you could receive and more landscape ideas for ‘Smart Irrigation Month’ visit www.socalwatersmart.com. 
Posted by kelsey.coleman  On Jul 09, 2019 at 4:54 PM