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Help Save California’s Water Now

California, it’s time to adopt a new habit. One of our most important resources is in trouble, and we need to do everything we can to protect it today and into the future.

Our state is facing severe water challenges, and many communities and ecosystems are suffering as a result. Environmental problems, the pressures of a growing population and the effects of climate change are making it extremely difficult to keep water flowing reliably to our economy, our environment, our farms and our communities.

State and local water managers are working on long-term solutions, including investments in our water infrastructure. But in the meantime, California needs every drop of water it can get, which is why we all need to do more to conserve water. Doing everything we can to save water today will go a long way toward helping our water supply situation while we move ahead with the necessary long-term fixes.

The good news is that it’s not difficult to save water in our daily lives. Just as Californians have embraced compact-fluorescent light bulbs and recycling, we can adopt habits to reduce our water use inside and outside our homes on a daily basis. As we have seen with energy conservation, small changes in our daily habits can make a big difference for California.

In 2009, the California Department of Water Resources joined with the Association of California Water Agencies—450 public water agencies throughout the state—to form a statewide conservation and education program called “Save Our Water”. This effort is aimed at helping Californians learn about our water challenges and ways to save water inside and outside our homes.

For example, did you know that the typical Californian uses much more water outdoors than indoors? Watering the lawn, washing cars and cleaning off the driveway and patio use much more water than you might think. Simple changes to our behavior, such as watering only when your landscape needs it or using a broom instead of the hose on the driveway, can add up to big water savings for the state.

So join in this statewide effort to save California’s water. Plant water-wise landscaping, install a SMART irrigation controller, and take shorter showers. These are just a few of the easy ways we can all help to “save our water.”

For more information about how to conserve water or about the “Save Our Water” public education program, please visit www.saveourH2O.org or join the effort on Facebook and Twitter.

Belmont Village – Commercial Landscape in Burbank

Commercial Landscape Burbank

Since the Salazar Gardening team expanded landscape servicing into the commercial building market we have been honored to work with many great companies and to meet many wonderful people. Today we are showcasing Belmont Village Apartments, a well known and respected senior living complex located in Burbank in the Los Angeles area.

In October 0f 2012 facilities manager Brandon requested we bid for scheduled commercial landscape services. As is not uncommon in our field, the buildings landscape was in bad shape. Many areas were overgrown, while some turf areas had become dry and bare. This was certainly not the presentation Belmont Village Management wanted for the apartments and their residents.

After getting the green light our team completed a clean-up and detail session. Our crews spent an entire day trimming, pruning and cleaning away. As we provided routine monthly maintenance, Brandon approved reseeding and repairing their turf, and adding new color to increase curb appeal. The difference in landscape service is apparent to staff, guests and passerby’s.

We are proud to continue to be a partner to Belmont Village Apartments.

 

Here is a before picture(thank goodness for change!):

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New Sod Install: Elite Plus Fescue

Recently we installed new sod for an existing maintenance service customer in Burbank. After considering a few options she chose Elite Plus Fescue Sod. This type of fescue has become very popular in recent times. It is very durable and its long, rich green blades make it very attractive. Here are some of the added benefits of this sod type:

  • A combination of fescue and bluegrass that has created a self-repairing lawn.
  • Will fill in as damage occurs.
  • Shade and drought tolerant, resistant to disease, slower growing than most fescues.
  • Very good for pet wear, child play areas, and as sports turf.

So lets go over proper sod installation procedures.

1. Irrigation check/Installation

First things first. A fully functional irrigation system must be in place before installing any type of sod, or even reseeding. This mean that the entire prepared area has enough water pressure and uniform water coverage, We also strongly suggest the entire system be kept on a timer. It may seem simple to water manually, but it rarely the case. Automatic water scheduling option is so important that we will seldom install new sod if the option is not present.

2. Soil Preparation

Clean the soil manually (extremely recommended), or kill weeds and grasses with a recommended herbicide. Remove rocks and debris; add organic soil amendment, about 3 to 5 yards per 1000 sq. ft, and.roto-til/mixl to a depth of 6 to 8 inches.

3. Grading

Work the soil, then level and smooth with a rake. If soil seems loose, rolling may be done to firm soil before installing the sod. Final grade should be 1 inch below walkways and driveways. Water soil lightly, just before installing sod. Spread area with a starter fertilizer.

4. Sod Installation

Begin to install your sod immediately after delivery. Start laying your sod along a straight edge such as a walkway or driveway. Butt joints tightly together, do not overlap. Stagger joints similar to rows of bricks. Use a sharp knife to cut and shape sod around curves, trees and borders.

5. Weighted Rolling

Roll will smooth and level your sod and press out air spaces below the sod.

6. Soak with Water

Water immediately after installation is complete. Keep your new lawn moist, but not soggy during the first 7 to 10 days after installation. Talk to your service consultant about an optimal watering schedule the first couple of weeks.

Easy as pie. Now go out enjoy your beautiful new lawn!