Help Save Water and Save Money

While I have written about the importance of saving water, "Southern California's Most Pressing Problem", "Water – Water - Everywhere … So Where Did It Go?", the reality is that this very serious problem threatens Southern California's very existence and it isn't going away–in fact, it's getting worse. And as we are already in "fire season" ("Firewise Your Landscape") I thought I would bring to your attention some of the money and water-saving programs and approaches currently available.

Water Conservation in Los Angeles

The City of Los Angeles recently implemented Phase II of its Water Conservation Ordnance, which requires the following:

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  • Outdoor watering with sprinklers is restricted to three days a week with different watering days assigned to odd-numbered and even-numbered street addresses.
  • Customers with odd-numbered street addresses – ending in 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 – are allowed to use their sprinkler systems on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • Customers with even-numbered street addresses – ending in 0, 2, 4, 6, or 8 – are allowed to use their sprinkler systems on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
  • Watering with sprinklers is limited to one eight-minute cycle per watering day for non-conserving nozzle sprinkler systems (typical residential system), or two 15-minute cycles per watering day for conserving nozzle sprinkler systems.
  • All outdoor watering is restricted to hours before 9:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m., regardless of the watering day.

Saving Water At Home

When it comes to water conservation every little step helps. A leaky faucet can waste 1500 gallons of water per month.

Check out these links to save money and water:

Rebate Programs

Rebates for installing water-saving devices in your home and yard are widely available in Los Angeles County.

You can get rebates for installing:

Rebates will vary depending on your water provider. Check your water bill to find out who your water provider is.

Helpful Links

  • Save a Buck – Rebates for businesses, landscape programs and multi-family residential rebates.
  • SoCalWaterSmart – Rebates for high-efficiency devices and landscapes.

Water Conservation Landscaping

One of the most effective and lasting steps you can take to conserve water is to convert your yard into a drought-resistant landscape using native-plants species and succulents, "Saucy Succulents Exposed".

Garden of Eva specializes in turning water consuming landscape into drought-resistant ones that annually save thousands of gallons of water and my clients hundreds and, in some cases, thousands of dollars.  I would be happy to do a site inspection of your property to see what you can do to save water, save money and help save Southern California.

  • Water Saving Calculator - Get an estimate of how much water you might save by changing to a drought-resistant landscape.

The information in this newsletter is based on material from the Water Replenishment District of Southern California, and I highly recommend checking it out as it provides a whole range of tools, services and recommendations.

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If you're interested in learning more about our design, contracting and maintenance services and would like to set up a phone consultation or arrange a site inspection, please give me a call (323-461-6556) or email me. I also love giving advice and have provided garden consultations to any number of folks with great results.

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Plant Of The Month

Yarrow

Yarrow

Yarrow is a hardy and versatile perennial with fernlike leaves and colorful blooms. The large, flat-topped flower clusters are perfect for cutting and drying.

Most yarrows grow 2 to 4 feet tall, although low-growing varieties are also available.

The plants are remarkably durable, tolerating dry spells and low soil fertility where other perennials would fade. Yarrows bloom from midsummer into fall; flower colors include red, pink, salmon, yellow, and white.

Yarrow are versatile and look equally at home in a perennial border, sunny rock garden, or wildflower meadow. Powdery mildew disease may be a problem in humid areas.

Special Features
  • Easy care/low maintenance
  • Multiplies readily
  • Good for cut flowers
  • Attracts butterflies
  • Tolerates dry soil
Planting Instructions

Select a site with full sun and very well-drained soil. Yarrow thrives in hot, dry conditions and low soil fertility, but won't tolerate wet soils.

Plant in spring, spacing plants 1 to 2 feet apart, depending on the variety. Plant at a depth of 12 to 15 inches in a hole twice the diameter of the pot the plant, mixing in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost. Water thoroughly.

Source: National Gardening Association

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