Water-Wise Tips for Southern California

Slope Runoff

Slope Runoff Many of us waste a lot of water through run off, especially on slopes. When watering on a slope if we put a lot of water down at once the water will run down to the bottom of the slope. The lower slope will be getting a lot of water through percolation and…

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Planting with California Natives

Planting with California Natives Most California Natives should be planted in Fall and Winter. Planting at other times is made complicated by the fact that native plants, like most plants, needs a fair amount of water to get established. Watering in the warmer months is not healthy for most native plants. Most of us choose…

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Using Rain to Conserve Water

Using Rain to Conserve Water Keep your irrigation controller off for as long as reasonable after the rain. Let Nature do its thing. The recent rains have watered our landscapes deeply. The roots are still growing this time of year and we want to encourage them to grow deep.   Over-watering encourages the roots to grow…

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Planting Smart for Water Efficiency

Altadena, CA estate backyard water features and divided pavers and succulents

Planting Smart for Water Efficiency Spring is planting season. Many of us want to go out and plant new colorful plants in our gardens, but we need to use common sense as to where we plant them if we want to conserve water. Just like we plant shade plants in the shade and sun plants…

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How to Water New Plants

hand watering plants

How to Water New Plants This is a quick common sense tip if you are serious about saving water. When planting new flowers or a new shrub in an existing established landscape don’t just turn up the water and water more often, take out a hose or a soaker hose and water just the new…

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Should you use a Drip System?

Should you use a Drip System? Micro Spray – The Good and Bad of Drip Systems Drip systems have long been touted as a great way to reduce irrigation waste because the water is slowly placed near the plant. In many situations drip systems do exactly that. We use drip systems extensively in our nursery.…

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