Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

MAR 2014

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March 2014 53 I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 4 2 D r o u g h t In California's most populous counties, water agencies are teaming up with Toro to distribute free Precision Series spray nozzles, which can reduce the amount of water a customer uses by up to 30 percent. Residences can receive up to 25 of the high-effciency nozzles and commercial sites can receive over 250. Check with your local wa- ter agency to see what drought-miti- gation programs they are offering. Wi t h a n u m b e r o f U . S . s t a te s e x p e c te d t o r e m a i n i n a s t a te o f d r o u g h t t h r o u g h t h e s u m m e r, l a n d s c a p e p r o - f e s s i o n a l s i n t h o s e a r e a s w i l l h a v e t h e i r w o r k c u t o u t f o r t h e m a s t h e y t r y t o m a i n t a i n t h e b e a u t y o f t h e i r c u s t o m e r s ' g r o u n d s . M i t i g a t i n g t h e E f f e c t s o f Pearl's Premium Ultra Low Maintenance Lawn Seed is the third generation of a heat and drought-tolerant lawn seed mix- ture. The result of 10 years of research, it was designed to grow slowly and put down roots that are 12 to 14 inches deep, which reportedly help it thrive with only one-fourth the water of other grasses. The product has received favorable reviews from Popular Science and This Old House magazines and honors from the Boston Museum of Science. Public entities have their part to do. Cal- trans, which is responsible for 30,000 acres of irrigated landscaping in California, has already instituted these reductions in its irrigation activities: • Cut statewide irrigation activities by at least 50 percent. • Delay all new landscaping projects in severe- ly impacted areas until the next rainy season to preserve the water supply. Postpone all nonessential highway planting. • Cease watering in areas of the state suffering from the most severe drought impacts. • Expand its use of smart irrigation technolo- gies, which turn off automatically when it rains. Such systems can reduce water usage by as much as 50-60 percent. •Use recycled water for irrigation and other activities whenever possible. 052-053.indd 53 3/3/14 11:13 AM

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