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100 Ways Winners of the Week

Winners and Tips 65-71

Congratulations to this week’s winners!

  • Linda Preciado of Fair Oaks, CA
  • Jennifer Gonzalez of Bonita Springs, FL
  • Mark Nelson of Baltimore, MD
  • Eric Mellor of Dallas, TX
  • Murray Greene of Hollywood, FL
  • Evelina Stanley of Gardena, CA
  • Debbie Landess of Dallas, TX

You have each won a Hunter® Wireless Rain-Clik™ rain sensor as part of our 100 Ways, 100 Days campaign. You are among the 100 winners who won’t be running your sprinklers in the rain this coming wet season and reaping the benefits.  Everyone else – get on board and let the water savings pour in! Saving water doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. Check back every Monday through early November for a weekly list of water-saving tips you can apply to your property.

Tips 65-71

  • Avoid heavy pruning.  Pruning stimulates growth and your plants require more water.  Think about pruning your plants during the winter or before the season gets warm and dry.
  • Can you take advantage of a downspout in your garden?  I see many gardens that have downspouts draining to areas other than a landscaped area.  This could be an excellent source of direct water for a portion of you garden.
  • Have your soil tested.  Your local Ag extension office can do this for you.  They will also make a few recommendations on how you can improve it.  Healthy soil will allow water to penetrate to the root zone easily.
  • Good soil has organic matter that helps hold water in the soil.
  • Go ahead and buy the one gallon plant instead of the five gallon.  Go small and still be a big winner by saving on the cost of the plant (it will catch up to the five gallon pretty fast) and water.
  • Keep in mind using low water plants on the south side or west sides of buildings is one of the best ways to save water by design.
  • Please don’t leave your garden hose unattended.  A deep watering is good, but sometimes we tend to forget we are watering when we walk away from the hose.

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Richard Restuccia

Richard Restuccia is a water management evangelist. He believes passionately in water efficiency and sees the financial and social benefits far too often to keep a secret. Richard is a spokesperson at industry events and on the Hill to provide direction and insight on landscape water management best practices. Richard puts his words into action through service on various boards and committees. Currently he serves on the Irrigation Association’s Board of Directors. As a board member, Richard serves in a variety of capacities, including government/public affairs. He is the liaison between the board and its marketing committee on the best ways to promote water efficiency and educate industry professionals on new technologies, products and services. Richard is also a regular contributor to Lawn & Landscape Magazine.

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