Be a Waterwise Gardener!
Enroll in a California Friendly Landscape Class
Learn 6 important ways to make your garden California Friendly. This class introduces a holistic and waterwise approach to residential gardens. No-cost, three-hour classes are being offered in San Diego County in early 2014:
Saturday, January 25, 2014—9 am to 12 pm
Scripps Ranch Community Center
11885 Cypress Canyon Road, San Diego
Saturday, February 1, 2014—9 am to 12 pm
2525 Bacon Street, San Diego
Saturday, April 5, 2014—9 am to 12 pm
Ocean Air Recreation Room
4770 Fairport Way. San Diego
Reserve your spot now! Please RSVP to 619.533.7548.
This fast paced and informative class gets to the root of the problem with most gardens – the soil. You will learn to think about your garden from the soil up. We live in a unique climate, but often try to recreate a landscape that is neither sustainable or healthy for ourselves. The class will talk about how to use our limited rainfall wisely, irrigate efficiently, and hydrozone our plants.
- Site analysis
- Capturing rainfall
- Soil type and improvement
- Irrigation systems
- Plant choices and why (the class does not go into detail on plant types)
November 1 Marks Change in Irrigation Times
Now that daylight savings time is over, there's another clock that needs changing. November 1 marks the day in which the City of San Diego water irrigation times change. From now through May 31st, City customers can water their landscape as early as 4 p.m. The days are shorter, so the water lost to evaporation decreases.
By comparison, from June to October when we have the hotter months of the year, customers aren't allowed to use their irrigation systems until after 6 p.m. November is also a good time to think about cutting back on the amount of water you use for irrigation. Not as much is needed compared to the dog days of summer.
When water timers are set correctly, customers are using water more efficiently. For more information on water conservation and the City's landscape watering calculator, which helps customers determine the amount of water use according to their specific landscape design, visit the Waste No Water Information and Resources page.
Tools to Help Eliminate Water Waste
A Landscape Watering Calculator is available here, to help you determine the how long to water your landscape.
In addition, the San Diego County Water Authority offers a Residential Household Water Use Calculator to help residents estimate how much water they use in their homes, and provides practical tips for conserving.
Surveys & Rebate Programs Available Now!
Residential and Commercial Water Surveys
Leaks and over irrigation can cause significant waste. The City of San Diego offers free Water Conservation services:
- Residential Interior and Exterior Surveys
- Multi-family Interior and Exterior Surveys
- Commercial Landscape Surveys
- Water-Wise Business Survey Program
For a survey appointment and more information, call (619) 570-1999, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City's Public Utilities Department has residential and commercial outdoor rebate programs to help customers save in a big way. Funded primarily by state grants competitively sought and obtained by the City, the rebates are available to eligible single-family, multi-family and commercial customers on a first-come, first served basis. Click the icons to the right to learn more about irrigation controllers,micro-irrigation, turf removal and rainwater harvesting (rain barrels) rebates.
California-Friendly Gardening Ideas and Plant Reference
This excellent resource allows you to view local examples of low-water use gardens, then teaches you about the plants that you see in the picture. You can also use the plant list (over 1100 plants with photos, shown below) where you can discover detailed descriptions of plants searching by their name, or characteristics.