It’s Hot!


The official start of summer is tomorrow.  If you take a look at the record temperatures across the United States you will notice summer has been here for awhile.  The first three months of 2012 were 6 degrees higher than average in the lower 48 states, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  It’s great to be able to wear shorts in February but there are some potential negative effects.  According to  Science Daily global temperatures in May were the second warmest on record.  The most disturbing news to me  is four major heat records fell this year.  In a stunning new climate report from NOAA the lower 48 states set temperature records for the warmest spring, largest seasonal departure from average, warmest year-to-date, and warmest 12-month period, all new marks since records began in 1895.

These high temperatures mean more water is needed for our landscapes.   Summer is upon us and I want to remind everyone especially this summer we really need to focus on proper water management for our landscapes.  Below is a quick list of things you can do today to make your landscape more water efficient.  They are all economical practices that will result in water savings immediately:

  1. Water early in the morning right before dawn. It reduces losses to wind and evaporation.
  2. Water only when needed
  3. Adjust sprinklers to avoid waste and ensure uniform distribution
  4. Test the spray patterns of sprinkler systems; check for clogged lines and mixed nozzle sizes of sprinkler heads; and be sure to repair leaks
  5. Use drip irrigation for ornamental shrubs to reduce water usage
  6. Install a rain shut-off device
  7. Set lawn mower blades higher to increase ground shade and water retention in soil
  8. Mulch around shrubs and planters to reduce evaporation and cut down on weeds
  9. Use a broom, rather than a hose to clean driveways or sidewalks
  10. Use a hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle

For additional ways to save water just search 100 days, 100 ways on the blog and you will see the complete list of 100 water savings tips I put together last year.

And while you’re staying inside, hiding out from the hottest summer on record, be sure to check out the movies in our Summer Entertainment Series: Martha’s 5 Terrifying Water Movies and Alan’s 5 Movies Filmed In The L.A. River.

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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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  1. Wednesday, 10:57 Ginny

    I conserve water when I share a drink with my dog. NO, I don’t let her drink from my water bottle! I make sure that when I squirt a stream of water from my bottle, for her to enjoy, that I’m aiming at the pretty flowers in the nice box that Val built for plants under the mailbox. We all benefit from this little water conservation measure and I thank y’all for making me a better steward of this vital resource.

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