Monthly Archives: March 2014

Landscape Like a Pro

As you plan your summer landscaping projects, there are a few things to keep in mind. Strategically planning your gardens and lawns will help conserve water and save you money in utility bills. Knowing the best plants and products for the Northern California climate will guarantee your landscaping project success. Select climate-appropriate species. Plants that are native to the area you live are much more likely to thrive and require less water. Grouping plants together by water requirements allows you to water appropriately without over- or under-watering dissimilar plants. Choose plants within the correct Hardiness Zone. The region of our stores (Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Ukiah) …

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6 Tips for a Greener Lawn

With the current drought conditions in the Northern California area, you may be thinking that your lawn could end up as dry as the reservoirs. That doesn’t have to be the case! A few simple tricks can get your grass green and healthy with minimal usage of water. You may just make your neighbors green with envy! 1. Sprinkle Early. Watering during cooler morning hours is ideal. Midday watering increases the amount of evaporation and is less effective. Start your sprinklers before 9 am for the least chance of evaporation water loss. 2. Avoid Concrete. Set up your sprinklers and double check that they hit …

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Spring Greening

It’s almost time for that sunny ritual we all love to hate – spring cleaning! But before you get your checklist ready, there are a few ways you can save water now and the rest of the year. It’s time to green up your clean up! 1. Clean Yourself! Taking showers instead of baths can dramatically reduce your water usage. A full bathtub requires up to 70 gallons of water while a quick five minute shower needs only 10 to 25 gallons. Challenge yourself to take the quickest shower possible – you can time yourself with a stopwatch, or listen to how many songs it …

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