SCHNETZ WISHES YOU A HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON
December 1st , 2007 – Winter Water Conservation
Since the weather is cooling, think water conservation. It is the time of year when the air temperature drops and water requirements are considerably reduced. Soil temperatures are lower as well and therefore will retain moisture from irrigation, dew and rain fall. Cut back the watering time on irrigation controllers and water fewer times per week. In many instances, it is best to simply set irrigation controllers in the rain/off mode until the soil warms up and begins to dry out. There is no reason to water your garden when it is already saturated, the water will simply run off because it can not be absorbed into the soil. If you see water running across paved areas and down street gutters into storm drains, you are over watering! With the inevitable drought conditions which we are facing, we can all do our part to conserve water and this is the time of year where a little effort goes a long way.
As there are always exceptions to every rule, the exception to this rule would be for your large trees that are not in lawn areas. Due to the low amounts of rainwater we have in san diego you may want to purchase a soaker hose (usually made from recycled truck tires) and deep soak your large trees (not in lawn areas) at a low trickle for 4-8 hours at a time, one time a month. Never water to the point of seeing run-off, the goal is to water to a depth of 12Ã¯Â¿Â½ allowing your trees to be healthier in the spring!
If you are on our maintenance schedule, we will be checking the following items. If you are not on a maintenance schedule with us, we suggest you check these items as well:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ We will check your rain gutters, downspouts and yard drains and make sure they are clean and in working condition.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ We will walk the perimeter of your home and be sure your soil and or mulch levels are not too high against your foundation. The standard is 4″ to 6″ below your stucco screed.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ We will check to see if your large trees need a proper pruning to allow the winds to blow through them in order to prevent damage.
If you need help assessing your irrigation systems efficiency, give us a call to set up a consultation.
Nick is from England and has been with Schnetz Landscape for 10 years. Not only has Nick been with us for a decade, he has also just recently become a U.S. citizen! Nick is a very important part of our team. He is caring, creative, a great employee and we are proud of his success.
We threw Nick a pizza party as a celebration of his successes. Pictured above is Nick and his guests who all made pizza from scratch in Bill and Lori Schnetz’ Home. We all had a great time and look forward to many more years with Nick on our team!
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