July has been designated as Smart Irrigation Month because it is the month that, traditionally, has the highest water demand. Below are a few tips to help you be more water efficient in July and all season long.
•Be sure your irrigation timer is set to water between the hours of 6pm and 9am.
•Test your irrigation system for leaks or broken sprinklers and fix them promptly.
•Check your system’s efficiency––no water should be running onto hardscape or down the gutter.
•Improve your lawn’s water efficiency by removing the thatch (a layer of organic debris and dead grass that
can build up over time between the soil surface and the green blades of your lawn).
•Add two to three inches of mulch to all garden beds and around the base of trees and shrubs.
•Water more often, but for shorter periods of time, to let the soil absorb more water and to prevent water runoff.
•Use California Friendly Plants when landscaping.
•Group plants by similar water need, light requirements, and soil type.