Our rain gauges are ready, is your landscape ready? Tuesday's forecast for approximately an inch of rain means your irrigation system should be off, and can stay off for the remainder of the week. Too much water on your plants and grass can cause as much damage as not enough water. Take some time to evaluate your landscape before turning your sprinklers back on this weekend. If you don't have a moisture meter to determine if there is moisture at the root bed of your plants and grass, you can use your finger. If you can put your finger into the soil up to your first knuckle, and there is some moisture, you don't need to irrigate. When turning your sprinklers back on, reduce your irrigation time and frequency. Cooler temperatures and less sun because of daylight savings, keep moisture in the ground longer. And don't forget, we are still in drought conditions and SFID is in Drought Level 2 actions, so all irrigation should occur before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
SFID has various rebates and resources available to help you eliminate water waste. Customers are currently eligible for reduced costs on rain barrels from the Solana Center. You can also sign up for a landscape audit, to have a professional identify ways to reduce water use and let you know what rebates are available. Rebates, including tax-exempt turf replacement rebates, are available on a first-come, first-served policy, and it is important to sign up for the rebates before making any changes or purchasing anything. Rebates include indoor and outdoor fixtures such as toilets, weather-based irrigation controllers, sprinkler nozzles, and agriculture improvements for unincorporated areas.
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