Tip of the Month 2020

By Solvang Green on Jun 11, 2020 at 11:50 PM in Featured News

Tip of the Month

Stormwater and Water Conservation

Tip of the Month 2020

MONTH

STORMWATER TIP OF THE MONTH

WATER CONSERVATION TIP OF THE MONTH

July

If you are going to wash your car, take it to a local commercial carwash or make sure the wash water drains safely to a landscaped area. Visit your City’s Stormwater Management webpage (City of Buellton or City of Solvang) to learn more about Stormwater Pollution Prevention for mobile cleaning activities.

Do you know how to water your trees?  Learn how to install an In-line Drip System or how to create a Drip Bucket to deep soak your tree. Check out this helpful video How to Water your Trees for additional information.  For more landscaping tips and videos go to WaterWiseSB.org.

August

If your car is leaking oil/vehicle fluids, repair the leak quickly and clean-up the oil using absorbent material (kitty litter) and dispose of it properly. Visit your City’s Stormwater Management webpage (City of Buellton or City of Solvang) to learn more about Stormwater Pollution Prevention. Go to Less is More for information about hazardous waste collection options in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Are you overwatering your lawn or garden? Use the Water Wise Landscape Water Calculator to help estimate the right amount of water for your garden. Check out this helpful video How to use a Watering Calculator for additional information. For more landscaping tips and videos go to Water Wise Santa Barbara.

September

When trimming back vegetation before the rainy season, place all your unused landscape waste in your green waste container or leave it on site as mulch. Visit your City’s Stormwater Management webpage (City of Buellton or City of Solvang) to learn about Best Management Practices for Landscaper’s.

Don’t forget to check for leaky hoses and fittings, before evaluating your outdoor water usage. Check out this helpful video Stopping Leaks in Outdoor Water Systems for additional information.  For more landscaping tips and videos go to Water Wise Santa Barbara.

October

Check your drainage before the rainy season by keeping concrete/grass swales free of litter or debris and remove any sediment build-up. Be sure to repair any damage but DO NOT alter or re-grade slopes without consulting an expert. Visit your City’s Stormwater Management webpage (City of Buellton or City of Solvang) to learn more about Stormwater Pollution Prevention.

Adjust your pop-up sprinklers to direct water to your lawn, and away from your driveway or sidewalk.  Check out this helpful video Adjusting the Sprinklers for Water Conservation for additional information.  For more landscaping tips and videos go to Water Wise Santa Barbara.

November

Keeping used cooking oil/grease container lids closed and promptly cleaning up spills will help prevent odor, vermin, and stormwater pollution. Visit your City’s Stormwater Management webpage (City of Buellton or City of Solvang) to learn about Best Management Practices for Restaurants.

Did you know Smart Controllers use local weather data via satellite to determine how much watering is need?  Check out this helpful video New Efficient Technology for Home Water Conservation for additional information.  For more landscaping tips and videos go to Water Wise Santa Barbara.

December

Help prevent health and safety hazards to human and aquatic life: 1) Prevent landscape waste from entering the street, gutter, and storm drains; 2) Move your cars off the street on your City’s street sweeping day; 3) Pickup pet waste before each storm. Visit your City’s Stormwater Management webpage (City of Buellton or City of Solvang) to learn more about Stormwater Pollution Prevention.

Program your irrigation controller to satisfy both your plants needs and conserve water. Check out this helpful video Using an Irrigation Controller for Conservation for additional information.  For more landscaping tips and videos go to Water Wise Santa Barbara.