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Use a pool cover to prevent evaporation.
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$('#drop9').bt('Spot or Hand Water
Avoid turning on entire irrigation system to cover "brown spots" and instead choose to water those spots by hand.
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Improve overall efficiency by using high efficiency spray nozzles and/or rotating or oscillating nozzles.
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Reduce lawn areas to a size just big enough for children, pets and recreation.
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Periodically review your irrigation system for leaks and broken heads or drip lines.
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When washing cars, use a hose nozzle that shuts water off while standing by.
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Use a broom instead of the hose for cleaning sidewalks, patios, and driveways.
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OUTDOOR TIPS

Irrigation Tips

Inspect and Tune-Up

Periodically review your irrigation system for leaks and broken heads or drip lines. Adjust sprinkler heads so they don't spray walls, sidewalks or driveways.

Time of Day

Water during the early morning hours between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. to minimize evaporation and interference from wind.

Time of Year

Water according to current weather and season (bell curve) or install a "smart" controller that will automatically calculate the amount of water needed for each watering session. Shut off irrigation system during the wet winter months and water only as needed during abnormally warm and dry periods. Use the following guidelines for conventional controller settings.

turf grass graph

Note: The guidelines suggested on this chart are estimates based on typical irrigation conditions in Santa
Clarita Valley. Results may vary.

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scv h2o time of year

 

Tips For Turf

Cycle and Soak

Divide your watering cycle into shorter periods to reduce runoff by monitoring how many minutes you can run your spray irrigation system before water begins to run off the property. Stop the cycle at that point and allow the water to fully absorb for about one hour before running another cycle.

Spot or Hand Water

Avoid turning on entire irrigation system to cover "brown spots" and instead choose to water those spots by hand.

Decrease Pressure

Reduce pressure to avoid misting which results in water loss due to evaporation and wind drift.

Drip Emitters

Use drip emitters instead of inefficient spray heads for non turf areas.

Upgrade Nozzles

Improve overall efficiency by using High Efficiency spray nozzles and/or rotating or oscillating nozzles.

Downsize Turf

Reduce lawn areas to a size just big enough for children, pets and recreation.

Turf Replacement

Replace aesthetic turf with Santa Clarita Valley friendly drought resistant varieties.

scv h2o watering cycle

scvh2o nozzles

 

Outdoor Activities

Outdoor Cleaning

Use a broom instead of the hose for cleaning sidewalks, patios, and driveways.

Air conditioning Units / Condensation Water Collection

Collect condensation from your air conditioner (if practical) for use in your garden, bushes, trees, or "Brown Spots" in turf areas. You may be able to collect up to 15 gallons or more per day.

Car Washing

Check your local regulations for rules regarding car washing. When washing cars, use a hose nozzle that shuts water off while standing by or choose to wash your car at a car wash.

Pools

Use a pool cover to prevent evaporation.

More Information

Visit www.santaclaritagardens.com for more information and tips on gardening and landscaping in Santa Clarita.

scv h2o outdoor cleaning

scv h20 pool cover

 

Blog Roll

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  3. 2015 UWMP 2nd Hearing SCVH2O Administrator 24-May-2016
  4. 2015 UWMP 1st Hearing Update SCVH2O Administrator 05-Apr-2016