Tips for Smart Irrigation Month

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Water Wisely
Today’s irrigation systems include sophisticated controllers that allow you to easily adjust watering schedules to fit different needs.
Here are some good tips from the Irrigation Association about how to save water and money on your irrigation system.

  • Get in the zone. Schedule each individual zone in your irrigation system to account for type of sprinkler, best viagra troche sun or shade exposure, cialis and soil in that section. Different zones will almost always need different watering schedules.
  • Consider soil type. Type of soil determines how quickly water can be absorbed without runoff. Watering more than soil can absorb causes runoff and waste.
  • Don’t send water down the drain. Set sprinklers to water plants, nurse not your driveway, sidewalk, patio or buildings.
  • Water only when needed. Saturate root zones and let the soil dry. Watering too much and too frequently results in shallow roots, weed growth, disease and fungus.
  • Water at the best time. Watering during the heat of the day may cause losses of up to 30 percent due to evaporation. Prevent water loss by watering when the sun is low or down, winds are calm and temperatures are cool — typically between the evening and early morning.
  • Water more often for shorter periods. For example, setting your system to run for three, 5-minute intervals lets soil absorb more water than watering for 15 minutes at one time, reducing runoff.
  • Adapt watering to the season. Familiarize yourself with the settings on your irrigation controller and adjust the watering schedule regularly based on seasonal weather conditions. Or invest in a smart controller so your system can make these changes automatically.

Smart Irrigation Month is an initiative of the Irrigation Association, a non-profit industry organization dedicated to promoting efficient irrigation. Learn more atwww.smartirrigationmonth.org.

TODAY IS UGLY TRUCK DAY

July 20th is Ugly Truck Day. Have you ever owned an ugly truck? And, can you guess which state has the most trucks? If you guessed Texas you’re right!

Did you know that in Arizona there is one truck for every six people? It’s not surprising. Just look around when you’re driving and you’ll see just how many trucks on on our Arizona roads.  And, another interesting fact from census.gov is that the number of pickups increased in Arizona from 1992 to 1997 by 27.2 percent.

Be proud of your ugly truck.

Roadrunner Sighting

It seems as if there are lots more roadrunners out in Tucson this year than in previous years.

I spotted this very friendly roadrunner at The Lodge at Ventana pool last weekend. My husband and our grandkids were there with me to get out of the heat and have a little fun. We noticed this guy hanging around the pool. He seems quite comfortable around people and didn’t get scared when I took his picture. He eventually moved on and we continued with our fun.

The roadrunner can run 15 mph and can fly but often doesn’t.

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