It was so pleasing to wake during the middle of the night only to hear rain on the roof. What is especially nice is that it is coming down very slow. This constant light mist/drizzle is allowing any moisture that we are receiving to hydrate the soil and the roots of our thirsty plants.
While you can give your irrigation a break for the next day or two, BEWARE - we are in for a big change. The weather service is predicting temperatures in the 90's-100's with Santa Ana winds by Wednesday.
While I know that we typically receive a small amount of rain in October, I, for one, like to think this was a gift from Mother Nature nourishing our plants and protecting our hillsides helping to curtail damage from any imminent fire danger and warm, dry winds.
For now, enjoy the much needed seasonal weather while it lasts!
Viewing a recent video from USA Today demonstrating the potential that drones have to help farmers manage water use in the field, it makes one start to think about the open spaces in urban areas - parks, conservation lands, green belts, etc. and how we could really start to micromanage irrigation maintenance and pest issues without extra labor costs for scouting such concerns.
Southern California landscapes in six known counties are faced with an epidemic situation.
While Northern California can boast about the rain received this last season, Southern California is not so lucky. Folks, we are still in a drought as you can see by the US Drought Monitor map below. Please continue to conserve water in and around your home. As we enter the summer months, be sure to check with your local water supplier as to the current landscape watering restrictions for your area.