by Charlene Burgi
Since we're celebrating Earth Day this week, I won't bore you with things you already know and are already doing to save water in your garden. As a result:
I won't discuss how a smart controller, properly programmed and controlling a well-designed irrigation system, can provide just the right amount of irrigation to keep your plants healthy and save water.
I won't remind you how easy it is to install low-precipitation-rate MP rotators by switching out high-precipitation spray nozzles. Nor will I mention that making the switch can help reduce runoff and that MP rotators are especially valuable on sloped areas.
Reminding you to do a monthly irrigation system check for over-sprays, leaks, breaks, or popped emitters isn't needed either.
I won't chat about a rain shutoff device being a separate device that automatically overrides and turns off your controller—even when you are soundly sleeping through the pitter patter of precious raindrops.
| Morning coffee
On that same note, I won't need to share that watering in the wee hours is far more beneficial to your plants than irrigating after 7 a.m. We know starting the day with a cup of coffee and a healthy breakfast is beneficial to us, and the same goes for plants receiving water before sunup. (But while you may need your daily cup o' joe, remember your plants don't need a daily drink!)
I won't talk about installing a backflow device or designing your irrigation system with an air gap to prevent contaminated water from potentially entering your home or the water mains feeding your neighbors' homes, since you already know this.
I won't chat about how drip systems are more efficient at getting water to the root zone of your plants and minimizing evaporation. Nor will it be necessary to explain how easy it is to purchase a kit to convert overhead spray systems to drip systems to feed your individual plants.
I also don't need to yak about the ease of reducing your irrigation runtimes by a few minutes per station to save even more water.
Nor will I need to converse about how well-established native and low-water-using plants can get by with minimal irrigation if they are slowly weaned off irrigation schedules.
And finally, I don't need to remind you about all the great water-saving rebates
MMWD is offering!
I guess there isn't too much I can tell you except to congratulate you on the awesome job you are all doing saving water! Celebrate Earth Day by continuing to do the right thing by conserving this precious resource.