Congratulations to this week’s winners!
- Paulette Nicoliello of Westboro, MA
- Kay Kite of Riverside, CA
- Linda Hardwick of Ft. Myers, FL
- Keith Thomas of Keller, TX
- Pete Kreuser of Sacramento, CA
- Noel Johnston of Frisco, TX
- Lisa Vogel of San Francisco, CA
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.
- Get ready to plant. The best time to plant a new landscape bed is late fall or early spring. The soil is usually easier to work with now, and more importantly your plants will have time to put down roots before the heat of summer.
- Water your new plants thoroughly a couple days before you plant them. This way their roots will be moist and the plants won’t get so stressed.
- Inspect the root balls before you plant them. If the roots are overgrown don’t be afraid to prune back the twisted ones so they get a good start. This way your roots will have the best chance to penetrate deep into the soil saving water in the future.
- Rainwater harvesting is beginning to catch on. Manual watering that includes a hose bib at the bottom of the rain barrel is a common small system solution.
- Larger rainwater harvesting systems can use a storage tank or cistern connected to gravity fed drip system which can distribute water to a large quantity of plants. These typically turn on and off manually.
- The larger rainwater systems are designed with automatic timers and pumps. These can distribute water to large areas, but almost always require a professional designer and installer.
- The average family of four can save 30,000 – 40,000 gallons a year by using a greywater system.