With the weather beginning to warm up in Southern California and the fact that we have had the driest year on record in South Orange County it is important to really begin thinking about water conservation. With that in mind here are four quick tips to remember as you are out working in the yard.
•· This is the growing season for most plants, making it the optimal time to fertilize. Make sure to use a well balanced, organic fertilizer during this period.
•· Water deeply to encourage deep root growth: Aerating your lawn can improve root growth. Orange County typically has heavy clay soils, which absorbs water at a slower rate. To get the deep water penetration, consider watering for short periods twice or even three times in one day at least an hour apart. This will promote better root growth.
•· Water your lawn when it needs it: Check by stepping on the grass. If it springs back up when you move, it doesn't need water. If it stays flat, turn on your sprinklers. Trees and shrubs generally require about half of the the lawn needs. If you are watering every day or every other day, you're providing more that most plants need. Randomly, check the moisture of the soil 3-6" below the surface.
•· Prevent runoff: Landscapers often turn sprinkler controllers up too high. Watch for run off and check broken sprinkler heads. Remember, runoff also carriers fertilizers into the storm drain and contributes to pollution.
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