Gardeners' Guild Inc.
The Guild Report:
April 2010   Time for Irrigation System Check
In This Issue
Point of View
Your Irrigation Check
What's New!
Water feature and flower
Quick Links

Point of View
With Employee Owner
Brian O'Hara

"Now that California water regulations have mandated our responsible use of this precious resource the need to use water more efficiently and eliminate water waste has never been greater.  

I believe Smart controller technology is the answer."

Brian O'Hara is an Account Manager, with 20 years water management experience and passionate about water conservation.

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I hope this email finds you well and having an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful weather we've been having.

Our theme this month is irrigation; specifically the system checks you need to do this Spring. See story below.

Please continue to let us know how we can continue to improve.

All the best,
Suzanne Harris
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Irrigation Checks - How & Why

At least once a year
Proper irrigation maintenance is a must no matter the size of your landscape.  It gets exposed to the elements during the winter season and before turning on your system in spring it should be thoroughly checked.
Lawn with irrigation
Why hire a professional
Simply, because you want the maintenance to your system done right.  If not, you run the risk of over watering, leakage, ultimately resulting in stressed plants and a higher water bill.  A landscape industry certified professional will test and make sure all areas are getting the proper amount of water and can troubleshoot your system if repairs are needed.
It is also helpful to have regular meter reading to assess water usage.
 A professional will also:
  • Check for properly functioning sprinkler heads, bubblers and emitters
  • Check filter screens on sprinklers and clean them if necessary
  • Check sprinkler head height and adjust if necessary
  • Adjust sprinkler spray patterns and positions
  • Adjust system to avoid runoff and watering sidewalks, walls and other hardscapes.
  • Set irrigation controller to appropriate schedule and cycles.

Smart Controllers
Over the next few months we will be continuing to write about smart controllers and the various options for homeowners and property  managers.  Stay tuned!


Contra Costa Woman Collects Water for Spring and Summer Irrigation

In December, 2009, Walnut Creek resident Judy Adler started building a rain harvesting system with the help of a contractor. 

A lifelong nature lover, she has turned her land next to Walnut Heights Elementary School into a nature wildlife habitat rather than a classic backyard.

From December to January, Adler stored more than 11,000 gallons of water in the backyard tanks and smaller ones on the side of her house.  She estimates that her roof could capture 22,000 gallons of water.

This story is adapted from the Contra Costa Times March 26, 2010

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"We manage a courtyard office building where we have an opportunity to wow our tenants with beautiful potted plantings. After two failed attempts with other companies we finally have a lush and inviting setting for our tenants and their clients; thanks to Gardeners Guild. They listened to us, understood what we were looking for and delivered. We wholeheartedly recommend them."

Pam McLaughlin, McLaughlin Management Services

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