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Managing your Landscape during Drought

Here are some ideas on how to manage your landscape during drought.
What can I do to better manage my landscape during a drought?
Making sure your irrigation system is in proper working order is imperative.

  • Regularly inspect your timer and valves to be sure they are in working order. Immediately replace any missing emitters or damaged sprinkler heads.
  • Locate and use your rain shut off button on your controller when we receive precipitation. Learn where your outside water supply is, so you can shut it off in case of emergency or if your valve is not functioning properly.
  • Adjust sprinkler heads so they are not spraying onto sidewalks, patios or driveways.

Follow basic landscape maintenance principles.

  • Regularly weed granite areas as weeds can soak up valuable soil moisture that could otherwise be used by landscape plants.
  • Do not shear prune shrubs. This can cause them to be less water efficient and cause sun scald on stems or branches.
  • Apply organic mulch (shredded bark or compost) around the base of plants to help maintain soil moisture and reduce temperature. 

Prioritize landscape water requirements by assigning monetary and functional values to your living landscape.

  • Give trees a higher watering priority than grass or flowerbeds. Most grass areas can tolerate long periods of drought and if damaged can be replanted and will rejuvenate in a matter of months. Trees, however, are more difficult to replace.  They take much longer to grow and can be costly to remove.