100 Ways Winners of the Week

Winners and Tips 79-85

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.

Tips 79-85

  • 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.

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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. As the Director for Water Management Solutions at ValleyCrest, Richard is our 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 including the Government and Regulatory Affairs Committee for the Irrigation Association, the San Diego Water Conservation Action Committee and was a founding member of the Central Control Users’ Group in the Central Valley of California.


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