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Yearly Archives: 2012

Midsummer Watering Tips

Written on August 10, 2012 at 5:08 pm, by

My Midsummer Night’s Dream

With the very top of summer sliding past,
I often wonder, what’s up with my grass?
It’s brown, it crackles,
It raises my hackles,
And I despair
That it is beyond repair.

It would be a midsummer night’s dream,
For my grass to appear a lush green,
Just in time for my soiree
Where we will play a lively round of croquet.

So dearest Titania, send me a fairy
“Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire. . . .
Swifter than the moon’s sphere . . .
To dew [my herbs] upon the green”
And thus … Read More

The Very Top of Summer

Written on July 26, 2012 at 10:40 pm, by

“The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color.”

Natalie Babbitt’s classic book Tuck … Read More

Keeping it Cool

Written on July 13, 2012 at 3:09 pm, by

Some of my best childhood memories are of rounding up a bunch of friends and running carefree around the backyard being drenched by the sprinklers.  Who didn’t love the spraying frenzy?  After about fifteen minutes of sprinkler time I would race for the hose and start squirting everyone!  Sooner or later they would get the courage to chase me down to try to pry it from my hands.  Finding myself outnumbered I would make a quick retreat to the most convenient place, the roof.  That’s right, the roof (good thing … Read More

Hose Faucet Timers

Written on July 2, 2012 at 10:38 pm, by

Joke:

Three plants are talking to each other just after being watered. One says: “Tell me, how did he know we were thirsty? Who told him?”

Another answers: “I think one of us must be a plant.”

Okay, lame jokes aside, how do you know your plants are being consistently watered whether you are at home or away? One great solution is a hose faucet timer.

What is a hose faucet timer?

A hose faucet timer is a simple device that attaches to your faucet and automates hose watering. It is a … Read More

Teaching Kids Water Conservation

Written on June 8, 2012 at 10:39 pm, by

Are you looking for activities to do with the kids this summer that are both fun and educational? Why not teach them about water conservation?

Why teach your kids about conservation?

There are many benefits to becoming a water-wise family, including saving money, but there’s more to it than that. Conservation is a community effort and learning begins in the home. By teaching your kids about conservation you teach them to look beyond themselves—to see the beauty and wonder in the world.

Did you know?

Each time you water your lawn you can be … Read More

Square Foot Gardening

Written on June 4, 2012 at 2:34 pm, by

With processed foods increasingly prevalent, many people are seeking natural and organic options for their diet.  But a trip to your local grocery store will reveal that although going green may be healthier for your diet, it does little for your budget.

To combat these high prices many people are growing their own produce and square foot gardening is making it easy.

What is Square Foot Gardening?

Square foot gardening is an innovative approach to traditional single-row gardening.  At its basic level, square foot gardening consists of a 4′ x 4″ raised planter … Read More

Orbit Sprinkler System Designer

Written on May 23, 2012 at 10:50 pm, by

The Orbit Sprinkler System Designer™ is a unique combination of technology and Orbit’s high-quality irrigation products and service.  It is the world’s first and only online, real-time, free sprinkler system design tool.

What does it do?

In a few easy steps the Orbit Sprinkler System Designer™ allows you to design a personalized sprinkler system based on your own property.  When your design is complete you will have a visual plan to follow in addition to a parts list, price estimate, and instillation instructions.  The parts list is compatible with all hardware/home improvement stores, … Read More

Water Conservation – Save Water and Money

Written on May 4, 2012 at 11:01 pm, by

Are you interested in water conservation?  Do you want to save money?  Just interested in having a beautiful yard?

You can save water and money.  Here’s how:

Start your sprinkler system right—inspect, repair, and adjust
Set your sprinkler timer schedule—aim to apply about 1”-1.5” of water per week during cooler months
Adjust your watering frequency—depending on the time of year, soil type, and plant needs

How much water am I using?

Sprinkler heads release water at the rate of about 1.5 to 3 Gallons per Minute (GPM).  So let’s say that you have 50 sprinkler heads … Read More