Worried about water consumption in your garden in an era of rising water rates? Ready to install a new watering system and don't know what to choose?
Many gardeners believe they could cut down on the amount of water they use but need some more information about watering systems available and about how to care for older installations to keep them working efficiently. June, before real summer heat comes to the Central Coast, is a good time to look at the way you water your lawns, vegetables, fruit trees, flowers and native plants. Each of these sections of your garden may need different amounts of water, delivered in different ways.
A time-consuming but worthwhile first step for anyone concerned about water usage would be a thorough inspection of drip irrigation: assure emitters are not clogged, hoses not broken, and that plants still exist to profit from emitters. Also check sprinklers and sprayers to see they are aimed correctly and are not causing run-off with your warm-season watering schedule. After evaluation you might want to repair or plan improvement of your irrigation system.
This coming Saturday, Master Gardeners will offer a free lecture and demonstration addressing questions of irrigation. They'll talk about installing systems (including newest bells and whistles of drip irrigation), point out advantages and disadvantages of various ways of watering and discuss water conservation in the garden.
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After an introductory talk, gardeners will tour areas of the Seven Sisters demonstration garden to see how Master Gardeners are irrigating small fruit trees, vegetables, sod and other parts of the garden.
Come garner ideas on better irrigation practices at this free workshop, Saturday, June 18, from 10 AM until noon at the demonstration garden, 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo. Attendees should come dressed for our often variable weather (sunhats and jackets) and bring a folding chair as well as water.