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Water Providers Say Hold Off On Landscape Irrigation

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The sight of sprinklers drenching a lawn on a winter's day can be a big letdown for water conservationists like Linda Yager.

"Of course, for a water efficiency person it's a little frustrating, but not necessarily. I mean, if the plants need water we want folks to water. We just want people only to use what's needed."

Yager is with the Regional Water Authority, an agency that represents two dozen Sacramento area water providers.

She says even without the rain, your yard is getting moisture from frost and fog and should be doing fine without irrigation.

"The lower temperatures; we're having shorter daylight hours; there isn't much that's evaporating; and so there isn't really that much of a need because plants don't need as much water this time of year."

Yager says before turning on your irrigation system, check the soil. Dig down with a trowel or shovel and if the dirt is dry several inches or more below the surface, water the landscape once a week.


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