While your landscape plants will fair pretty well with intermittent rain storms, your potted plants may have a tendency to dry out. It's not too late to purchase a rain barrel or two. Take advantage of the rain, by capturing it (even if it is only drizzle, you will be surprised at what you will collect), and using it to water those thirsty container specimens saving a few dollars while you are at it too.
During the expo, there was plenty to do for both kids and adults while enjoying their time at the Center, guests were able to sit in on a presentation or two to learn how you go about removing turf, or maybe find out about new water-wise plant varieties, or about new irrigation products. If not engaged with one of the speakers, they might even talk to one of the many exhibitors on hand, catch a 'hands-on demonstration', or taste the wonderful fruits of the season grown at South Coast REC courtesy of the REC's extension program and project researchers.
It was truly a great day - smiling faces everywhere you turned. If you didn't make it this year, be sure to save the date for next year - September 30, 2017!
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.